The names of the three finalists of the International Sacred Opera Composition Competition – Francesco Siciliani Award: the jury chaired by composer Giorgio Battistelli and composed of. Gary Graden (director of the S: t Jacobs Chamber Choir), Paweł Łukaszewski (composer and director of the Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir Sacred Music), Lorenzo Donati (composer and choir director of the Siena Cathedral “Guido Chigi Saracini”) e Marcello Filotei(composer, music critic for L’Osservatore Romano and artistic secretary of the competition) selected compositions by Steven Heelein, Carlo Alessandro Landini and Andrea Manzoli.
“Selecting the three finalists,” says Marcello Filotei, “was a very complex task. In fact, the average quality of the scores arrived from all over the world is very high. The choice fell on highly professional works that attempt to renew the approach to the composition of sacred music without losing contact with the meaning of the text and liturgical use.”
The theme of the 5th edition del Concorso is a composition for choir, with or without organ, on a compulsory text (il Sanctus), lasting between five and fifteen minutes.
The three selected compositions will be performed, at the conclusion of the Umbrian Music Festival billboard, on September 17th at 9.00 pm at the Upper Basilica of S. Francesco in Assisifrom the Choir of the Cathedral of Siena “Guido Chigi Saracini” directed by Lorenzo Donati. Also planned for the occasion is a talk by H. Em. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, which has been a partner of the competition since its founding in 2012.