Orchestrations for 2015 Papal mass in Philadelphia

Curtis Institute of Music professor, Dr. Ke-Chia Chen and composer John Frantzen were commissioned to orchestrate and arrange ten works for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming performance during the Papal Visit in Philadelphia.  On September 22-27 Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families, a massive multi-day Catholic celebration of families culminating in a visit by Pope Francis on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.  1.5 million visitors are expected to attend the event.  Chen and Frantzen orchestrated and arranged ten hymns for the Philadelphia orchestra, under the direction Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to be performed at the Papal Mass providing the liturgical music for the 400 member Philadelphia Archdiocesan Choir. The Papal Mass will take place on Sunday, September 27, at 4pm on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.