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The Orchestra Performs for Pope Francis - Part I

September 27, 2015

"Thank you to those of you who gladdened us with your art, with the beauty which is the path that leads to God. Beauty leads us to God."--Pope Francis, during the Festival of Families Concert.

Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians played for Pope Francis and a crowd in the hundreds of thousands during the Festival of Families Concert on Saturday, September 26, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Pope Francis arrives onstage for the Festival of Families Concert to the final movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, as performed by Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Photo by Chris Lee

Earlier in the afternoon there was a soundcheck on the Parkway.

The Orchestra was joined by two superstars, seen here at the soundcheck: tenor Andrea Bocelli (top), with the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, and Latin-American pop star Juanes.

Backstage accommodations were less than luxurious, but the musicians met every challenge with a smile. Photo by Chris Lee

Yannick leads the Orchestra in the fourth movement from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Pope Francis was seated on the stage in close proximity to Yannick and the Orchestra during the concert. 

The audience was spread throughout Eakins Oval and down the Parkway toward City Hall.

Pope Francis giving his speech to the throngs of people who attended the concert.

The stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.