On April 11, 2017, Peter Tiboris will lead Napa Valley, California’s Vintage High School Chamber Singers in a performance of choral music in Florence’s famous Basilica di Santa Croce (in English, the Basilica of the Holy Cross). The event falls during Holy Week, giving the occasion added significance as the Basilica does not often allow concerts in this sacred time.
Located in the heart of Florence, Italy the Basilica di Santa Croce has become the city’s number one tourist destination. Although the origins are unclear, local legend has it that St. Francis himself founded the church that stood where Santa Croce does today. Construction on the Basilica began in 1294 and was completed nearly 100 years later in 1385; with 16 chapels, a nave, bell tower, and cloisters, it is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Beautiful architecture as well as frescoes by the late medieval master Giotto make Santa Croce a must-see destination for art-lovers worldwide, but many more travelers are drawn by the cultural titans who’ve made the church their final resting place.
Perhaps the most notable icon buried within the walls of the Basilica is Michelangelo, whose marble tomb is exquisitely carved in celebration of the artist’s life work. Also interred within the Basilica are Galileo Galilei, father of the modern age of science; Niccolò Machiavelli, the infamous writer and philosopher; and Gioachino Rossini, the opera composer whose prolific work and passion for melody earned him the nickname “The Italian Mozart.”
Holy Week Concert Program
It so happens that works by the original Mozart will be featured on the concert, including Mozart’s “Ergo Interest,” K.143 and “Kommet her, ihr frechen Sünder,” K.146. In addition, Maestro Tiboris will lead the choir and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in performances of Schubert’s “Salve Regina,” D.646 as well as Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48. The Vintage High School Chamber Singers will perform earlier in the week with their director, Mark Teeters, at the Basilica di Santo Spirito as part of their musical residency in Florence.
For 13 years MidAm International has brought performers from the United States and abroad to historic concert venues all over the world, including over 200 performances in Europe. To have your choral or instrumental group perform on one of our international concert residencies, go to www.midamerica-music.com or call us at (212) 239-0205.