There’s a message in that music

Eric Genuis will perform 18 concerts in the Wollongong Diocese (EricGenuis.com)

On his tour of Australia, acclaimed Canadian composer, pianist and inspirational speaker Eric Genuis will perform concerts and visit prisons in New South Wales to deliver a message of hope and purpose. Source: Wollongong Diocese.

Wollongong priest Fr Mark De Battista has spent five months traversing the diocese, spruiking the upcoming tour of Eric Genuis, who has been described as “a musical tour de force”.

Accompanied by a world class violinist, cellist and vocalist, Genuis’s concerts consist entirely of original compositions that are peppered with stories, humour and audience interaction.

“Eric’s concerts are unique because he provides his audience with powerful testimonies outlining the inspiration behind each piece performed, thus enhancing the impression upon all who hear them,” Fr De Battista said.

“His music deals with themes such as mercy, faith, forgiveness, love, hope, relationships and so many other ordinary life experiences. Eric’s concerts are for all who seek hope and purpose in their lives!”

And Genuis isn’t afraid to reach out and go to those on the edges of society who desperately need hope and purpose. As part of his Australian tour, Genuis will be taking part in several “Purposeful Day Activities” in several NSW prisons.

Over the past two years, Genuis has performed in more than 45 prisons – including maximum security prisons in the United States. Genuis firmly believes in the Christian message, “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36).

“The wardens tell me that for days and weeks after one of my concerts, the level of violence in the prison drops markedly,” Genuis said.

It’s not just prisoners that are inspired by the beauty of Genuis’s music. Jim Caviezel, the Hollywood actor who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, said, “What a pleasure to listen to not only a world-class pianist and composer, but an artist whose music translates beyond its genre to lift the audience to belief and hope in the power of the human spirit.”

Genuis is will give 18 performances in parishes across the Wollongong Diocese this month and in March and will visit a number of Catholic high schools. Details: www.ericgenuistour.com.

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Wollongong priest on a mission to bring world renowned musician to the region (Wollongong Diocese)

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