Concert: Pomerium - A Capella


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center



Presented by the Medieval Institute and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The 14-voice a cappella ensemble Pomerium transports us to the time of Michelangelo and Pope Julius II. Grand and solemn music in the Roman style of the High Renaissance, Musica Vaticana 1503–1534, includes richly textured motets preserved in the musical manuscripts copied for the Sistine Chapel choir.

Tickets: $30
Students: $15

For tickets, visit the DPAC Calendar page.

Pomerium was founded by Alexander Blachly (Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame) in New York in 1972 to perform music composed for the famous chapel choirs of the Renaissance. Widely known for its interpretations of Du Fay, Ockeghem, Busnoys, Josquin, Lassus, and Palestrina, the 14-voice a cappella ensemble has performed for numerous international festivals and released recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion, Dorian, Classic Masters, and Glissando/Pure Classics labels. 


Kristina Boerger, Melissa Fogarty, Michele Kennedy, Dominique Surh - sopranos
Luthien Brackett, Silvie Jensen - mezzo-sopranos
Robert Isaacs - countertenor
Thom Baker, Neil Farrell, Michael Steinberger - tenors
Thomas McCargar - baritone
Peter Stewart - bass

Planned program, subject to change:

Musica Vaticana, 1503-1534
Music in the Sistine Chapel at the Time of Michelangelo

Works for Pope Eugenius IV

Nuper rosarum flores, à4 
Guillaume Du Fay (ca. 1397-1474)

Ave regina celorum I, à3 
Guillaume Du Fay

Ecclesie militantis, à5
Guillaume Du Fay

Works for Popes Julius II, Leo X, and Clement VII

Rex pacificus

Omnis pulchritudo Domini, à5 
Andreas de Silva (ca. 1475-ca. 1530)

Benedicta es, celorum regina, à6
Josquin Desprez (ca. 1452-1521)

Tua est potentia , à5
Jean Mouton (ca. 1459-1522)

Virgo salutiferi, à5 
Josquin Desprez


Mannerist Works for Non-Papal Patrons

Vox in Rama, à5
Giaches de Wert (1536-1595)

Ascendente Jesu, à5
Giaches de Wert

Saule, Saule, à8
Giaches de Wert

O vos omnes, à6
Carlo Gesualdo (1563-1612)

Works for Popes Marcellus II and Pius V

Missa L’homme armé, Sanctus, à5
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) 

Dies sanctificatus, à8
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 

Missa Papae Marcelli, Agnus Dei, à7
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 


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