University Chorale “Pope Marcellus Mass”

Venue: St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing

David Rayl, conductor and director of choral programs.
David Rayl, conductor and director of choral programs.
St. Mary Cathedral, downtown Lansing, Mich.
St. Mary Cathedral, downtown Lansing, Mich.

Ensemble will offer complete Pope Marcellus Mass with Gregorian Chants and motets

David Rayl, conductor

Audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear an entire Renaissance Mass with the MSU College of Music’s University Chorale as they perform a unique concert of the complete Pope Marcellus Mass, by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Along with the Pope Marcellus Mass, the audience will be able to hear several Gregorian chants that are “proper” as the season of lent approaches, as well as Palestrina’s motets “Sicut cervus” and “Alma Redemptoris Mater.” All of the music will be sung in Latin. Palestrina is considered one of the greatest composers of the High Renaissance period.

Author Melvin Berger describes this piece of music as follows: “Nothing intrudes, nothing upsets, everything is in balance and in proportion, creating a wonderful sense of otherworldly beauty and heavenly repose.”

2/23 Saturday, 8:00 p.m. St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the College of Music Box Office: 517-353-5340,

Encore Performane, Grand Rapids

2/24 Sunday, 5:00 p.m. A free, repeat performance will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, 134 Division Ave N. Visit for more information or call 616-456-1684.

Pope Marcellus Mass preview

Recording, (first movement) Kyrie - Missa Papae Marcelli - Palestrina, sung by the Oxford Camerata 

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