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October 09, 2006 - 12:00 PDT

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THE FIRST MASS FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II COMMISSIONED BY THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. LOUIS KING OF FRANCE MCG JAZZ RELEASE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA DAMAGE TO NEW ORLEANS LANDMARK Release Commemorates Anniversary of Pope's Inauguration

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) Composer and musician Jay Weigel releases "The Mass of Pope John Paul II The Great" on MCG Jazz to commemorate the anniversary of the Pope's inauguration on October 16, 1978. Scored for orchestra and choir, the work was commissioned by the landmark Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans to honor the then Pope. Two weeks before its premiere, John Paul II passed away, and Weigel's "Mass" is now a memorial to the world leader and a fundraiser for the Cathedral. MSG Jazz will release the CD October 17, 28 years after Pope John Paul II's inauguration.

St. Augustine tells us that a sung prayer is a prayer twice prayed. The Mass of John Paul the Great is certainly an example of this....This Mass reflects not only our history and culture but also reflects the words of St. Augustine and hopefully lifts our human spirit in praise of God. - Most Rev. Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans

The oldest existing Catholic Cathedral in continual use in the United States, the present cathedral stands on the site of the first permanent church, completed in 1727. The original French church fell victim to the 1788 fire that destroyed much of the city. In 1794, under the Spanish, a new church was completed over the ruins of the original French church. It was nota Cathedral, with the establishment of the vast Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas. The present Cathedral was elevated to the status of minor Basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1964. On April 25, 2004, Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes blessed the new 4,600 Holtramp organ. The organ was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina when the Cathedral suffered roof damage.

We were initiating a Cultural and Heritage Center at the Cathedral which has a rich history of music that dates back to the 18th century....I am proud that St. Louis Cathedral is a part of this composition and that it was first performed at the Cathedral. - Rev. Mrgr. Crosby W. Kern, Rector, St. Louis Cathedral

As Executive Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Weigel is leading the push for Louisiana's Sound Recording Investor Tax Credit, an incentive to bring music and business to the state. The New Orleans native, who has served as Executive Director since 1996, was contacted by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to help conserve New Orleans' position on the national arts scene as a significant force in the production and presentation of contemporary work. In January 2006, Weigel helped facilitate the recording of the score of Tyler Perry's Madea, A Family Reunion in New Orleans, marking the first recording session to take advantage of the credit.

The city and culture of New Orleans, has flavored much of Weigel's work and purpose. Recently, he completed the score for Harold Sylvester's NOLA and has started work on the 90 minute film documentary Katrina's Kids. Additionally, Weigel has served on the Bring New Orleans Back Subcommittee on Culture, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu's Louisiana Rebirth Advisory Board and is a Board member of the Louisiana Cultural Foundation. This year, he started a class in film scoring for Loyola University in New Orleans.

Weigel's concert works integrate the folk and improvised music of America, and in particular, New Orleans, into a classical format. Several orchestras have commissioned Weigel to produce new works, including the New Orleans Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and Lincoln Symphony, and in 1994 he received a major commission from the National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center as the Louisiana composer whose work most reflected the state culture. Weigel has worked in the Film and television world for over 20 years.

His work can be heard in feature films, documentaries, orchestrations, arrangements for major recording artists and over 300 commercials. Besides working on his own scores, he has worked as an orchestrator, conductor, music preparatory and contractor for both fellow New Orleanian Terence Blanchard and Chris Thomas King.

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