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placeholder April 7, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA

Kelly Clarkson

Jose Feliciano

Placido Domingo
Performers set for
papal events

NEW YORK (CNS) — Performing for a papal event is not just another gig, even for those whose names are usually rendered in boldface type.

Kelly Clarkson, 25, a pop singer who gained national attention by winning the inaugural “American Idol” competition in 2002, will sing several of her standards for the youths awaiting the pope at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York, April 19.

At Yankee Stadium April 20, guitar virtuoso Jose Feliciano will sing “Lean on Me,” “Que Sera, Sera” and “God Bless the USA.” He and his family attend the Church of the Assumption in Westport, where Jose is a lector, his wife is a catechist and Eucharistic minister, and their three children are altar servers.

In Washington, tenor Placido Domingo and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will sing at the Mass at Nationals Park April 17. Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, will sing Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” Communion, and Graves will sing “We Are One in the Spirit” just before the processional.

Other performers at papal events include Metropolitan Opera tenor Marcello Giordani, the Irish singer Dana, and jazz singer Harry Connick Jr. The choirs include the Harlem Gospel Choir and the West Point Cadet Choir, from the U.S. Military Academy.

Benoit Jutras, musical director and principal composer for Cirque Du Soleil, has written a piece for the processional of the standard-bearers for the Mass at Yankee Stadium.

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