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Pianist Jin Ju performs for the Pope

Award winning Chinese pianist Jin Ju took center stage at a concert put on by the International Academy of Imola in Italy.The concert was at the Vatican in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. Members of the Synod of Bishops for Africa also attended.Ju is the second Chinese musician to perform for the Pope. Last year the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed for the pontiff in what was billed as a landmark concert in light of poor diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican. Ju?s performance included music by a variety of composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Bach.She also took the audience back in time. She performed on pianos from seven different eras which are part of a special collection that belongs to the academy of Imola. A collection that includes this fortepiano. A fortepiano is the early version of the piano, which was crafted by an Italian instrument maker in the 18th century. This instrument is known for evoking softer notes compared to the modern day piano. After the breath taking performance, Benedict XVI reflected on the power of music and compared music to a prayer. In his remarks, he said music stirs deep emotions and naturally calls the heart and mind to God. An expression that, on this night, was powered through Ju’s talent on the keys. MC