Thursday 23 March 2017
Duomo di Milano
The Sistine Chapel and the music of the popes
In preparation for Pope Francis' visit to Milan
The Sistine Chapel Choir
Directed by Massimo Palombella
Free admission subject to availability, doors open at 7.00 pm
In preparation for the holy Father's visit on 25 March, the Sistine Chapel Choir, the pope's personal choir since the first centuries of the Catholic Church, will hold a special concert among the vaults of the Duomo di Milano on Thursday 23 March 2017 at 7:30 pm, directed by Mons. Massimo Palombella, interpreting 9 pieces that follow the progression of the Liturgical Year of the Catholic Church, from the Advent to the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
For the occasion some of the most beautiful compositions of choral and holy music will be performed:the Gregorian Rorate, caeli, desuper and offertory Ad te levavi by Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina (1525 c. – 1594), the Magnificat (VIII tones) by Orlando de Lassus (1532 – 1594); the motet Super flumina Babylonis by G. P. Palestrina, the famous and beautiful Miserere by Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652) in its original version (Sistine Codex 1661); the Gregorian Christus factus est pro nobis and the following polyphonic version by Felice Anerio (1570 – 1614), and Adoramus te, Christe by Palestrina. Then the well-known Sicut cervus and closing with Tu es Petrus, both by Palestrina.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is the most recurrent composer among the pieces in the program, considering his close connection with the Sistine Chapel Choir: he was a member of the Pueri Cantores during the Renaissance, as well as an extraordinarily expressive and representative figure from that time in terms of the composition of liturgical music.
The performance of these pieces in the Duomo, the international symbol of Milan, is sure to be a moving experience, an anthology of harmony and emotion. Listening to the Sistine Chapel Choir, as a part of the rediscovery of musical culture, will leave an indelible mark on the souls of both believers and spectators.
Free admission subject to availability, doors open at 7.00 pm.