Between concerts and Pope Francis

Macau Perosi choir goes on tour to Italy

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Macau Perosi Choir will make a two-week tour to Italy in August and are scheduled for two concerts, performances at Masses and visits to emblematic places in the Vatican. The highlight of the tour will be an audience with Pope Francis. The choir will perform works by Áureo Castro and Guillermo Schmid (Austria), as well as Doming Lam and Young Lam.

“We are very grateful for a chance to visit Italy and, possibly, for giving a performance to His Holiness,” said John Ng, the conductor of Macau Perosi Choir, adding that “our aim is to promote sacred music and also what can be found in the archives of the Saint Joseph’s Seminary.”

“It is a great responsibility to represent Macau abroad and get to know some of the musical productions in sacred music,” said Young Lam, president of the local Perosi Choir.

Maestro John Ng, conductor of Perosi Choir
Maestro John Ng, conductor of Perosi Choir

On August 3rd, the first day of the tour, the 61-member delegation including 55 singers and instrumentalists, will visit the Vatican Museum, Saint Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. The next day, after visiting the Castelli Romani and Castel Gandolfo, the choir will give the first concert in the Church of Santa Maria in Campitelli, at 7:00 PM (local time).

On the August 5th, they are scheduled to attend the papal audience at Saint Peter’s Square, followed by a performance for His Holiness, both of which depend on the Pope Francis’ availability.

The choir will travel on August 6th to the city of Assisi, to perform during the Mass in the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. Three days later, they will visit the Piazzale Michaelangelo (Michelangelo Square) in Florence, and hold the second concert of the tour, this time inside the Saint Bartholomew’s Church.

Young Lam, president of Perosi Choir
Young Lam, president of Perosi Choir

The next performance is reserved for August 11th, during the Mass of the Maria Theothokos’ (“Mother of God”) Church, in Loppiano (to be confirmed). Within two days, the chorus will visit the cities of Pisa and Venice. On August 14th they will sing during the anticipated Mass of Assumption of Mary, in Saint Mark’s Basilica, in Venice (to be confirmed). The return to Macau is scheduled for August 15th.

Macau Perosi Choir repertoire includes music from the Saint Joseph’s Seminary that goes back to 1924, as well as that of Áureo Castro, Guillermo Schmid, Monsignor André Ngan and Lancelot Rodrigues, and also Doming Lam and Young Lam, among others. The choir was established in 1997 and is independent of the Catholic Diocese of Macau, but strongly influenced by sacred music.

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