The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 oday announced that Andrea Bocelli, the internationally acclaimed Italian tenor with more than 70 million records sold, and Juanes, a multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winning Colombian superstar,  will travel to Philadelphia to perform at the
Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26, for Pope Francis.



In addition one of the world’s most renowned ensembles – The Philadelphia Orchestra- will also perform for the Holy Father at the Festival of Families.  Mr. Bocelli, Juanes and The Philadelphia Orchestra are the first performers to be officially confirmed for the Festival of Families, which will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Additional high profile acts are expected to be added in the next 1-2

This announcement was made during a news conference at the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, Italy at which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and Mayor Michael A. Nutter were joined by Ms. Allison Vulgamore, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra.   It was also shared that The Philadelphia Orchestra
will perform at the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, providing the liturgical music for the anticipated 500 member Archdiocesan choir.  Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic Music Director of the famed ensemble, will conduct for both performances.

“When we first began planning the Festival of Families, we wanted to ensure that we brought together performers that represented the world,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015.

“To have Andrea Bocelli, one of the world’s great vocalists, and Juanes, one of the most popular performers in all of Latin America, come to Philadelphia for the Festival of Families is an extraordinary gift.  And to be able to have these incredible individuals perform with our hometown jewel in The Philadelphia Orchestra brings this event together in spectacular fashion.  Without a doubt, these performances will not only capture the hearts and imaginations of the thousands who will watch them live on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway but also the millions around the world who will watch on television and online.  This will be a shared moment and we are deeply grateful to Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, for being part of this once-in-a-lifetime moment.”

Co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families is a triennial global event that seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time in his Papacy. Being held in the United States for the first time ever, the official theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is “Love is OurMission: The Family Fully Alive.”