2007-04-12 13:52:00

Joint concert of Russian, Italian and Vatican orchestras held in Moscow Catholic cathedral

Moscow, April 12, Interfax - A joint concert of the Vatican Choir and Orchestra Capella Giulia, musicians of Roman Philharmonic, the Amici dell'Armonia orchestra, the joint choir of the Russian Symphonic Orchestra and State Academic Choir was held in Moscow Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday evening.

'Italian and Russian art and music has met today. Tonight you will hear Italian composers, though their works long ago transgressed any national border and now belong to all humanity,' the Vatican Orchestra director Mgr. Pablo Colino said before the concert, the information center of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Russia reports.

According to Colino, 'today the dream has become real' as the day when Russian and Vatican musicians give a joint concert has come and 'Rome, Moscow and Vatican have met.'

'We celebrate this Easter together. It is a sign from above that in the modern secularized world we should answer the time's challenges together too,' the primate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of the Mother of God in Moscow Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz said.

Music knows no borders and is equally well heard by members of all faiths, said the archbishop and wished that all musicians and hearers might be united by music.

'Music becomes a messenger and a mediator between East and West as well as between the two Christian Churches, Orthodox and Catholic, which are united by a one Easter day this year,' Kondrusiewicz read from the message from Cardinal Paul Poupard, the president of the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Interreligious Dialogue.

In his message the cardinal noted that music 'as a symphony of creative inspiration may open hearts of nations and civilizations towards each other' and reminded that dialogue of cultures was initiated last year in Vienna at the Orthodox-Catholic conference To Give a Soul to Europe.

'I wish music becomes a golden cord of dialogue between peoples and cultures, between traditions and religions, that it becomes a desire for cooperation and peace, a festival of diversity closely united by a harmony in joy and love,' Poupard's message continued.

After the introduction many musical pieces were performed including The Four Seasons by Vivaldy and Rossini's Stabat Mater.