News - Between music and art, an evening at the Lateran Palace for delegates
The notes of Mozart, Schubert's symphony and the inner courtyard of the Lateran Square in an unprecedented luminous setting. It is the synthesis of the classical music concert “The Joy of Music” held yesterday evening, 23 June, in the house of the Bishop of Rome. Performed by the Form-Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, resident team of the Macerata Opera Festival, the concert, with free admission, was promoted by the diocese of Rome for the delegates of the Bishops' Conferences from various countries who came to Rome on the occasion of the 10th World Meeting of Families.
Not only the emotions conveyed by the music and the voice of soprano Francesca Benitez, who performed the motet 'Exsultate, jubilate' composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1773, the participants were also offered guided tours in the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Lateran Square, the former residence of the popes, exceptionally open until 11pm. The orchestra also performed Mozart's “Divertimento No. 1”, also composed in 1772, when the composer was only 16 years old, and Franz Schubert's “Symphony No. 5.” Also applauding the performance were Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis and the Secretary General of the Vicariate, Monsignor Pierangelo Pedretti.
The concert, conducted by first violinist Alessandro Cervo, was presented by RAI presenter Eleonora Daniele and Andreas Thonhauser of the American broadcaster EWTN, the same broadcaster who, in collaboration with the diocese's Social Communications Office, curated the photographic exhibition on the family set up in the inner courtyard of the Lateran Palace.
"We could not fail to accept such a prestigious invitation," commented Paolo Pinamonti, artistic director of the Macerata Opera Festival (Mof). “In such a particular historical moment in which there are so many difficulties that accompany the daily lives of families,” adds Pinamonti, “it is important to create these moments of reflection on the family”. For the artistic director of the Mof, there are many analogies between the family and music. “The orchestral family,” he explains, “in order to make music, it must share emotions and at the same time be able to dialogue and listen. Just like it happens within the walls of the home.”