There will be a fine and interesting event in the Basilica of St. Peter on 10 October. Read on in this piece from Style Magazine, a monthly for men published by Corriere della Sera (the NYT of Italy).
L’organo del Papa
di Alessandra Borghese
It’s been around a hundred years, since the time of Anton Bruckner, that a Mass dedicated to a Pope has been composed. The very first, Tu Es Petrus, produced specifically for Benedict XVI, premiered in the Cathedral of St. Hedwig in Berlin last April to celebrate Pope Ratzinger’s 80th birthday. Among those present was the Chancellor Angela Merkel. This coming 10 October, in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, there will be presented again, for an Italian premier, the Mass dedicated to the Pope. The creator of this symphonic project is Wolfgang Seifen, organist of note, once a student of the reknowned Regensburg Domspatzen directed for over twenty years by Georg Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI’s big brother). Tu Es Petrus will be performed by 240 musicians making up both orchestra and choir, all students of Humboldt University in Berlin, none of whom are professionals, many non Catholic, some in fact atheists. It is thus a project with strong spiritual force.