Assisi Pax Mundi starts with its first concert. The appointment is at the Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica at 9 p.m. The organist Cosimo Prontera, coming from Brindisi, and the Donosti Ereski Gregoriar Schola, a female Gregorian choir coming from Spain, are going to kick off this sixth edition of the international festival of sacred Franciscan music: they will bring to Assisi a great selection of Gregorian songs and passages tied to the Santiago de Compostela tradition.
The festival is continuing on Friday the 18th of October with the performances of four choirs: the Gruppo Giovane Ensemble of Foligno and the Regina Pacis Polyphonic Choir of Florence will perform in the St. Peter Church at 7:30 p.m. Then it will be the turn of the male formation of the Donosti Ereski Gregoriar Schola and of the “Anna Sinigaglia” ecumenical choir of Brindisi: you could listen to them in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis at 9 p.m.
The top moment of these four days dedicated to the sacred Franciscan music and to the dialogue will be Saturday the 19th of October. Concerts are starting at 11.30 in the morning in the St. Rufino Cathedral with the Exultate Deo – Maria SS Consolatrice Choir coming from Calatafimi Segesta. In the afternoon you will assist to the performance of the “Sturm and Drang” polyphonic choir. Two choirs will live up the afternoon (from 4.30 p.m.) in the Sala della Conciliazione of the municipal palace of Assisi: the “Commedia Harmonica” vocal ensemble, the only vocal group coming from Assisi, and the “Voci di Frignano” Choir (Pavullo nel Frignano – Modena). Great music will be the real protagonist of the final concert of Saturday night: all the groups participating to Assisi Pax Mundi will perform together in this impressive concert that is taking place in the St. Francis Upper Basilica at 8.30 p.m.
As usual, the festival will end with a moment of meeting and pray with the solemn Mess of Sunday morning at 10.30 a.m. in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis. After the Mess all groups will sing together the Song of the Creatures by p. Domenico Stella.