PAPAL MEDALS FOR STEFAN STULIGROSZ AND ENNIO MORRICONE
The world famous musicians and composers professor Stefan Stuligrosz and Ennio Morricone – the first one after death – were honored with the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ (Through art to God) during a solemn concert which took place on 29 September in an exhibition hall of Fairs in Kielce. The medals were given personally by the chairman of the Papal Council for Culture cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.
Bishop Marian Florczyk – the chairman of the Chapter of the Medal of the Papal Council for Culture ‘Per Artem ad Deum’, officially declaring the surnames of the prize-winners during XIII International Exhibition of Building and Equipment of Churches, Sacral Art and devotionals articles Sacro Expo in June 2012, he emphasized that the exhibition in Kielce is the only place in the world where the reward is given and, therefore, it was decided to develop its range onto the scale of whole Europe. Professor Stefan Stuligrosz was appreciated ‘for optimism and his consequence on the way to the freedom of souls’, whereas Ennio Morricone ‘for genius of creating intimacy featured with lyricism and simplicity through creating tunes loved by the whole world’.
During the celebrations of rewarding medals, the music composition ‘Tracielo e terra’(Between the Heaven and the Earth) of Ennio Morricone for choir and orchestra was performed by the prize-winner and the Orchestra of Świętokrzyska Philharmonics and Choir of Cracow Philharmonics. The program of the concert also included 11 musical works performed by ‘Poznańskie słowiki’ – six in the part ‘Old choir music’ a capella and five accompanied by organ which Maciej Bolewski played.(Catholic Information Agency)