The BRHS Festival Singers were greeted with applause and acknowledgement from Pope Benedict XVI and the entire audience!
Much work was going on Tues. inside St. Peter's Basilica. Chairs were being placed throughout the main nave and the choral risers were being set up as well. News media from around the world have swarmed Vatican Square. (Source: Robbie Giroir, Choir Dir.)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
was an historic performance and an unexpected experience
of a lifetime. The Baton Rouge High School Festival Singers sang for the 10 a.m. papal audience Wednesday morning in Vatican City.
The festival singers from Baton Rouge High knew they would be
performing for the Pope
but had no idea they would literally get a front row seat to history as the
Pontiff celebrated his last Ash Wednesday service as leader of the Catholic
were in Pompeii touring the ruins on Monday and some of the kids started
getting texts saying the Pope has resigned, said Robbie Giroir Choir Director.
were there in this audience this morning and witnessing history."
One of the parents along for the trip
described it as an amazing experience.
"Oh my goodness it was so amazing
and so beautiful," said Annalee Campbell.
Just after announcing
the American contingent present, and after the American Papal Address that
followed, the BRHS Festival Singers sang "Cry Out and Shout" of
Knut Nystedt. The BRHS Festival
Singers were greeted with applause and acknowledgement from Pope Benedict XVI
and the entire audience.
"The kids were right front and center and
sang so beautifully for him and he clapped and acknowledged them," said Campbell.
"It was so exciting," said student and
singer Caroline Campbell.
"We were so close to him and he clapped
and gave us his full attention and we were not expecting to be that close and
we were and it was so amazing."