Hymns of Kassianí at Bloomington Early Music Festival

Cappella Romana performs its Hymns of Kassianí program at the Bloomington Early Music Festival in Bloomington, IN.

Hymns of Kassianí

Hymns of Kassianí is a stunning exploration of chants and liturgical music—some long-suppressed until recent years—by the earliest known woman composer in history, the Byzantine-Greek abbess, poet, and hymnographer Kassia, performed by the world’s leading ensemble of Byzantine chant and one of the most sought-after early music ensembles in the US. Concert lasts 1.5 hours including intermission. (Portland, OR)

7:15pm | Pre-Concert discussion with Cappella Romana Artistic Director Alexander Lingas and Dana Marsh, Director of the Historical Performance Institute, Jacob’s School of Music.

Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.

Cappella Romana brings to life music that meets a deep human need, not only to belong and to have a shared creative experience, but to feel the full range of ethical, emotional, and spiritual effect as expressed through music. We strive to give an experience that allows you, our audience, to feel a sheer joy that cannot be contained by mere words, but through the ineffable sounds of the human voice in song.

Artists on this Program

Alexander Lingas

Alexander Lingas, music director and founder of Cappella Romana

Alexander Lingas, Music Director of Cappella Romana, is a Reader in Music at City University London and a Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of British… Read More…


Bloomington, IN

Mon 23 May, 8:00pm

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