15th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art Rome and Vatican from November 16th to November 21st, 2016 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as Orchestra "in residence".


In an official writing, the Founder and General President of the Foundation Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra, Sen. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Albert Courtial, described it as follows: "The Festival 2016 was an enormous success: More than 800 artists among them choristers and orchestra members, 21 soloists as well as 7 conductors and choirmasters participated at this special musical event. The international character of our Festival was confirmed by the origin countries of those artists, altogether nine this year: Japan, the Vatican City State, Germany, the Russian Federation, Austria, Israel, Italy, Canada and the United States of America."

The audience showed its appreciation for the fifteenth edition of the Festival and its program, which consisted in a selection of great masterpieces of symphonies, chorales, organ music, pieces that everyone knows mixed with surprising discoveries of modern composers. More than 11.000 listeners visited the concerts in the three Papal Basilicas in Rome, St. Peter's, St. Paul's outside the Walls and St. Mary Major as also in the Basilica di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio, the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva and the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Once again the Festival revealed its truly international character with participants visiting from Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Poland, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, China, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, Denmark, the Vatican City State and Italy.

Naturally, the concert of the Wiener Philharmoniker, orchestra 'in residence' of the Festival since its first edition, was the most awaited one. More than 3000 persons came to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls to listen to Konzert für 2 Violinen, d-Moll, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach with the two violinists Albena Danailova and Raimund Lissy as well as to Stabat Mater by Luigi Boccherini with the soprano Chen Reiss.

For the fourth time in our Festival's history, the Illuminart Chorus and Orchestra from Japan have been part of our program. The participation of the choristers and orchestra members, being part of different kinds of creeds, that are characteristic for the religious reality of the state of Nippon, could make its contribution to the interreligious dialogue between Christians and many other religions that co-exist in Japan.

The Holy Mass of the Festival was musically animated by the Sistine Chapel Choir directed by Maestro Massimo Palombella, who had chosen the Missa Prima Pontificalis by Lorenzo Perosi, and eventually concluded with the chants of Orasho performed by the Illuminart Choir.

This year has also seen the second participation of Justus Frantz, a pianist of international success, a conductor of excellent orchestras, moderator and tireless promoter of music, who directed the recently founded World Peace Philarmonic. The Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte had decided to dedicate to the commemoration of the victims of the earthquake in Central Italy, of the victims killed in the earthquake of L'Aquila 2009 and of all victims killed in earthquakes world-wide the Requiem Mass in D minor, KV 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by the PalatinaKlassik Vocal Ensemble (Germany), the Philarmonischer Chor an der Saar (Germany) and the Orchestra and Chorus of Kazan State Conservatory (Russian Federation) directed by Maestro Leo Kraemer, who for years has been a precious friend of the Fondazione.

Additionally, the Wiener Saengerknaben, the Vienna Boys Choir, a choir of Austrian boys founded in 1498 by Maximillian I of Habsburg, have been present at the Festival for the fourth time, singing works by Mozart, Monteverdi, Schubert, Gallus, Haydn, Wirth, Caldara and Fux.

Contemporary sacred music was performed by the American artists of The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the Orchestra di Roma Sinfonietta, The Evangel University Chorale and Roy & Rosemary. In occasion of the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy on the 20th of November, the young talents of the Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia del Teatro alla Scala directed by Maestro Christoph Eschenbach performed for the first time in Rome in the Basilica of St. Paul's outside the Walls, Messa di Gloria per soli, coro a 4 voci e orchestra di Giacomo Puccini as well as Misericordias Domini KV 222 and Ave Verum Corpus KV 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Sen. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Albert Courtial announces the next year's XVI Festival edition 2016 with the following words: "It is known, that sacred music with its transcendental character has the potential to cause a very strong spiritual experience, stronger than words or images: For that reason, religious faith is very strong connected to the music and religious rites have been accompanied by music from time immemorial. For me it is always a great pleasure and gratification to contribute to bring people to these holy places in the framework of the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC AND SACRED ART. So I hope to see you next year, in October- November 2017."

15th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art
Rome and Vatican
from November 16th to November 21st, 2016
with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as Orchestra "in residence"


The Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra dedicates the Festival 2016
to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Saint of the Holy Year of Mercy.


Wednesday 16th November 2016
Papal Basilica St Peter in the Vatican

4pm Spiritual Elevation
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Coronation Mass, KV 317
Illuminart Philharmonic Orchestra and Illuminart Philharmonic St. Peter Choir (Japan)
In collaboration with "Amici dell'Orchestra di Roma Sinfonietta"
Kana Kumamoto, sopran
Takako Nogami, mezzo-soprano
Naoki Nizuka, tenor
Tsutomu Tanaka, baritone
Tomomi Nishimoto, Conductor

5 pm Holy Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Comastri
Lorenzo Perosi, Missa Prima Pontificalis
The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir (Vatican City)
Massimo Palombella, Conductor

Orasho
Illuminart Philharmonic St. Peter Choir (Japan)
Tomomi Nishimoto, Conductor

Thursday 17th October 2016, 9 pm
Papal Basilica St Paul outside the Walls

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Illuminart Philharmonic Orchestra and Illuminart Philharmonic St. Peter Choir (Japan)
In collaboration with "Amici dell'Orchestra di Roma Sinfonietta"
Kana Kumamoto, sopran
Takako Nogami, mezzo-soprano
Naoki Nizuka, tenor
Tsutomu Tanaka, baritone
Tomomi Nishimoto, Conductor

Friday 18th November 2016, 12.30pm
Basilica di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)
Palatina Klassik Vocal Ensemble (Germany)
Philharmonischer Chor an der Saar (Germany)
Orchestra and Chorus of Kazan State Conservatory (Russian Federation)

Liudmila Slepneva, soprano
Susanne Schaeffer, mezzo-soprano
Oscar de la Torre, tenor
Karsten Mewes, baritone
Leo Kraemer, Conductor

Friday 18th November 2016, 8.00pm
Papal Basilica St. Mary Major

with works by Mozart, Monteverdi, Schubert, Gallus, Haydn, Wirth, Caldara, Fux
Wiener Sängerknaben (Austria)
Luiz de Godoy, piano
Gerald Wirth, Conductor
Il concerto è riservato esclusivamente ai sostenitori della Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra.

Saturday 19th November 2016, 12.30pm
Basilica di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio

Gioachino Rossini, Stabat Mater
Richard Wagner, Tannhäuser (Overture – Pilgerchor - Finale)
Palatina Klassik Vocal Ensemble (Germany)
Philharmonischer Chor an der Saar (Germany)
Orchestra and Chorus of Kazan State Conservatory (Russian Federation)

Liudmila Slepneva, soprano>
Susanne Schaeffer, mezzo-soprano>
Oscar de la Torre, tenor>
Karsten Mewes, baritone>
Leo Kraemer, Conductor

Saturday 19th November 2016, 12 noon
Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Works by Staheli, Palestrina, Esenvalds, Gjeilo, Caldwell, Ivory
Roy & Rosemary, The Courtial Concerto for Violin & Piano (World Premiere)
John Rutter, Mass of the Children

The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & Chamber Orchestra (U.S.A)
In collaboration with Orchestra di Roma Sinfonietta
The Evangel University Chorale (U.S.A)
Roy & Rosemary (Canada)
Jennifer Forni, soprano
Keith Spencer, baritone
Candace Wicke, Conductor
Tom Matrone, Conductor

Saturday 19th November 2016, 9pm
Papal Basilica St Paul outside the Walls

Wiener Philharmoniker (Austria)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Konzert für 2 Violinen, d-Moll, BWV 1043
Albena Danailova and Raimund Lissy, violins

Luigi Boccherini, Stabat Mater
Chen Reiss, soprano
Albena Danailova, Concertmaster

Sunday 20th November 2016, 8.30pm
Papal Basilica St Paul outside the Walls
Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italy)

Giacomo Puccini, MESSA per soli, coro a 4 voci e orchestra (op. postuma)
Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italia)
Oreste Cosimo, tenor
Dongho Kim, baritone
Alberto Malazzi,Chorus Master of the Teatro alla Scala
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor

Monday, 21st November 2016, 9pm
Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, KV 218
Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 3 in D minor

World Peace Philarmonic
Ksenia Dubrovskaya, violin
Justus Frantz, Conductor