This weekend's Cappella Romana concert features a world-premiere of Robert Kyr's A Time for Life. Written for 8 voices with string accompaniment. A Time for Life combines the text from a Greek Orthodox service for the environment with words Native Americans. The strings consist two vielles and a viola da gamba, which are medieval predecessors of the modern violin and cello. Kyr teaches composition at the University of Oregon.
Pre-concert talks are at 7pm by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, and post-concert reflections begin at 9:30pm with the composer and a panel of environmental leaders.
Friday, November 2, 8:00 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral Portland
Saturday, November 3 8:00 pm at Town Hall, Seattle
Also, CR has just released a new recording: Byzantium in Rome: Medieval Byzantine Chant. This two CD set contains music dating back to the 13th century from the Greek Orthodox community that was located just outside of Rome at the Abbey of Grottaferrata (the Iron Grotto).