FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Warsaw:
On Sunday, October 11th, the XVth John Paul II Day concert, “Tribute to John Paul II,” will be celebrated in Warsaw’s Old Town. Jose Feliciano will be this year’s International headliner, along with artists from Poland including the musical families Steczkowscy and Karpiel-Bułecka “Zakopower.” The special guest of Jose Feliciano – Mr. Arno Rauning - will join him on stage, as well, and the Musical Director for the concert is Karim Martusewicz. The “Tribute to John Paul II Concert” will be hosted by Krzysztof Ziemiec, an anchorman from Polish Television TVP.
The Concert will include a piece entitled, “An Appeal of Warsaw City with the Holy Father,” a special tribute to John Paul II and his teachings. “An Appeal of Warsaw City” is a prayer of the scholars from the “Work of the New Millennium” Foundation. Their theme this year is, “John Paul II – Patron of the Family” where they will celebrate the ever-important role of The Family. They affirm their motto with: “Through Holy Father John Paul II we want to pray for all families.”
This Tribute to St. Pope John Paul II is under the patronage of Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Bishop of Warsaw.
The Concert will be broadcast on Channel 1, the Polish Public Television, TVP1 and TVP.
Media patrons of “Tribute to John Paul II” are Polish Television TVP, Polish Radio, “Idziemy” and “Przewodnik Katolicki” magazine.
Mr. Feliciano’s song selection will include a number of his popular secular songs as well as “Ave Maria” and a song newly arranged by Arno Raunig and written by Sister Marie Roccapriore, M.P.F., personal friends of Feliciano. The song, “Don’t Be Afraid,” echoes St. Pope John Paul II’s theme during his Papacy and so therefore, is a most important selection to perform. Since this song was written for children’s voices, it will be performed by a local children’s choir along with Arno Raunig and Jose.