Concert: Hagia Sophia: The Sounds of Byzantium

September 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fields Sunken Ballroom

*Please note this concert has moved to the Fields Sunken Ballroom, 1st floor of the Mark Building.

Is it possible to travel back in time to experience the sounds of 13th-century Constantinople in real-time? Here is your opportunity to find out: a live concert experience in the virtual-reality acoustic of Byzantium’s iconic cathedral of Hagia Sophia. For nearly a decade, Portland-based vocal ensemble Cappella Romana has collaborated with scholars and technologists at Stanford University to create this program.

With an over-11-second reverberation time, Hagia Sophia was for 1,000 years the largest enclosed space in the world. At the Museum, enjoy the Northwest premiere of this fascinating project that marries technology, architecture, and art and music history to create a can’t-miss immersive sound experience. It also announces Cappella Romana’s November release of its new surround-sound recording called “Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia.”

A pre-performance documentary film will share the history and innovations of this project, including interviews with Alexander Lingas (Music Director and Founder of Cappella Romana; Musicologist, City-University of London), Bissera Pentcheva (Professor of Art History, Stanford University), and Jonathan Abel (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University).

Purchase tickets

To receive the $35 Portland Art Museum Member ticket price please use discount code: PAM when checking out.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.