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EXTRAORDINARY CONCERT IN MEMORY OF JOHN PAUL II ON-LINE
June 21 @ 2:00 pm - June 23 @ 11:30 pm
The concert is dedicated to the memory of John Paul II, whose life testimony still touches the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world. John Paul II was a great advocate of piece and human rights and a steadfast defender of human dignity. He tirelessly worked towards bettering relations among religions, which he considered as a path leading to friendship and love among people from different traditions. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła, over 30 great artists from Poland, the United States, England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey and Switzerland will join together to pay tribute to the Great Pole. The concert program includes, among others, the world premiere of the arias from the Opera HIOB with the lyrics of John Paul II and music by polish well known conductor and composer Krzesimir Dębski, Legend and Caprise by H. Wieniawski, Ave Maria by F. Schubert, Laudate Dominum by W.A. Mozart, Panis Angelicus by C. Franck, Pie Jesu by G. Foure, God is a God song composed by Kevin Miller to the words of Kenneth Overton, Praghiera P. Tosti, Paquita Variation from Le Corsaire by L.Minkus and A. Adam, Tear and Prayer On the wings songs by S. Moniuszko, Gavotte en Rondo Partita by JS Bach, Cadenza and Melody by I. Paderewski, Meditation from the Opera Thais by J. Massenet, pieces by F. Chopin performed by outstanding pianists and guitar virtuoso, Adagio from the Ballet Giselle by A. Adam, Meditation from Souvenir d’un lieu cher by P. Czajkowski, Roxana’s song from the Opera King Roger by K. Szymanowski, Variation from the Chopiniana Ballet to the music by F. Chopin and choreography by M. Fokin, song “Do you know this country” by S. Moniuszko, songs by M. Karłowicz: “Speak to me still” to the words by K. Tetmajer and “Before the eternal night” to the words by Z. Krasiński, arias from the Opera Halka and arias from The Haunted Manor by S. Moniuszko, Polish Caprice from the collection of Miniatures for Violin by G. Bacewicz.
The teaching preached by John Paul II was filled with optimism. Today, in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need this optimism all the more. We are convinced that our unique concert will keep on the hope and light that John Paul II lit up.