"Friar Alessandro: The Voice from Assisi"

Sunday, March 19 at 7:30PM

Alessandro Brustenghi is a modest friar living in a community of Franciscans around the hilltop monastery in Assisi, Italy. He’s also the first friar in history to land a major record deal, a crossover tenor with three albums under his belt, or in this case, under his traditional friar’s white rope belt, which signifies his commitment to monastic life. In this solo concert, the Decca recording artist and UK Classic BRIT Award nominee performs in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the hilltop church that attracts some four million visitors a year to the burial place of St. Francis. One of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy, the basilica is decorated with astonishingly beautiful medieval frescoes by Giotto that cover the entire exterior of the upper sanctuary.

Friar Alessandro is a charming and spiritual young man with a big operatic tenor voice whose musical message of hope, peace and brotherly love is resonating with audiences across Europe and America. In THE VOICE FROM ASSISI, he is accompanied by the Orchestra da Camera di Perugia, the choir of the Basilica, and a children’s choir, the Coro Aurora. The repertoire of the program includes traditional sacred songs like “Panis Angelicus” and “Ave Maria,” as well as additional spiritual selections such as “Here I Am, Lord” and “Gaelic Blessing.”