Once upon… iN 2011: Mater Dei sings for Pope Benedict

Once upon… iN 2011: Mater Dei sings for Pope Benedict

OUT iN aka ‘Once upon a time iN’ is a virtual trip down memory lane
featuring both iNSIDE EUROPE and iNCANTATO CONCERT TOURS experiences in the past.
Photo/video quality represents the standard of the time taken.

Excerpts from the original Article by ANDREW GALVIN | Orange County Register published on March 31, 2011.

Josh Paz was a little nervous as the Mater Dei High School choir waited for the Pope to arrive in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, on Wednesday morning.

“What if we mess up?” he thought. “What will Pope’s reaction be?”

About 130 members of the choir, along with about 100 parents and eight visual-arts students, have been traveling and performing in Italy since last week. Singing at this Papal audience was to be one of the highlights of their trip.

The students were rousted from their beds at 5 a.m. and most of them were ready, in tuxedos and dresses, when their bus was scheduled to leave their hotel at 6 a.m.

Scott Melvin, the choir director, rushed around collecting a few kids who had overslept. “We had to throw them on the bus in their pajamas,” he said. “They had to get changed on the bus.”

By 7 a.m., the group had arrived outside St. Peter’s Square, queuing up to get through security with about 20,000 other pilgrims. They took seats in the front rows, about 50 yards from where the Pope would preside on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Then they waited. Some made last-minute purchases of rosaries that the Pope would bless.

To help pass the three hours before the audience was to begin, the choir sang Hosanna in Excelsis by Brent Pierce (see video below). The crowd’s response was warm and enthusiastic. A man approached the group saying “Complimenti, complimenti,” Italian for “compliments.”

At about 10:30 a.m., Pope Benedict XVI arrived in his Pope-mobile, driving around the audience in the square.

#livefrom the Vatican: The Mater Dei Vocal Artists performed for Pope Benedict at the Papal Audience on St. Peter’s Square – a highlight on their 2011 iNCANTATO CONCERT TOURS by iNSIDE EUROPE experience.

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