Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival

The fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival explores paraliturgical music—music and song written on sacred themes and performed outside of the formal liturgy—in Byzantine and post-Byzantine chant, the music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Jewish tradition, and contemporary composition.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Liturgical and Paraliturgical Hymnology in East and West

Friday, November 11, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Venue: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room, Hellenic College Holy Cross

In this symposium, liturgical scholars and practitioners present papers discussing themes of poetry and song in the medieval and contemporary religious and musical traditions of Judaism and Christianity. Presenters: Richard Barrett (Indiana University), Brian Mayer (Hebrew College), Sarah Jenks (University of Notre Dame), and Nick Giannoukakis (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

 

Practical (Vocal and Psycho-Acoustic) Matters of the Chromatic Genus

NICK GIANNOUKAKIS (Protopsaltis, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA)

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:30–10:15 a.m.
Venue: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room, Hellenic College Holy Cross

In this workshop, Dr. Nick Giannoukakis leads a discussion of the chromatic genus.

Seating is limited. Registration is REQUIRED.

 

Western Chant Immersion

AMELIA LECLAIR (Cappella Clausura)

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Venue: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room, Hellenic College Holy Cross

In this workshop, Amelia LeClair, Cappella Clausura founder and director, introduces participants to the western chant tradition from the Liber Usualis to Hildegard von Bingen.

Seating is limited. Registration is REQUIRED.

 

Basic Nusach: Jewish Liturgical Chanting

LYNN TORGOVE (Kol Arev)

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Venue: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room, Hellenic College Holy Cross

In this workshop, participants learn the basics of Nusach from Lynn Torgove, Kol Arev founder and artistic director.

Seating is limited. Registration is REQUIRED.

 

The Tradition of the Taxis in Hierarchical Liturgies and Services

APOSTOLOS COMBITSIS (Protopsaltis, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Toms River, NJ)

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:30–1:15 p.m.
Venue: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room, Hellenic College Holy Cross

In this workshop, Apostolos Combitsis offers an overview of the proper rubrics to be followed in hierarchical liturgies and services.

Seating is limited. Registration is REQUIRED.

 

Sacred Voices, Sacred Traditions

CAPPELLA CLAUSURA (Amelia LeClair, Director)
HOLY CROSS ST. ROMANOS THE MELODIST BYZANTINE CHOIR (Grammenos Karanos, Director)
KOL AREV (Lynn Torgove, Artistic Director, Amy Liberman, Music Director)

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Performers present the medieval, post-medieval, and contemporary liturgical and paraliturgical music of Christianity and Judaism, including works by the ninth-century Byzantine nun Kassia, the Renaissance lutenist Sulpitia Cesis, the German composer of Jewish liturgical music Louis Lewandowski, and the contemporary composers Joseph Ness and Arvo Pärt.

HOLY CROSS ST. ROMANOS THE MELODIST BYZANTINE CHOIR will be joined by soloists Nektarios Antoniou, Spyridon Antonopoulos, Apostolos Combitsis, Nick Giannoukakis, Demetrios Kehagias, Vasileios Lioutas, and Georgios Theodoridis and accompanied by Panagiotis Aivazidis, kanonaki, Beth Bahia Cohen, violin, Stephanos Karavas, oud, Vasilis Kostas, laouto, and George Lernis, percussion.

KOL AREV will be joined by soloist Cantor Elías Rosemberg and violinist Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, klezmer clarinetist Cantor Becky Khitrik, and accordionist Michael Mclaughlin.

Tickets: $25 • Students: $10 with valid ID
Limited box office sales on the day of performances: $30 per concert (check or credit card only).
DOORS OPEN AT 7:15 PM

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