Children’s Choir in San Gabriel Valley to Join with Sistine Chapel Choir to Sing for Pope Francis

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Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley, a choir of children and youth, dedicated to the performance of sacred music, has been invited by the director of the Sistine Chapel Choir to participate in the premier Epiphany Choir Festival of Children and Youth in Rome, Italy. Young choristers from around the world are being invited to sing and all participants will present a joint concert at the Church of St. Ignatius and sing Mass with Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica.

The quality, intonation and skill of Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley to my ear, places them in the very upper echelon of children’s choirs nationally. A hearty “Bravo!” to Mr. Flahive for what he accomplishes with these children. - Paul Salamunovich

Internationally known for his work with children’s choirs and in music education, Patrick Flahive, director of Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley, was recently informed of this honor, and also of his selection as co-director of the festival, which will culminate in a Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on January 6, 2016. With the recent canonization of Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Saint John XXIII, combined with an elevated enthusiasm around the world for Pope Francis, Mr. Flahive hopes this unique moment in the church's history will inspire local singers to participate in this musical and spiritual pilgrimage. An informational meeting for those interested will take place on Sunday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Covina, CA.

Formed in 1993 to bring young singers together in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles, Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley’s founding purpose was to participate in an international Congress of Pueri Cantores (Young Singers) in Rome. Under Flahive’s direction the choir joined with over 9,000 young singers from around the world for ceremonies, rehearsals and concerts in the Eternal City. The grand conclusion of that Congress was the celebration of the Mass of January 1, 1994 with Pope John Paul II. The choir sang in the dedication of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles) and has participated in a multitude of ceremonies and concerts, eight international and several domestic concert tours, LA Opera performances, recordings, television and film productions.

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Patrick Flahive
Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley
since: 10/2010
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