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May 14, 2014

St. John presents benefit concert for papal performance

VALDOSTA — St. John Youth Choir presents a concert this weekend to raise funds for its planned 2016 performance for the pope in Rome.

“Songs for All Seasons” will feature a wide variety of songs this weekend for a South Georgia audience, said Donna Gwozdz-Farwell, choir conductor.

These songs include “A Jubilant Song” (Easter), “Advent Message,” “Magnificant” (Advent), “Ave Maria” (Advent), “Ring Christmas Bells” (Christmas), Angel’s Carol” (Christmas); “O Holy Night” (Christmas), “Lulaje Jesuniu,” a Polish Christmas Carol arranged by Farwell’s father, Feliks Gwozdz; “For the Beauty of the Earth,” composed by John Rutter; “The Last Supper,” “I Have Touched the Face of God” (Lent), “With One Heart,” “Do You Know Your Shepherd’s Voice” (Lent), “America the Beautiful,” arranged by Farwell’s brother, Eugene Gwozdz.

“This benefit concert will help with our trip to sing for Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Italy,” Farwell said. “This is an international singing group called Pueri Cantores and a maximum of 10 choirs were selected from each country around the world.”

In 2005, Farwell led the St. John’s Youth Choir to perform the New Year’s Day Mass for the Pope. They had originally been scheduled to perform for Pope John Paul II, but he passed away. The young Valdosta singers performed for Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“Songs for All Seasons” is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, May 18, St. John Catholic Church, 800 Gornto Road.

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