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Cappella Romana presents A BYZANTINE CHRISTMAS Jan 8-9

Location: Oregon, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Men
CAPPELLA ROMANA Vocal Ensemble presents


Featuring Byzantine chant scholar and expert from Athens

"When East meets West ... a captivating recital"  -Gramophone Magazine (April 2009)

5 January 2010 - PORTLAND, Ore. - Celebrated vocal ensemble Cappella Romana continues its 18th annual series with a full program of BYZANTINE CHANT in the Received Tradition for Christmas and Theophany (Portland: Jan. 8; Seattle: Jan. 9; full details below). A twelve-member ensemble of specialized Byzantine cantors drawn from across North America and from Greece will perform the program, whose interpretations will be informed by Dr. Achilleas Chaldaiakis from Athens, an internationally recognized Byzantine chant scholar and expert.

This program features virtuoso chant in Greek from the Received Tradition as currently performed in Greek Orthodox churches around the world (rather than music of the more ancient Medieval traditions). The program will be performed entirely from Byzantine Notation, a musical notational system that indicates musical intervals by a series of independent signs or neumes, along with additional signs to designate rhythmic divisions and ornamental figures. 

Particularly notable are rarely heard chants for the feast of Christmas, including ecstatic verses sung with Psalms in the service of the Royal Hours, which were originally performed in the presence of the Byzantine Emperors.

Our guest scholar DR. ACHILLEAS CHALDAIAKIS (full biography follows) is Professor at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Athens, Greece, director of the psaltic choir Masters of Psaltic Art and general secretary of the Synodal Institution of Byzantine Musicology.

PORTLAND: Fri, Jan. 8, 2010, 8pm, St. Mary's Cathedral, NW 18th and Couch.
SEATTLE: Sat, Jan. 9, 2010, 8pm, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E.

FOR BOTH CITIES:  Tickets at 503.205.0715 or 800.494.8497
Free pre-concert talk with Dr. Chaldaiakis at 7pm in both cities.
Tickets start at $22, discounts for seniors and students

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. A variety of photos, sound samples, and video clips available upon request.



Achilleas Chaldaiakis was born in Athens in 1969 where he studied Theology and Musicology. He attended post-graduate courses at the Theological School of the University of Athens where he received his doctorate degree from the Department of Music Studies (his doctoral thesis was entitled: "The Polyeleos in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine music composition", Athens 2003, pgs. 992). He has served at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Athens since 1992 initially as an academic assistant enabled to teach by virtue of presidential decree 407/80; he then was elected Lecturer (in 1999) and since 2004 he serves the cognitive subject of Byzantine Musicology as Assistant Professor.

At the same time, he is the choir leader of the psaltic choir The Masters of Psaltic Art; he also is the first chanter of a main church of Athens; he serves as general secretary of the Synodal Institution of Byzantine Musicology; he is a founding member and administrator of the urban non-profit company "All-around-sounds of Anatolia"; he is a founding member of the urban non-profit Company "The Woman from Aigina" and chief editor of the its bienniel cultural publication; he is a scientific collaborator of the critical publication of the complete works of Saint Nektarios and a member of other scientific associations and art organizations.

He has published six self-contained books and coordinated the publication of as many collective volumes. He has published tens of other studies in periodicals and collective works; he has taken part in international musicological and theological conventions. His research activity focuses on the cognitive realms of Byzantine musicology, music folklore, Christian worship, hagiology and hymnography.

He is married and has four children.

Biographies of Cappella Romana at

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