The magnificent cathedral, decorated with twelve of the Names Project Vienna’s Memorial Quilts, was filled to the last rows. In addition to the quilts, which were sewn family and friends as a last farewell to their loved ones, a sea of forget-me-not flowers in the sanctuary reminded of the 35 million people worldwide who have died of HIV / AIDS.
Cathedral Priest Toni Faber, Father Clemens Kriz, Maria Happel, and many companions shaped the evening together with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Verena Doppler, Markus Freistätter, Missy May, Rose Alaba, Nathan Trent, and Conchita spoke on behalf of those gathered in the Cathedral in hopeful intercessory prayers.
Under the direction of the internationally renowned conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonia Choir let Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor resound. New discoveries by Plácido Domingo brought their unique voices to the cause in solo passages: soprano Julia Novikova, mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova, tenor Levy Strauss Sekgapane (Operalia winner 2017) and bass Andrea Mastroni.
The soul and jazz singer Dorretta Carter dismissed the friends, relatives, and supporters who had come together to commemorate in Austria’s most important church on a hopeful note.