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The Sistine Chapel Choir - Sacred Music Concert

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St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica

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Toronto, ON M5B 1X5

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Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina

Sacred Music Concert
Also featuring the voices of St. Michael's Choir School

This September, the Sistine Chapel Choir will make a historic trip to North America. Commonly referred to as the “Pope’s Choir,” this highly-accomplished group of 30 boys and 22 men sing for the Holy Father’s liturgies. The Sistine Chapel Choir is considered the most prominent and oldest choir in the world, dating back to the 7th Century.

The Archdiocese of Toronto welcomes you to our newly restored St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica for this inaugural event of the St. Michael’s Concert Series, a joint program of the Cathedral and St. Michael’s Choir School.



September 20, 2017 - Sold Out:
Due to overwhelming demand, tickets for the Sistine Chapel Choir Concert are now sold out. We are pleased to announce that the concert will be livestreamed via the St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica website. Visit www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live to access the livestream on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming the Sistine Chapel Choir to the Archdiocese of Toronto!

Important: Please print and bring your email confirmation to gain entry to the Cathedral.

Please ensure you arrive and are seated by 7:15 p.m. Seating is general admission.

St. Michael's Cathedral is located at 65 Bond Street, east of Yonge Street between Dundas Street East and Shuter Street. The Cathedral is a five-minute walk from either the Dundas or Queen TTC subway stations.

Parking: There is limited paid parking available on the street and in lots to the north and east of the Cathedral.

Questions may be directed to events@archtoronto.org



History of the Choir

The Pontifical Musical Chapel “Sistina” is the chorus of the liturgical celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. Present since the first centuries of the Church, it was reorganized in the sixth century by Pope St. Gregory the Great, underwent major changes under Boniface VIII, and it was reorganized by Sixtus IV in 1471. Since then, the Pontifical Musical Chapel became the Pope’s personal choir and was renamed “Sistina choir” as a tribute to the man who revived it, and because usually the choir sang in this chapel.

During the Renaissance, the choir included singers such as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Luca Marenzio, Cristobal Morales, Costanzo Festa, Joaquin de Prés and Jacob Arkadeh. In the 19th Century the Chapel had, as its illustrious directors, composers such as Giuseppe Baini and Domenico Mustafa. In 1898, Maestro Lorenzo Perosi became the director and, in 1956, Domenico Bartolucci. From 1997 to 2010 it was directed by Msgr. Giuseppe Liberto. On October 16, 2010, His Holiness Benedict XVI appointed Msgr. Massimo Palombella as Master Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir.

In addition to its main commitment under the Papal Liturgy, the Choir of the Sistine Chapel, in its totality as well as with only the White Voices section, performs in concerts around the world. Through the historical heritage of music for liturgy, it carries out, according to its mandate, a work of evangelization.

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