More than 250 musicians are going to arrive to Assisi to participate to the sixth edition of Assisi Pax Mundi, the international festival of sacred Franciscan music. Four days of music, dialogue and meeting, ten choirs, six free concerts performed in five Franciscan locations. The event starts on Thursday the 17th and finishes on Sunday the 20th of October.
Musicians in dialogue in the Holy Spirit places: this is the motto that join all the protagonists of this no-competitive festival that is organized by the four Franciscan families with the cooperation of the St Francis Papal Basilica Chapel Choir. MERCY is the theme of this sixth edition: it has 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 starts on Thursday the 17th of October in the Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica at 9 p.m. with the organist Cosimo Prontera coming from Brindisi and the Donosti Ereski Gregoriar Schola, a female Gregorian choir coming from Spain.
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 5:30 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 at 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.
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.