More than 250 musicians had given life to Assisi Pax Mundi. The sixth edition of the international festival of sacred franciscan music had led to Assisi choristers and musicians coming from different parts of Italy and of the world, but also great emotions, possibilities of meeting doing music.
Four days of music, dialogue and meeting, ten choirs, six free concerts performed in five Franciscan locations. The event took place from Thursday the 17th and finished on Sunday the 20th of October with many appointments very well attended.
Musicians in dialogue in the Holy Spirit places: this is the motto that joined all the protagonists of this no-competitive festival that is organized every year by the four Franciscan families with the cooperation of the St Francis Papal Basilica Chapel Choir. MERCY had been the theme of this sixth edition: it had been chosen to remember the extraordinary meeting between St. Francis and the Sultan of Egypt Malik al Kamil that occurred 800 years ago. This historical meeting is still actual and meaningful because of its consequences for the interreligious dialogue for the peace in the world. Assisi is an extraordinary city with its vocation to the promotion of peace and respect and it continues promoting a culture based on the dialogue where nobody is excluded, that proposes well common values, following St. Francis and St. Claire example.
Assisi Pax Mundi started on Thursday the 17th of October in the Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica with the organist Cosimo Prontera coming from Brindisi and the Donosti Ereski Gregoriar Schola, a female Gregorian choir coming from Spain.
The festival continued 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, the Donosti Ereski Gregoriar Schola and of the “Anna Sinigaglia” ecumenical choir of Brindisi.
The top moment of these four days dedicated to the sacred Franciscan music and to the dialogue had been the day of Saturday the 19th of October with the Exultate Deo – Maria SS Consolatrice Choir and the “Sturm and Drang” polyphonic choir. In the afternoon two choirs lived up the Sala della Conciliazione of the municipal palace of Assisi: the “Commedia Harmonica” vocal ensemble and the “Voci di Frignano” Choir.
Great music had been the real protagonist of the final concert of Saturday night to which all music groups participating to Assisi Pax Mundi took part.
The festival came to an end with a moment of meeting and pray with the solemn Mess of Sunday morning. After that all groups performed together the Song of the Creatures by p. Domenico Stella.