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Cappella Romana to Present at HCHC

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross Presents A Lecture and Concert By Cappella Romana

Cappella Romana Performs ‘Desert City: Medieval Byzantine Music of The Holy Land' in Boston


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross will present a lecture and concert by Cappella Romana, a vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Kouroumali, the Director of the Center at mjbac@hchc.edu. Free parking will be available on campus and at the Cathedral parking lot in Boston.


Both events will take place Thursday, March 29, 2012. The lecture will be at 2:30 p.m at the Maliotis Cultural Center at Hellenic College Holy Cross, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA  02445.  The concert follows at 7:30 p.m., at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, 514 Parker Street, Boston, MA  02120.


As Holy Week approaches, Capella Romana will perform evocative music of the season composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city's great church fathers: Patriarch Sophronios, Kosmas the Melodist, and Saint John Damascene.

The program continues with hauntingly beautiful chants for Great Vespers for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria as it might have been celebrated at her monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt during the fifteenth century. This music is drawn from Cappella Romana's recent recording "Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium."

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About Hellenic College Holy Cross

Hellenic College Holy Cross, the oldest and largest accredited Orthodox Christian institution of higher education, offers theological, professional and liberal arts programs that integrate faith, learning and service. Hellenic College is a vibrant Orthodox Christian college offering six different majors for both women and men. Students experience its challenging academics that are enriched by cultural opportunities in Boston and abroad. Hellenic College’s integrated approach to education, faith and service prepares men and women for leadership in their professions and in their communities.  The faculties and students of both the undergraduate and graduate schools form one academic community, engaged in the education and formation of the future leaders of our Church and society.