- Jan 25, 2020
With the start of the new year, a seasoned Philadelphia musician is taking on a new challenge as director of the Philadelphia Catholic Gospel Mass Choir.
The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir, known as ‘the pope’s choir,’ will head to the United States this summer for an eight-city concert tour.
By opening up churches, chapels and other sacred spaces at the Vatican and in Rome, singers from around the world experience their craft at “a whole new level.”
This year, the San Quentin Catholic Chapel Choir released four Christmastime tunes, available for purchase for 99 cents each on Apple’s music service.
The new 16-track CD, “Veni Domine: Advent and Christmas at the Sistine Chapel,” was to be released in Italy Oct. 27 and worldwide in November with the proceeds earmarked for the poor through the pope’s charities. The pontifical Sistine Chapel choir, which traces its history back to the 1470s, is dedicated to making its music known beyond the walls of Vatican City and to helping people experience Christ through sacred music.
On Sept. 30, nearly 1,000 people saw Cardinal Shehan students anchor an archdiocesan Catholic Schools Choir in an uplifting performance of the song “Rise Up” at the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s ninth annual gala for Catholic schools. But when the teacher recorded a video of the rehearsal on her phone and shared it on Facebook Live, it gained an unexpected new audience.