The oldest orchestra in the world gives the Pope the gift of music
April 20, 2012. (Romereports.com) For his 85th birthday,the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig (Germany), which is the oldest in the world, has offered a concert to the Pope at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
The program included the spectacular Symphony No. 2, ‘Hymn of Praise’ by Felix Mendelssohn. Also accompanying the Orchestra was the Gewandhaus and MDR Radiophonic chorus. The concert included the solo voices of Luba Orgonasova, Bernarda Fink and Steve Davislim, under the direction of Riccardo Chailly.