An extraordinary event has seen protagonist Master Andrea Bocelli on May 28th, in the evocative setting of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, for the first date of the project.
The evening opened with an introduction by Mons. Paglia, President of the Papal Council for the Family, red by Don Andrea Ciucci and then Maestro Bocelli silently entered accompanied by Maestro Rota.
The event had three particularly intense moments: the meditation for violin and orchestra from the opera Thaïs by J.Massenet performed by the young and prodigious violinist Anastasiya Petryshak, the suffering of a vocation described with all the stamps and the nuances that a violin can offer. The execution of the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem and afterwards the anthem of the Jubilee in which the orchestra and choir conducted by Maestro Rota broke down the last possible barriers of those who doubted of the strength of the musical language. The grand talent of Maestro Andrea Bocelli has been the common thread of the musical part of the event in Barcelona. The language of music has lent itself very well to describe a place of harmony, which is the family, the universal desire of all men and women of every culture and religion that music makes possible. The performance ended with a speech by S. Eminence Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach and a moment of prayer.
About Sagrada Famila
On 7 November 2010 the church of La Sagrada Família was solemnly dedicated and declared a basilica and became a holy place open for worship. In 1882 the foundation stone of a project conceived by Francisco de Paula del Villar, the first architect of the church, was laid. A year and a half later, Antoni Gaudí took over the work and turned the initial project around to create, over forty-three years, an outstanding, innovatory church which is still being built today according to his models. Now that the naves have been closed, the church consists of 4500 square metres where 8000 people can worship. The construction is well past the half way stage and is ready to raise the four towers dedicated to the evangelists, the tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the highest, erected at the centre of the crossing, which will recall the figure of Jesus, and the four bell towers on the Glory facade.