The Eucharistic Symphony in Budapest
August 18th 2014
The Eucharistic Symphony composed by P. Armando Pierucci - Basilica-Cathedral of Budapest
A beautiful performance of the Eucharistic Symphony composed by Fr. Armando Pierucci was applauded with admiration and enthusiasm by a wide audience packed in the basilica-cathedral of Budapest dedicated to the Hungarian king Saint Stephen. The audience comprised high government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, the Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary His Eminence Alberto Bottari de Castello, representatives of other Churches in Hungary and the general public.
The concert was organized and sponsored by the Franciscan Province of Hungary, under the patronage of His Eminance Cardinal Peter Erdö. Decisive was the support of the former Hungarian consul to Palestine, now head of the Middle-Eastern Section of the Hungarian Department of Foreign Affairs, His Exellency Csaba Czibere; also crucial was Gaby Semjen, Director of the St. Angela Choir of Budapest and wife of the Vice-Prime Minister of Hungary Zsolt Semjen. They worked together with the lawyer Vèronique Nebel, coordinator of the first edition of the Symphony that took place in Jerusalem, Geneva, Milan and Matera (Italy). The concert would not have been possible without the generous and friendly participation of the tenor Zoltán Megyesi, the soprano Kinga Sirákné Kemény, the St. Angela Choir, the choir of St. Ephraim del M° directed by Bubnó Tamás, and of the Weiner-Sázsz Orchestra, masterfully directed by M° Andràs Viragh.
The Symphony, which is inspired by twelve liturgical songs of twelve different Christian Churches of Jerusalem, features original pieces performed by twelve singers each representing a different church. A large delegation traveled all the way from Jerusalem to sing in the event; it included His Eminence Joseph Jules Zerey (Melkite Greek Catholic Church), His Eminence Tues Swerios Melki Murad (Syrian Orthodox Church), His Eminence Gregoire Pierre Melki (Syrian Catholic Church), the Rev. P. Abba Gebrewold Weldsamel Berhane (Ethiopian Orthodox Church), the Archdeacon Sobhy Makhoul (Maronite Church). The other singers were locally based: His Eminence Jozsef Kalota (Greek Orthodox Church, Budapest), the Rev. Provincial Father P. Benedek Dobszay ofm (Roman Catholic Church, Budapest), Dr. Károly Haacutefenscher, President of the Pastoral Synod of the Lutheran Church, Budapest), the Rev. P. Youssef Khalil (Coptic Orthodox Church). To these were added the Rev. P. Ghossan Aljanian ((Armenian Orthodox Church, Geneva) and the Deacon Alalin Melkonian (Armenian Catholic Church, Vienna).
In his introductory speech, Fr. Benedek Dobszay recalled the ongoing tragedy in the Middle East, which sadly touches first of all the Churches of the region. The concert was therefore a sign of solidarity and attention towards these Churches, towards the Custody of the Holy Land and the Magnificat Institute, which all promote peaceful coexistence among young people and teachers of different social and religious backgrounds.
The Lebanese Ambassador to Hungary, the Hon. Noël Fattal, stated: “At first I was trying to connect the Symphony to one of the great composers I know. Then I realized that this music, the music of Fr. Armando Pierucci was unique. Eventually, I started to pray. With the music.”.
From a report by Vèronique Nebel