The Choir of the Pope's Diocese Premiere Performances in the U.S.
May 11th, 2011
Photo from Choir of the Diocese of Rome.
ROME, ITALY – May 2011. The Choir of the Diocese of Rome, the Pope’s Diocese, is making its United States debut in June, 2011 with a six-city tour that will include stops in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Morristown, NJ, Newark, NJ, Stamford, CT, and Brooklyn, NY. The tour is an homage to the late Pope John Paul II and the program will include pieces specifically composed for the Beatification Ceremony, classical sacred music, a medley of rare Italian songs from the ‘30s to the ‘50s, and other original scores by Msgr. Frisina, theologian and composer, who will introduce each piece, adding an uplifting spiritual and cultural experience to every performance.
The Choir of the Diocese of Rome is an accomplished choir in residence at the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Pope’s Diocese. It has performed at Liturgies presided over by the Holy Father as Bishop of Rome in many significant celebrations, including at the Beatification Ceremony for Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta, the singing in the Vatican (Saint Peter’s Basilica) during the final farewell to Pope John Paul II, the yearly Mass on Palm Sunday with the Holy Father, the Presbyterial Ordinations, and at the feast of Corpus Christi. It has also graced the liturgies of the Great Jubilee of 2000, the opening and the closing of the Holy Door in the Lateran Basilica, the 17th International Eucharistic Congress, the 15th World Youth Day, and the Third Jubilee of Families in 2000: a world meeting of the Holy Father with Catholic families.
Led by Monsignor Marco Frisina, the Choir performs classical pieces from the international repertoire as well as the original compositions of Maestro Frisina, such as “Jesus Christ, you are my life” which was composed for the 15th World Youth Day and adopted as the music for all youth meetings with the Holy Father.
The Choir has appeared throughout Italy as well as in Germany, Austria, France, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, and Israel. Their collaborations over the years have been internationally recognized and have included artists such as Italian superstar Mina and Andrea Bocelli for whom Msgr. Frisina composed and arranged pieces from the most celebrated repertory of classical music. Recently Andrea Bocelli, performed the Maestro’s rearrangement of Bach’s “Loben den Herren” at Carnegie Hall.
The Choir of the Pope’s Diocese of Rome will be appearing in June at select Theaters and Cathedrals. For additional information about the Choir or ticketing info please call: 973-520-8951 or visit: www.thechoir.it.