Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir is a vocal ensemble of students and alumni of Hellenic College Holy Cross. It is named after the sixth-century saint Romanos the Melodist and is dedicated to performing Byzantine and post-Byzantine sacred musical works in the style created and preserved at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. The choir regularly performs in liturgical services as well as at concerts, conferences, lectures, fundraising events, state and national holiday celebrations, and school ceremonies. In addition to Byzantine chant, its repertoire includes Greek folk music, popular and art songs, and modern English adaptations and original settings of sacred texts.
The Boston Byzantine Music Festival celebrates Byzantine music from its origins in the early centuries of the Eastern Roman Empire through its reception in contemporary society. Its concerts, workshops, and academic events explore connections between Byzantine music and other music genres, promote its study at the university level, and foster an appreciation of Byzantium’s musical heritage. Sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, with the New York Life Center for the Study of Pontus and Asia Minor, both at Hellenic College Holy Cross, the Boston Byzantine Music Festival brings together scholars, practitioners, and musicians from the Greater Boston Area, across North America, and abroad to showcase one of world music’s most ancient traditions.
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