Events / “Hymns of Kassianë”
Cappella Romana ensemble

“Hymns of Kassianë”

January 9, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St., Eugene, OR 97405

With “Hymns of Kassianë” concert-goers will discover the ancient music of ninth-century nun, poet, and hymnographer Kassianë, a.k.a. Kassía, sung by an ensemble of female and male psaltës (cantors). This concert features rarely heard music by Byzantium’s most formidable and prolific female composer. New discoveries, researched and led by Cappella Romana music director and founder Alexander Lingas, complement Kassía’s famous The Troparion of Kassianë or Hymn of Kassianë, a confessional by Mary Magdalene to Christ as she pours myrrh over His head just before His passion; and Augoustou monarchesantos or When Augustus reigned, which compares and contrasts the reign of Augustus (27 BCE–14 CE), the first Roman emperor, with the rule of Jesus Christ.