The Sistine Chapel Choir from Vatican City Surprises and Mesmerizes New York City

The Pope’s Choir, Capella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, captivated a surprised audience at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City today with a prayerful song during a pop-up performance. Coming on the heels of an iconic performance at the Met Gala on Monday night, the Choir comprised of 16 men and 20 boys, performed the breathtaking piece “Miserere,” a universal prayer for peace, furthering Pope Francis’ message of unity among all people during the 20-minute performance.

“In choosing a setting for this unique moment today, we were careful in selecting a location symbolic of furthering Pope Francis’ message of unity and peace,” said Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella, who leads the Sistine Chapel Choir. “The Oculus is special in that it sits adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial, one of the most significant locations in New York. We were humbled to perform there and spread our message of closeness among people of all faiths and religious confessions.”

Serving as the centerpiece of The World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center opened to the public in 2016. Sitting adjacent to the Ground Zero memorial, it was designed to resemble a dove taking flight, with a structure formed by softly-curving, white, steel ribs that rise from below the ground to form a dome over its vast concourse.

The choir has garnered critical acclaim and recognition as they travel and perform around the globe. It is comprised of a highly accomplished group of professional singers, chosen from all around the world. The treble section, known as the Pueri Cantores, is made up of boys aged between 9 and 13, who are selected through rigorous auditions.

Serving as the Pope’s personal choir, the 1500-year old Sistine Chapel Choir is the oldest and most respected active choir in the world today. 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.

The Sistine Chapel Choir, in partnership with Concerts West/AEG Presents, Brokaw Co. and TEI, recently announced its first-ever U.S. coast-to-coast tour scheduled for July 2018. These very special engagements will celebrate divine music and the human spirit. For more information, visit

The Choir has invited local choirs to open the evening in each city with a special performance including the Georgia Boys Choir in Atlanta, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir in New York, The Choirs of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and School with the St. Louis Festival Singers in St. Louis, The Heart of Detroit Festival Choir featuring Audivi in Detroit, Archdiocese of Miami Jubilee Choir in Miami, The Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish Choir and Saint Anselm College Choir in Boston, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chicago and Chorus Angelorum and The California Mission Sinfonia in Los Angeles.




07.03.18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
07.07.18 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
07.09.18 St. Louis, MO The Fabulous Fox Theatre
07.11.18 Detroit, MI Detroit Opera House, presented by Corporate Travel
07.13.18 Miami, FL James L. Knight Center
07.17.18 Boston, MA Wang Theatre
07.21.18 Chicago, IL Arie Crown Theatre
07.23.18 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater

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