Gatto Panceri visits the Magnificat
November 1st 2019
The Italian songwriter sings with the Yasmeen Choir
Thanks to an initiative supported by the ATS, the Association for the Holy Land, the Yasmeen Choir of the Magnificat had the honor to perform with the Italian songwriter and singer Gatto Panceri. A successful singer who has written songs for legendary artists of the Italian scene like Mina, Giorgia, and Fausto Leali, Panceri arrived in the Holy Land accompanied by a group of pilgrims and fans. Together they visited the sacred places of the Christian tradition and learned a bit more about the complex local reality. The visit to the Magnificat, in particular, turned into an occasion for the Italian artist to see an example of coexistence among the different communities living in Jerusalem. A visit that, according to the participants, partially corrected the monotonous image proposed by the media in which the Holy Land is described exclusively as a place of perennial conflicts. The Magnificat, in fact, is an institute where Christians of every denomination, Jews, and Muslims, study and work together: united by the passion for music and love for art, the students of the Magnificat and their professors are a model of peaceful cohabitation and an inspiration for anyone who cares about peace and tolerance.
The most important moment of Gatto Panceri's visit was certainly the concert held at the Immaculate Hall. In front of a large audience of Italians and Jerusalemites, Panceri, together with his musicians, presented some of the most famous pieces of his repertoire. The concert opened with two songs from the Yasmeen Choir conducted by Professor Giuliana Mettini. Then, together with Panceri, the choir sang Gioia (Joy), one of the most recent hits of the singer-songwriter in which he talks about the joy created by being together.
Graduated from the Milan Conservatory, Gatto Panceri is sensitive to the theme of musical education: marked by an exchange of energy and emotions, the dialogue between the established artist and the young students of the Magnificat not only proves the universality of the musical language but celebrates the handing down of techniques and knowledge from generation to generation - an infinite song that accompanies the journey of man since the dawn of time.