Memory Eternal: Lycourgos Angelopoulos

Memory Eternal: Lycourgos AngelopoulosA great friend of Cappella Romana, the Byzantine cantor and teacher Lycourgos Angelopoulos died on Sunday. Memory Eternal.

Mr. Angelopoulos was the teacher of Dr. Alexander Lingas, and in many respects was the inspiration for the founding of Cappella Romana. John Michael Boyer was also his student. Both Dr. Lingas and Mr. Boyer will attend his funeral on Wednesday. His Greek Byzantine Choir was presented in the Pacific Northwest by Cappella Romana in 2005. Here is the notice in Kathimerini (a leading Athenian newspaper), a succinct appreciation of the contributions made by Lycourgos Angelopoulos: from medieval chant to contemporary music, from high-profile international concert appearances to regular service as the cantor/choirmaster of the church of St. Irene in Athens.

Following its concerts at the Getty Villa auditorium (on 17 & 18 May 2014), the ensemble retreated to the formal gardens of the outer peristyle, to sing the traditional Eastertide hymn “Christ has risen,” in memory of its dear friend and inspiration, Lycourgos Angelopoulos, who died that morning, 18 May 2014.