CNS features the line-up of performers for the pope’s visit to the New York area on April 20th. Kelly Clarkson will headline a four-hour event at St Joseph Seminary in Yonkers. Stig Edgren is in charge of the music outside of Mass.
(H)e wanted to “keep it young” and is using alternative rock, Christian rock bands and closing the show with Clarkson. He said that he booked Clarkson as soon as he took the assignment. “I was looking for an artist who was a good role model, a success, with no scandals.”
No scandals: always good for us. I don’t think Mr Edgren checked everything Ms Clarkson has ever said about ESCR, Terri Schaivo, and the TLM. But I’m sure some enterprising and helpful elf will check on that for us.
Meanwhile, Ms Clarkson is pleased about her gig:
“I was so excited to be asked to sing for the pope! I grew up singing church music, and it’s always been a dream of mine to perform ‘Ave Maria.’ To have that dream come true on such a special occasion is truly a blessing.”
Maybe it’s just because I’ve played the chestnut so many times, but I don’t see the particular appeal of the Schubert. Every other Catholic couple have it sung at their wedding. Harry Connick composing special pieces for this event: that’s interesting to me. I wonder what kind of Ave Maria he would write …