From 14 to 18 September, over five hundred musicians from all over the world will be hosted in the most evocative patriarchal basilicas of the capital.
The 18th edition of this festival will bring sacred music to the oldest Roman papal basilicas: St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major will be, for four days, an impressive stage for renowned orchestras, directors and soloists international.Starting from the Wiener Philharmoniker, among the most famous orchestras in the world, in residence at the festival since its origins, which will perform on 14 September at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica with “Le ultime sette parole di Cristo sulla Croce”, one of the most famous compositions of Franz Joseph Haydn and throughout the 18th century. Among the over five hundred musicians gathered for the Festival, in addition to the Wiener, from Japan, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Illuminar Philharmonic conducted by Tomomi Nishimoto and, from Germany, the Palatina Klassic Vocal Ensemble and the Philharmonischer Chor an der Saar, flanked by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Kazan State Conservatory, directed by Leo Kraemer. Significant will also be the presence of the Patriarchal Choir of the Saint-Daniel Monastery from Moscow, the oldest in the Russian city, which will offer sacred music of the Russian Orthodox tradition in Santa Maria Maggiore. Finally, for the closure of the Festival: on 18 September in Piazza San Pietro, Pope Francis will give his special greetings to all participating musicians.

XVIII EDIZIONE FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI MUSICA E ARTE SACRA. Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra. For information and the complete programme: Tel. 066869187.

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