Monday 9 June 2008
Aussie pop stars, ARIA award winners and the Tap Dogs to headline World Youth Day Sydney 2008
ARIA-award winners and Australian Idols Guy Sebastian and Damien Leith, together with Paulini, the Tap Dogs, teen opera sensation Tempus and singer/songwriter Gary Pinto head up an all-star cast for World Youth Day Sydney 2008.

This crew will perform a special concert on Tuesday 15 July at Barangaroo following the Opening Mass.

To kick-off World Youth Day the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell will celebrate an Opening Mass at 4.30pm with the 225,000 registered pilgrims.

The headline crew will then heat things up from 7pm with a three hour Welcome concert beginning with an indigenous dance performance and the Australian Girls Choir.

The week continues with a number of international sensations at major events and Youth Festival stages.

Those lucky enough to perform for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse include Guy Sebastian and Paulini, Robert Galea, a singing seminarian from Malta, celebrated Australian opera singer and WYD08 Ambassador Amelia Farrugia, and Latin-style crooner German Silva.

They will perform the WYD08 anthem “Receive the Power” in the English and international versions.

Soulful African-American Gospel singer Francine Bell will also sing a Gospel Hymn for the Pope at the Final Mass and will also feature during the Stations of the Cross production on Friday 18 July.

Talented young Australian opera star Andrew Goodwin will join Amelia Farrugia performing cantor roles at the Final Mass.

Separate to the major events, but just as impressive is Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by Sydney Symphony’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti. This will take place at the Sydney Opera House with a red-carpet event on Friday evening, 18 July and a second public performance on Saturday 19 July.

Sydney will host the 23rd World Youth Day from 15 -20 July. Hosted by the Catholic Church but open to all, WYD08 will mark the first visit by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia.


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