Muti receives highest papal honor at the Vatican

Fri May 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Following Riccardo Muti’s concert today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the highest Papal honor upon the Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director: the Knight of the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of St.Gregory the Great.

Established in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI, the Knight of the Grand Cross is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. The order is bestowed on Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the Church, their support of the Church, and the good example set in their communities and country. 

Muti led the orchestra and chorus of the Rome Opera Friday at the Vatican’s Sala Nervi to celebrate the seventh anniversary of Pope Benedict’s Pontification. The concert, which was broadcast on radio and TV,  included Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611, with Daniela Barcellona as soloist, and the Stabat Mater and Te Deum from Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces with soloist Rosa Feola.

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