In 2025, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Grand Rapids, MI will host a year-long choral festival called Palestrina 500, celebrating the quincentennial birthday of the great Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94). This anniversary provides our parish a lens through which we can promote the good, true, and beautiful to our greater community.Learn More
Born in 1525, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian composer of late Renaissance music. The central representative of the Roman School, with Orlande de Lassus and Tomás Luis de Victoria, Palestrina is considered the leading composer of late 16th-century Europe.Read About The Composer
The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music.
The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park.
Schola Antiqua is a Chicago-based professional early music collective, which prepares and performs insightful and wide-ranging programs of pre-modern music.
Floriani is a men’s vocal ensemble dedicated to serving the Church and saving the culture through the beauty of sacred music.
His Majesty's Men sing countertenor, tenor and bass, a voicing which enables the group to come close to the original sound and performing pitch of much early vocal music.
The Theatre of Early Music are sought-after interpreters of magnificent yet neglected choral repertoire from four centuries.
Vox GR is the premier professional choral ensemble in West Michigan, performing a wide repertoire of choral music stretching across all eras.
The Schola Cantorum Detroit is an ensemble of vocal and choral professionals advancing sacred song through performance, and education.
The Hope College Chapel Choir is a 37-member SATB ensemble. Composed of students across various majors, the Chapel Choir is united by their love of music and commitment to communicating stories.
A premier choral ensemble based in Grand Rapids, MI and dedicated to spreading the riches of the Catholic faith through excellently performing Her incomparably beautiful sacred music.
As the great conclusion to this festival, all of Sacred Heart's parish choirs, community musicians, and musical friends will join together to sing Mass and Vespers for the Immaculate Conception.
We are a community of traditional Catholics striving to live out our faith through the Sacraments as we worship, pray, serve, and learn together. We are proud to be a part of the West Side neighborhood of Grand Rapids, instructing in the faith, bringing hope, and fostering charity just like our Polish founders did over 100 years ago.Donate to Palestrina 500
Thank you to all of our sponsors without whom this year long festival would not be possible. We are still in need of funding. If you are interested in seeing this project come to life, please consider donating today.