Cardinal Tagle among performers at sacred music festival

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MANILA, May 18, 2015— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is among the headliners for a free concert at the San Sebastian Basilica in Manila as part of an annual sacred music and arts festival.

The 3rd “Musica Sacra Festival” is expected to draw a huge crowd to the only all-steel church in Asia which will be held on May 29 to 31.

Organized by the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc., the concert is part of its continuing commitment to “evangelize through sacred music”.

“We aspire to share the soul and spirit of religious music as a kind of prayer, as an essential piece in a Christian’s life, and as a valuable way to spread the joy of the Gospel in our church and community,” it said.

The festival opens on May 29 at 7:30 pm with a performance showcasing various choirs from Manila and Cavite.

The following day, May 30, highlights the participation of Cardinal Tagle with the San Sebastian Chamber Singers and the San Sebastian Parish Rondalla.

The cardinal’s musical talent became widely known after his performance in the first major concert of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral Choir in 2009 was uploaded on YouTube and went viral.

He also performed in some concerts aimed to raise funds for the Archdiocese of Manila’s social action and development projects.

On May 31, which is also a celebration of the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, the concert will feature guest choirs singing in the Masses from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The Musica Sacra Festival also aims to continue to preserve, protect and promote the “wonderful treasure” of San Sebastian Basilica through the gift of faith, arts and sacred music, organizers added. (CBCPNews)

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