Sistine Chapel Choir presents concert this Friday (19 Sept at 6 pm) at the Cathedral of Macau

Organized by the Coro Perosi, the “Sistine Chapel Choir: Reverberating Heavenly Tunes in Greater China (Concert in Macau)” will be held on 19 September 2014 (Friday), 6pm, at the Cathedral of Macau. Ticket holders are requested to attend the concert 15 minutes prior to the aforementioned time. Seating is not assigned and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This concert will be performed by the Sistine Chapel Choir (Capella Musicale Pontificia “Sistina”) from Vatican City. This is historically the Choir's first visit in Asia and their performances in Greater China will be in the order of Macau - Hong Kong - Taipei. All admission-free tickets had already been distributed in the morning on 6 Sept and in a very short time. Seeing the great demands from the public, the organizer is trying to arrange more spare seats inside the church. So, people without the ticket can try to arrive at the Cathedral earlier and queue up for spare seats. Moreover, provided that the weather and other conditions allow on 19 Sept, there will be a live screen at Largo da Sé next to the Cathedral.

The Sistine Chapel Choir belongs to the Pope’s personal Choir and sings at all the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. Its origins can be traced back to the early centuries of the church. Although nowadays there are thousands of choirs all over the world, the Sistine Chapel Choir is still a leading traditional liturgical choir. Among the composers in the concert program of Macau, such as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) and Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) had been working for the Choir. They had composed many pieces for the Choir which had been used by the Supreme Pontiff for many years and even by the choirs all over the world. Mgr Massimo Palombella is appointed as its choirmaster and director since October 2010.

The concert is sponsored by the Macau Foundation, Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau S.A.R. Government and the Macau Government Tourist Office.