Cappella Romana presents September performances of The Vigil: The Rachmaninoff “Vespers”

Seattle | Portland | San Francisco

Benedict Sheehan

Cappella Romana presents Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil as you’ve never heard it before. Directed by Slavic choral expert Benedict Sheehan from St. Tikhon’s Seminary, the composer/conductor/arranger/writer/teacher of music, also conducted Cappella Romana last season in Peter Tchaikovsky’s Vigil.

The program is enhanced with Znamenny Chants for the Holy Cross and selections by Rachmaninoff’s Russian contemporaries including Nikolai Danilin, Alexander Gretchaninoff, and Alexander Kastalsky.

Glenn Miller

Performances in Seattle and Portland will also feature basso profundo Glenn Miller. Miller’s singing career includes numerous performances and recordings as a member of Conspirare, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Choir of Men and Boys, Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral London, New York Choral Artists, and Vox Early Music Ensemble in Ann Arbor, among others.

A free pre-concert talk and discussion with conductor Benedict Sheehan will take place one hour prior to each performance.

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.

Performances are slated for Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at St. James Cathedral in Seattle; Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland; and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco. For ticket and information, call 1-503-236-8202 or visit


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