The Getty Villa
Baroque ensemble Musica Angelica, performers at a past Concert at the Villa

Concerts at the Getty Villa presents world-class musicians performing musical masterpieces inspired by ancient art and literature.

All performances take place in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa. Parking is $10 for performances after 5:00 p.m.


Cappella Romana

Date: Saturday, May 17, and
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. on Saturday;
3:00 p.m. on Sunday
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Tickets: $20; students/seniors $15.

The program at the Getty Villa features Medieval Byzantine chant, the fraternal counterpart to Latin chant in the West. It opens with Holy Week-celebration music composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city's great church fathers: Patriarch Sophronios, Kosmas the Melodist, and Saint John Damascene. The program continues with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful hymns and psalms for Pentecost that reflect the practice of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople before the Latin conquest of 1204. These melodies are drawn from manuscripts held at the Abbey of Grottaferrata near Rome, whose library possesses one of the most important collections of medieval Byzantine chant manuscripts in the world.

Great and Holy Friday in Jerusalem
Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Typikon of the Anastasis (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre), including works by Kosmas the Melodist (8th century), Romanos the Melodist (6th century), Theophanes Protothronos (9th century), and Leo VI the Wise (866–912). The program features the famous Orthodox hymn "Semeron krematai" ("Today He who is hung upon the tree") sung to its original medieval melody.


Byzantine Pentecost before 1204
Medieval Byzantine Chant for the feast of Pentecost, including excerpts of the Kanons for Matins, psalmody for the Divine Liturgy, and the final antiphon (teleutaion) of the Kneeling Vespers. The Abbey of Grottaferratta (Κρυπτοφέρρη) in the suburban hills of Rome has used the Byzantine Rite for over a millennium since its founding in 1004. Drawn from manuscripts made in the monastery's medieval scriptorium, this ecstatic music for Pentecost bears vivid witness to Byzantine musical and liturgical practices preceding the upheavals of the Fourth Crusade's sack of Constantinople in 1204. Featured on Cappella Romana's recording "Byzantium in Rome."

All performing editions by Ioannis Arvanitis

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De Organographia, Gayle and Philip Neuman, performed the music of ancient Greece as transcribed from period notation preserved on stone and papyrus sources. Ancient song, including a surviving fragment from Euripides' play Orestes, as well as dramatic pieces and paeans were also part of the program. The March 16 family concert featured ancient Greek music played on reproductions of period instruments.

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How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.