Polish choirs perform 19th-century prince’s mass in Paris

The neo-classical monument to the Glory of Napoleon’s Great Army, L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Paris was filled to the brim on Sunday, not just with lovers of classical music but also with sounds of Mass in F major composed by a 19th-century Polish composer and an operatic tenor Prince Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski.

The concert under the patronage of the Embassy of Poland in Paris and the Institute for the Promotion of the Polish Culture was the latest event to promote Polish culture around the world.

As Reverend Robert Tyrała of the Papal University in Kraków said, “this is a particularly important location for Polish people, mainly because almost one hundred and seventy years ago this church was the place where Frederic Chopin’s funeral took place.”

Performed by the Orchestra of the Beethoven Academy along with Górecki Chamber Choir and the Polish Radio Choir, the Mass in F major will support the reconstruction works of Notre Dame Cathedral with money collected from ticket sales. Notre Dame Cathedral’s dome was consumed by fire in April earlier this year.