Cantiamo iN Rome: JSerra Concert at Santa Maria in Traspontina

March 22, 2018 / iNSIDE EUROPE

The CANTIAMO 2018 Italy iNCANTATO CONCERT TOURS experience brings the JSerra Catholic Chamber Choir and Advanced Women’s Ensemble to wonderful destinations iN Italy, birthplace of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. First and final destination for the 47 students from Southern California directed by Brenda von Gremp is the Italian capital Rome, home to countless imposing churches.

On Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, the JSerra singers’ third and farewell to Italy concert takes place in the beautiful church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

Santa Maria in Traspontina is located only a few steps from the Vatican City, more precisely on Via della Conciliazione, the street connecting Saint Peter’s Square and the Castel Sant’Angelo and has a long history. The church, which used to be located much closer to the Castel Sant’Angelo in ancient times, was conceded to the Carmelites by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484 in hope that this would lead to a restoration of the decayed building and a construction of a convent. And the Pope’s hopes were supposed to be realized. In 1498, Santa Maria in Traspontina was home for a Carmelite community of seven friars, guided by Father Alessandro Cornelio. The Carmelite order has its roots in Israel of the early 13th century, the time of the Crusades, and consists nowadays of roughly 2,000 members spread all over Europe. After the demolition of the ancient church in the 16th century, a new building was errected by architect  Sallustio Peruzzi exactly there, where you will find Santa Maria in Traspontina today. The new church was inaugurated in 1587, but it took around 150 years more until it was consecrated in 1728. Since then it has had a great significance for the ecclesiastical Rome.

The architecture of Santa Maria in Traspontina is very impressive. The facade was created by Peruzzi himself and is made of travertine blocks. Some of these stem from the ancient Colloseum. Looking at the exterior already hints at a Baroque church. It is the simplicity of a pillar structure that contrasts with the detailed decorations in the niches. The interior of the church manifests the typical stylistic features of a Baroque church. Even though several other architects besides Peruzzi were engaged in the creation of the interior, the church still appears in stylistic unity. Its central nave is about 46 feet wide and 184 feet long.

Santa Maria in Traspontina is an incredible venue for JSerra to perform in. Prior to the concert, the Sunday Mass takes place at 6:30 pm.
Family and friends of JSerra Catholic are also invited to join the rehearsal at 5 pm.
For more information on Santa Maria in Traspontina, can visit the official website of the church.

Schedule for masses at Santa Maria in Traspontina:


On Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, JSerra Catholic Chamber Choir and Advanced Women’s Ensemble present their third highlight and farewell concert at Santa Maria in Traspontina, Rome.


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