Pope's Choir group

The Pope’s Choir performs at the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The Pope’s Choir from Rome will kick off its much-anticipated U.S. national tour at the Fox Theatre in Midtown July 3 at 7 p.m. The Atlanta-based Georgia Boy Choir will open the evening with a special performance.

Tickets will go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased by visiting www.foxtheatre.org or www.sistinechapelchoirtour.com, calling 1-855-285-8499 or going to the Fox’s ticket office. Tickets start at $50, plus applicable fees. American Express Card members will have access to a pre-sale beginning April 11 at 10 a.m. through April 12 at 10 p.m.

The angelic voices of the Sistine Chapel Choir have garnered critical acclaim and recognition as they travel and perform around the globe. Through its liturgical music, the choir communicates a message of peace and closeness among people, even if they are of other faiths or other religious confessions.

Serving as the pope’s personal choir, today, the 1,500-year old Sistine Chapel Choir is the oldest and most respected active choir in the world today. Officially known as the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, 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 choir is comprised of a highly accomplished group of 20 professional singers, chosen from all around the world. The treble section, known as the Pueri Cantores, is made up of 35 boys ages 9 to 13, who are selected through rigorous auditions. They are known for playing an active part during papal celebrations in St Peter’s Basilica and in the Sistine Chapel itself.

Established in 2009 under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor David R. White, the Georgia Boy Choir has quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest choirs of its kind. Known for the transcendent beauty of their singing and powerful, nuanced musical interpretation, it has garnered an impressive international fan base through touring and its many performance videos. Operating on a five-tier music education system, the coir serves over 85 boys and young men from all around metro Atlanta.

For more information, visit www.foxtheatre.org.

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