As part of the AGAPE Festival organised by the Orchestra Paulus, a grand concert of sacred music is being held on 9th February 2013 at St. Paul's Collegiate church in Rabat. The concert will feature music from the archives of the Wignacourt Museum and the Oratorio 'Apostolo delle Genti' written in 2009 by Mons. M. Frisina to commemorate the Pauline Year.
Mons Frisina, a world-renowned composer and director of the Rome Diocesan choir and conductor himself, will be present for this performance and will be also conducting two short liturgical pieces from his own repertoire.
The AGAPE festival is being organised to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the elevation of Rabat's St. Paul's Parish Church to Collegiate status, the 400th anniversary of the birth of painter Mattia Preti and the Catholic Church's Year of Faith which will run up to November 2013.
These will be commemorated by two lectures which are preceding the festival. On Saturday 2 February, Monsignor John Azzopardi and Prof Keith Sciberras will be delivering a talk on Mattia Preti's works in the light of his fourth centenary from his birth. The lecture will be held at St Publius church in Rabat, situated next to the Collegiate church of St Paul at 7.30pm. This event is being organised with the collaboration of Heritage Malta.
On Friday 8 February, Mons. Marco Frisina will deliver a lecture on the development of sacred music and the Pauline cult. This will take place at St Publius church at 7pm.The festival will also include guided tours around St. Paul's Collegiate Church, St Paul's Grotto, the Wignacourt Museum in Rabat and the chapel of San Pawl Milqi in Burmarrad. These will be held on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 February. For further information about these tours and for bookings, kindly contact Dr Mark Fenech Vella on 21456522.