Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010: The Diocese of Evansville celebrates their last day in Italy

Today the Diocese of Evansville Pilgrimage and Performance Tour celebrates their very last day in Bella Italia by attending and singing at the morning’s Papal audience at the Vatican, followed by a guided tour of Rome’s most amazing sights, including the Coliseum. The Diocesan Choir presents their final feature European performance with a formal concert at Sant’Agnese in Agone at 7:30PM, before their farewell dinner extravaganza at Nautilus restaurant this evening.
The Basilica Sant’Agnese in Agone in Rome was constructed in 1652 on the site of Saint Agnes’ martyrdom, now the location of the Piazza Navona. The designs for the Baroque church were commissioned by Pope Innocent X, whose funerary monument now lies within the church. The Pope’s family even had a large palace adjacent to the church. Baroque architect Francesco Borromini ultimately introduced a concave volume in the center of the sanctuary, creating prime acoustics for vocal music. Visitors enjoy the interior’s premier sculptural artwork, accented by the marble relief found in the main altar, as well as Bernini’s famous Fountain of the Four Rivers that lies in front of the church.

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