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Gennarini: We were surprised by the welcoming received from the Jewish community and the amazing help from the Rabbis. The list of people endorsing the event is remarkable. Among them are:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan;
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley;
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick;
Cardinal James F. Stafford;
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Archbishop of Vienna);
Arch. William F. Murphy;
Rabbi David Rosen;
Rabbi Arthur Schneier;
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik;
Rabbi Yitz Greenberg;
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum;
Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg;
Rabbi Bob Kaplan;
Rabbi Noam Marans;
Rabbi Richard Marker;
Rabbi Marc Schneier.
Also the following presidents of the most important Jewish world organizations have supported the event:
Mr. Abraham H. Foxman, (ADL);
Mr. David A. Harris (AJC);
Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder (WJC).
FP: Tell us some more about the composer of the symphony, Kiko Argüello.
Gennarini: Francisco (Kiko) José Gómez de Argüello Wirtz was born in Leon, Spain on January 9, 1939. He studied Fine Arts in the Academy of S. Fernando of Madrid receiving the title of Professor of Painting and Design. In 1959 he received the Extraordinary National Prize for Painting. After a deep existential crisis, a serious conversion happened inside of him, which brought him to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ and to the Church. Convinced that Christ was present in the suffering of the Last Ones of the earth, in 1964 he went to live amongst the poorest, moving into a shanty made out of wood in Palomeras Altas, in the suburbs of Madrid.
Later, Kiko met Carmen Hernandez and from their collaboration originated the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Christian formation lived in small Christian communities. Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernandez and the Italian priest Rev. Mario Pezzi, are today responsible at the international level for the Neocatechumenal Way, which is present in 120 nations on 5 continents.
In this way the songbook “Resucitó” appeared, with more than 300 songs for the liturgy that today are sung in all languages in the Churches of the world. He is also author of many artistic and architectural works; among them: seven great frescos in the Cathedral Apse of the Cathedral of Madrid and, in Israel, on top of the Mount of the Beatitudes, the International Center “Domus Galilaeae” which is visited each year by hundreds of thousands of Jews.
The Domus Galilee was inaugurated by Pope John Paul II during his historic visit to Israel in the year 2000. He sent a personal letter to the Domus Galilee expressing the desire that it would become “a center for initiatives aimed at establishing a more fruitful dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish world.”
FP: Who will be performing the Symphony? What will the symphony entail in terms of musicians and chorus singers, etc?
Gennarini: The orchestra and choir of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, conducted by Pau Jorquera, features 100 musicians and 80 chorus singers, from Spain and Italy. All of them are professional musicians, who belong to the Neo-Catechumenal Way and they will play for free. And they are happy to do it!
FP: Who is paying for the event?
Gennarini: We are really seeing the Providence of God because day by day he has been helping through the most unexpected venues. A brother from Chicago made a contribution to help bring the message of the symphony around the States and also other brothers and sisters did the same. Everything has been provided pro bono: a lawyer helped with the contract, people offered hospitality.
FP: Final words?
Gennarini: Come and see! The performance will take place on Tuesday, May 8th at Avery Fisher Hall-Lincoln Center in New York at 8:00 p.m. Admission to the performance is free but requires a ticketed reservation available by calling 201-998-9469 or emailing [email protected]. For more information, click here.
FP: Giuseppe Gennarini, thank you very much for joining Frontpage Interview. We wish you the best and encourage all of our readers to make it to “The Suffering of the Innocents.” And we are very grateful to everyone that has made it possible.
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