The Basilica of Saint Peter is the venue for the opening concert of the Festival di Musica e Arte Sacra. The concert centres around the solemn Liturgy interspersed with Gregorian chant and music.
An outstanding feature of the catholic Liturgy, Gregorian chant has always formed an integral part of Mass celebrated at the Vatican Basilica.
In a document published on 22 November 2003, Pope John Paul II applauded the artistic merit, universal worth and spiritual significance of this sacred music.
The Choir of the Basilica of Saint Peter, the Cappella Giulia, has for centuries been a faithful interpreter and foremost exponent of Gregorian chant.
The celebration of the solemn Liturgy is without question the most fitting event for the inauguration of the IV Festival di Musica e Arte Sacra.