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Arvo Pärt: Cappella Romana in the Pacific NW & British Columbia

Location: Oregon, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
CAPPELLA ROMANA Vocal Ensemble Opens its 2009-10 Series in August with
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance (Special Sale on tickets until Monday, July 27)
In Portland, Seattle, and in British Columbia, Culminating with a performance at MusicFest Vancouver
 “When East meets West ... a captivating recital”  —Gramophone Magazine (April 2009)

Celebrated vocal ensemble Cappella Romana performs a program of music by world-famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt this August in Portland, Seattle, and Salt Spring Island and Vancouver, BC.  MusicFest Vancouver (formerly Festival Vancouver) presents Cappella Romana for the second time in their vocal series, which this year also features ensembles from Germany, Taiwan, and Finland. Led by Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana was one of North America’s first proponents of the music of Pärt – it gave the North American premiere of Pärt’s Passio in 1994, which was then broadcast on NPR that year.

Renowned for spiritually profound musical settings of sacred Latin texts, Arvo Pärt has also set many Eastern Orthodox hymns. In this concert, patterned on an Orthodox service of supplication (Paraklesis or Moleben), Cappella Romana offers a selection of Pärt’s English and Slavonic works including Triodion and excerpts of his monumental Kanon Pokajanen, the Kanon of Repentance.

PORTLAND: Fri, Aug 7, 2009, 8pm
 St. Philip Neri Church, SE 18th & Division 503.205.0715
SEATTLE: Sat, Aug 8, 2009, 8pm
 Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave SW (at Genesee). 800.494.8497 Free pre-concert talks with Dr. Lingas at 7pm. Tickets start at $22, discounts for seniors and students

SALT SPRING ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Sun, Aug 9, 2009, 8pm Salt Spring Island Arts Centre. Information at 250-537-2125.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Mon, Aug 10, 2009, 5:30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown Vancouver, BC.  Presented by MusicFest Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest international summer classical music festivals. For tickets and information, visit or Ticketmaster 604-280-3311.

Cappella Romana’s name (lit. “Roman Chapel”) refers to the Medieval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople (“New Rome”) and its Slavic commonwealth. Each program in some way reflects the musical, cultural and spiritual heritage of this ecumenical vision.
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