Concerts in the presence of Benedict XVI and his brother Georg Ratzinger

Source: FSSPX News

The first concert, under the patronage of the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler, and the mayor of Munich Christian Ude, took place in late afternoon on October 20, 2005, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, before an audience of 7,000 people including the pope and the members of the Synod.

The Little Singers of the Cathedral of Ratstibonn and the Munich Philharmonic orchestra performed works by Georg Ratzinger, the pope’s older brother, Pierluigi da Palestrina, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and Giuseppe Verdi. Mgr Georg Ratzinger, aged 81, choir master of the cathedral of Ratisbonn from 1964 to 1994, was present at his brother’s side.

After the concert, Benedict XVI thanked the artists for having offered "a part of the abundant musical creativity which has always been nurtured by the Christian roots of Europe". The pope spoke of the  composers and works played, evoking the "common basis of European spirit formed by Christianity" which remained "ever present and powerful". The sovereign pontiff added : "We have been able to appreciate how music of high quality purifies and elevates us enabling us to experience the grandeur and beauty of God". He then expressed the wish "that the harmony of singing and music, which knows no social or religious barriers, might be a constant invitation for believers and for all men of good will, to seek together the universal language of love which makes men capable of building a world of justice and solidarity, of hope and peace."

The second concert was given on October 22, 2005 at 6:00 pm in the Sistine Chapel where the Little Singers of the Cathedral of Rastibonn sang works by Georg Ratzinger, Johann Singenberger, Lorenzo Perosi, Pierluigi da Palestrina, Josef Rheinberger, Anton Bruckner and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.