Renowned Vatican choir performs in Chicago

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The Chicago area was blessed in April with a first-ever visit by the renowned Choir of the Cardinal Bartolucci Foundation. One of the world’s premier Catholic choruses, the ensemble undertook a whirlwind tour that included five concerts in as many days.

The first stop was on April 19 at the opulent Sanfilippo estate in far north suburban Barrington.

On April 20, the ensemble paid a quick visit to Casa Italia, where they were wowed by the hand-carved 1/100-scale replica of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square on the third floor of the Italian Cultural Center. Moved to song, they were recorded by Casa Chairman Ron Onesti. The video clip is available for viewing on our website. (

Then, it was on to the Des Plaines Theatre for a fundraising benefit for Ukraine hosted by Onesti Entertainment. The event raised $5,000, which Onesti donated to the relief efforts being spearheaded by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.

The choir rounded out the tour with performances over the next three days at St. John Cantius Church, Northwestern Illinois University and the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.

Choirmaster at the Sistine Chapel for almost 50 years, Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci oversaw the music for the sacred liturgies conducted by generations of popes. The foundation is dedicated to perpetuating his musical legacy. For details, click here.


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