Villanova Voices will be Strong During World Meeting of Families, Pope’s Visit

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Villanova will have quite a voice during the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.

On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8pm, the combined Villanova University choirs will be singing a marriage themed oratorio, The Wedding Feast of the Lamb, as an auxiliary event during the World Meeting of Families.  The concert will be held at St. John the Evangelist at 13th & Market with an Orchestra comprised of students from the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) and String Theory Charter School. The event, which will be attended by a delegation of Irish Bishops, is free and open to the public.

On Saturday night, Villanova alumnae Margaret Lafferty (Class of 2008) and Chesley Turner (Class of 2005) will be part of the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale – under the artistic direction of Dr. J. Donald Dumpson  –  singing with Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin and others at the Festival of Families. Lafferty and Turner, who sing at St. Augustine's Church in Old City, recently auditioned for and were accepted into the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale. Both Lafferty and Turner were members of the Villanova Pastoral Musicians during their time at the University.

On Sunday, Villanova chemistry professor Marta Guron will perform for the Pope on the Parkway as a selected member of the Papal Choir.

Click here for more on Villanova’s involvement in this week’s historic events.