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Pittsburgh’s Honeck to Vatican on Christmas Eve

December 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musical director Manfred Honeck will conduct the music during the Vatican’s Christmas Eve Mass.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1IBbEYr ) reports Honeck will lead an Italian orchestra in “Et incarnatus est” a selection from Mozart’s Mass in C minor.

Honeck, a native of Austria, is also a devout Catholic.

Pope Francis requested the musical selection because it “lifts you to God.”

The Pittsburgh orchestra was the first American orchestra to perform for a pope in the Vatican. That 2004 concert was conducted by Gilbert Levine.

The Mass will be broadcast live in the United States at 3:30 p.m. EST on EWTN-TV and the Vatican’s YouTube channel.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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