100 Singers from the St. Agnes Cathedral Choirs, under
the direction of Michael L. Bower, recently toured
Italy, singing in prestigious
places, including St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, San Lorenzo in Florence, and St. Mark’s in Venice. The choir was accompanied by another
150 family members and friends. The concerts were
performed to standing room only audiences and the choir
was requested to sing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” in
the Vatican, where 100s of people continued to gather as
it was performed, followed by thunderous applause.
Mr. Bower was pleased with
the performances. The touring ensemble was drawn from
singers from five different choirs which he directs.
“Even after jet-lag, being up at 5:30 AM, and walking in
the blazing sun through the Coliseum and the Roman
Forum, the groups just stood up and sounded magnificent.
Long Island and the Diocese of Rockville
Centre were well represented.”
The picture above is from the
rehearsal in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. This church pre-dates
St. Peter’s Basilica and two popes were invested here.
It contains a famous fresco and a sculpture of