Office of Music Arts
Today Saint Sophia Cathedral utilizes the Byzantine music system for all her liturgical services. Please join us on Sunday mornings to hear the beauty and majesty that Byzantine Music can offer!
Byzantine music (Greek: Βυζαντινή Μουσική) is the music of the Byzantine Empire composed to Greek texts as ceremonial, festival, or church music. Greek and foreign historians agree that the ecclesiastical tones and in general the whole system of Byzantine music is closely related to the ancient Greek system. It remains the oldest genre of extant music, of which the manner of performance and (with increasing accuracy from the 5th century onwards) the names of the composers, and sometimes the particulars of each musical work’s circumstances, are known.
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Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington, D.C.
POLIS: THE CITY
A Musical Tribute to the Fall of Constantinople, the Queen of Cities
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the 1,689th anniversary of the dedication of the “City of Constantine” (May 11, 330), Saint Sophia, the “Holy Wisdom of God,” Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington, D.C., celebrating the 4th anniversary of its consecration, will take you on a musical journey lamenting the fall of the most extraordinary and longest-lasting empire in the history of the world, the eleven- centuries old Christian Empire of the Orthodox East, known to the West as Byzantium. This musical tribute will include commemorative songs mourning the genocide of the Greeks of Pontos and Asia Minor.
General Admission: $25
Book a row (10 seats): $20/seat