An Evening of Gregorian Chant in Santa Croce

To get into the Christmas mood, head down to Santa Croce on Saturday, December 16 for an evening dedicated to Gregorian chant at 9 pm. The concert is free to all until places filled.

Stars of the performance are the Viri Galilaei Chorus conducted by master Enzo Ventroni who will perform well-known Christmas and advent themed songs, including the Ave Maria and Hallelujah.

The Viri Galilaei Chorus is a musical group dedicated to the study of Gregorian chant. Having mainly performed solely in Florence, the chorus attempts to maintain the interest for this type of ancient Christian a capella music in the city. The group put on their first concert in the 90s and has since gone on to do around 200 more over the years. In 1995 it released its first CD “Songs of Advent and Christmas.” The chorus’ hard work, however, could not be possible without the dedication and organisation of director Enzo Ventroni.

Taking place in the Refectory of Santa Croce, visitors will be able to admire impressive art works, while enjoying the music. The imposing, grand Last Supper fresco in the concert hall will amaze with its intricate patterned designs and many characters. Observe Gaddi’s Crucifixion speak volumes with the help of the musical background. Cruxifixion, appropriately appears almost like a “Christmas tree” or “tree of life” with Christ at the centre of the wooden cross. Artfully depicted messages branching out from the core, weave all the way to prophets who receive the message of ‘salvation.’

Doors will open at 8:30 pm, however it is recommended to get there early to guarantee seat availability.

With Santa Croce not usually being open for free to the public, take the opportunity to see up-close impressive artworks and listen to classical Christmas-themed songs, whether it is to get into the holiday spirit or to simply enjoy a pleasant evening out. (karen gee)