Saturday, April 16, 2011

Finale Concert at the Church and Convent of San Silvestro a special treat for the musicians and their groupies

The St. Bonaventure’s College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir, of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, presented the final concert of their 2011 Incantato Italy Performance Tour and Pilgrimage at the Convento San Silvestro in Montecompatri on Saturday, April 16, 2011 to a small, but very appreciative audience. Everyone, musicians and audience alike, enjoyed the joyful atmosphere and great accoustics of the church perched high upon a hill and overlooking the beautiful countryside.
San Silvestro is a 16th century convent known for its picture gallery, featuring important sacred paintings from the 18th century made for worship and devotion for the Barefoot Carmelites, who were given the monastery in 1604 by Pope Clemente VIII. It was appreciated then for its forested solitude away from the city, which was perfect for quiet contemplation. Many years later, in 1874, the convent was sold to a nearby town for use as a home for old people. It was redeemed at public auction in 1905 and returned to religious service in 1920. It’s in Monte Compatri, a municipality about 20 kilometers southeast of Rome with beautiful views and lush land.

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