Updated: ‘The Pope’s Choir’ coming to LA in July

Update:  Sadly, the Vatican decided in later spring to cancel the entire tour of the Sistine Chapel Choir. No explanation was given.

It’s a choir that has been in existence for centuries, in the most most famous sacred space in Christendom.  And for the first time ever, they’re touring America.

The Sistine Chapel Choir has announced this project, unprecedented in their 1500-year history, with not a small amount of fanfare.  Details of the local program are yet to be announced, but we’ll keep you posted. What we do know are the basic concert details:

Monday, July 23, 7pm
Microsoft Theater, downtown LA


We’ll keep an eye on this one: more bulletins as events warrant!

Press release follows.


“The Pope’s Choir” Announces First-Even U.S. National Tour With Performances Coast-To-Cost Including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago

News provided by the Sistine Chapel Choir — MARCH 27, 2018


With a 1500-year tradition, the Sistine Chapel Choir brings the oldest and most respected active choir in the world to America

“This was a rare opportunity not only to enjoy Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant and to hear the same choir that sings at papal Masses, but also to see a living embodiment of renewal and beauty.” -Matthew Bunson, National Catholic Register, 2017

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Sistine Chapel Choir from Rome, commonly recognized as “the Pope’s Choir,” in partnership with Concerts West/AEG Presents, Brokaw Co. and TEI announced today its first-ever U.S. national tour scheduled for July 2018, including appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Detroit and St. Louis. Ticket information and public on sale date will be announced soon. For additional tour information, visit SistineChapelChoirTour.com.

Choir images and announcement video.

The angelic voices of the Sistine Chapel Choir have garnered critical acclaim and recognition as they travel and perform around the globe. Through its liturgical music, the Choir communicates a message of peace and closeness among people, even if they are of other faiths or other religious confessions.

“The Sistine Chapel Choir is delighted and honored to embark on our historic first U.S. national tour,” said Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella, who leads the Sistine Chapel Choir. “We are excited to experience the many great cities we will visit and look forward to sharing our cutting-edge research and study of Renaissance music, directly from the archives of the Sistine Chapel, preserved in the Vatican Library, to audiences across America.”

Maestro Palombella is the only person to have full access to the Vatican’s archives which date back to the 6th century. This historic collection of music is woven throughout their papal performances and concerts around the world for all to enjoy. He was responsible for bringing back a revival of Renaissance singing to the Choir, for which the Sistine Chapel Choir was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK Award for classical music in 2016.

Serving as the Pope’s personal choir, today, the world-renowned chorus is comprised of a highly accomplished group of 20 professional singers, chosen from all around the world. The treble section, known as the Pueri Cantores, is made up of 35 boys aged between 9 and 13, who are selected through rigorous auditions. The Schola Puerorum is an exclusive school just for the Pueri Cantores, where the usual school curriculum is accompanied with an intense musical education, so that the boys can pursue their passion for music and develop their talent professionally.

With a 1500-year history, the Sistine Chapel Choir is the oldest and most respected active choir in the world today. Officially known as the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, part of the Choir’s significance is due to its endurance through several centuries, including the Renaissance, which was a fundamental period for the Choir as it found its “theatre” in the Sistine Chapel. Along with the Chapel’s testament to historical beauty with all its frescoes, the Sistine Chapel provides distinctive acoustics that have influenced the Choir’s renowned musical repertoire, one that strikes a perfect balance between tradition and originality. In addition to the Sistine Chapel Choir’s cultural legacy, it plays an active part during the papal celebrations in St Peter’s Basilica and in the Sistine Chapel itself.






Atlanta, GA

Fox Theatre


New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall


St. Louis, MO

The Fabulous Fox Theatre


Detroit, MI

Detroit Opera House, presented by Corporate Travel


Miami, FL

James L. Knight Center


Boston, MA

Wang Theatre


Chicago, IL

Arie Crown Theatre


Los Angeles, CA

Microsoft Theater


SOURCE The Sistine Chapel Choir

Visit their website at sistinechapelchoir.com

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