Soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, and frescoes by Renaissance and Medieval artists serve as the backdrop for church concerts throughout Europe. In the intimate setting of the church, these beautiful encounters with history and music offer superb acoustics and a close connection to the musicians.
It's relatively easy to get tickets. Purchase them in advance of your trip or at the church a day or even a few hours before the concert. Prices range from free to € 50. Opera sung in period costumes, music played on 100-plus-year-old organs, and Baroque concerts are just a few of the experiences in store for you.
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Chiesa di S. Paolo Entro Le Mura (St. Paul Within the Walls)
Via Nazionale, 16
Chiesa di S. Paolo Entro Le Mura was the first non-Roman Catholic church to be built inside the walls of Rome. Concerts at the church feature the orchestra and singers of I Musici Veneziani Roma performing in 18th-century costumes. Arias are often included in the program from operas such as La Traviata, Aida, Carmen and others.
San Vidal Church (Chiesa di San Vidal)
Campo S. Vidal, San Marco, 2862/B
The Interpreti Veneziani orchestra performs music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Corelli, Bach, and Bazzini.
Musica in Maschera
Campo S. Margherita - Scuola di Carmini
The operas presented by Musica in Maschera feature orchestra and chorus dressed in 18th century costumes and masks. Audience members enjoy the added benefit of listening to arias while surrounded by works by Giambattista Tiepolo.
Scuola Grande Di San Teodoro
Campo San Salvador
Concerts by I Musici Veneziani featuring music of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Vivaldi, Pachelbel and Albinoni are performed in 18th century Venetian costumes.
Scuola Grande Di Rocco
San Polo, 3052
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco houses paintings depicting the Old and New Testaments on the walls and ceilings by Tintoretto and presents concerts of sacred music (Gregorian and polyphonic chant, and organ) as well as Baroque. Interpreti Veneziani performs here on occasion.
St. Mark's Anglican Church
Via Maggio, 16
St. Mark's Church, founded in 1877 by the English community, is part of a Medici Palace that was owned by Machiavelli, renovated in a neo-renaissance style.
St. Eustache Church
2, Rue du Jour
A famous church where Liszt played in 1866, St. Eustache offers free Sunday evening concerts featuring its 8,000-pipe organ. The church also houses Rembrandt's The Pilgrimage to Emmaus.
Eglise St Julien le Pauvre
1, rue Saint-Julien-Le-Pauvre
Dating from 12th century, St. Julien later was consecrated to the Melkites of the Byzantine church.
4, boulevard du Palais
Beautiful stained glass windows, some of which are the oldest in Paris, illuminate this Gothic jewel. The 6,400+ square feet of stained glass depict the Christian story from creation through the Apocalypse.
St. Germain des Pres
3 pl St-Germain-des-Prés
The oldest church in Paris, St. Germain des Pres was founded in the 6th century.
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
This church, in which Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré both served as musicians, houses one of the best organs in Paris.
Built in 1728, St. John's, in the heart of Westminster, presents a varied program of classical music, ranging from choirs and symphony orchestras to solo instrumental recitals.
St. James Church
Free lunchtime concerts are held at 1:10pm. Evening concerts are also held at the church.
St. Martin in the Fields
St. Martin-in-the-Fields offers lunchtime and evening concerts of classical music.
St. Paul's Cathedral
With its historic £40 million restoration now nearing completion, there has never been a better time to visit St Paul's. The results are simply breathtaking. Various organ concerts and recitals are held throughout the year.
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