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Experience Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli in the wonderful ambience of the Ljubljana Cathedral.

In the middle of 1555, Pope Marcellus II served as pope for just three weeks, but he made a powerful impression on the singers of the Sistine Chapel and inspired Palestrina to dedicate a mass to him. For centuries after the Council of Trent (1562–1563), the mass served as a model of sacred music, and it sounds just as magnificent, powerful and harmonious today.

Alongside Palestrina’s mass, we will hear a selection of Bruckner’s motets, which are among the gems of nineteenth-century vocal music. In these works, the composer drew from Palestrina’s compositional style, while also taking advantage of the innovations of the Romantic conception of music. The motets are full of dramatic effects, chromaticism, powerful crescendos, and sudden moments of expressive silence that will enable us to savour the resonant acoustics of the Ljubljana Cathedral.

The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir and British conductor Stephen Layton, one of the most prominent experts in early music, warmly invite you to a profound experience of timeless music.


  • Stephen Layton, conductor
  • Slovenian Philharmonic Choir


  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
  • Anton Bruckner: Motets – selection

The event is organized by the Slovenian Philharmonic.

Ticket price €15.00

Tickets are available from 16 August 2021 in the ticket office of St Nicholas Cathedral in Ljubljana Monday to Friday from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm, on Tuesdays from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

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