The Sistine Chapel Choir from Rome, commonly recognized as “the Pope’s Choir,” in partnership with Corporate Travel and the Archdiocese of Detroit, made its first-ever performance in Detroit during its historic 2017 return to the U.S. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

   

 
 

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The Sistine Chapel Choir from Rome, commonly recognized as “the Pope’s Choir,” in partnership with Corporate Travel and the Archdiocese of Detroit, made its first-ever performance in Detroit during its historic 2017 return to the U.S. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

  Sistine Chapel Choir plays historic Ste. Anne's Church during visit to Detroit

By Claudia Lugo
Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - On Friday September 22, 2017, the Sistine Chapel Choir, better known as "the Pope's Choir", gave a special community performance at Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church on the eve of the choir's performance at the Detroit Opera House on September 23. Their performance in Detroit culminates the Choir’s historic return to U.S. for the first time in over 30 years.

Ste. Anne de Detroit Parish, the oldest parish in the Detroit archdiocese and second-oldest parish in the United States, was a perfect setting for the Choir’s outstanding performance that included the best of Renaissance music.

The evening started with a prelude concert with the performances of St. Luke’s Catholic Choir & Prescott Chorale from Florida and Arizona respectively; The Mosaic Youth Singers from Detroit and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance Chamber Choir. It was The Mosaic Youth Singers with their breathtaking performance of “Bright Mansions” by Roland Carter that brought the audience to a standing ovation.


 It was The Mosaic Youth Singers with their breathtaking performance of “Bright Mansions” by Roland Carter that brought the audience to a standing ovation. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

Right after these great performances and with high expectation, sharply at 7.00 pm, the Sistine Chapel Choir made its entrance. Attendees were delighted with the magnificent voices of a highly-accomplished group of 22 men and 29 boys directed by Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella who was appointed as Master Direction of the Sistine Chapel Choir in 2010 by His Holiness Benedict XVI.

Maestro Palombella has complete access to the Vatican’s archives, the biggest collection of Renaissance music in the world, and brought to the stage ten musical works from the 16th century in a spiritual journey through Psalms and Verses from the Bible.

One of the most remarkable moment was the performance of “Miserere” by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri which was written for two choirs. The audience was surprised when part of the choir sung the Miserere chant at the front and another part responded from the back filling up the church with their world-class voices. The concert ended with the performance of “Tu Es Petrus” by Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina, a musical piece normally used to create an atmosphere of quiet reverence at the pope's entrance.

The audience responded with a stand up ovation at the end of the concert.

Detroit is the last stop in the Choir’s visit to U.S. after its performances in New York City and Washington, D.C.

About The Sistine Chapel Choir
The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir, officially known as the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, is the oldest choir in the world and the Pope’s personal choir. Last year, the Sistine Chapel Choir was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK Award for classical music. As early as the 5th and 6th centuries there are records of singers being part of the papal entourage. Today, some 1,500 years later, the role of the Sistine Chapel Choir remains the same, namely, to sing for the papal liturgies at the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

In addition to its main commitment under the Papal Liturgy, the Sistine Chapel Choir, performs in concerts around the world and carries out, according to its mandate, a work of Evangelization through the historical heritage of music for Liturgy.



 

 

 

   




 
 
 

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