The Sistine Chapel Choir, one of the oldest religious choirs in the world, will make its Asia debut in Hong Kong on Sept. 21.
Also known as the pope’s personal choir, it has a history that dates back to the sixth century. It has served every pope since 1471.
Several figures in music history have been past members, including Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, the Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music, and Italian priest Giuseppe Baini, a music critic and composer of church music in the 18th century.
The 60-member all-male choir, half of them boys, will also visit Macau and Taiwan.
The group was invited to Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture to “share the church music with Hong Kong people and bring the classic culture of sacred music to Asian audiences”, the choir master Msgr Massimo Palombella told Tai Kung Pao on Wednesday.
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