A pope (Benedict XVI), a president (Giorgio Napolitano) and a conductor (Zubin Mehta) walk into the Vatican bar. After a couple Grey Goose-soaked hours, a fight breaks out with a table of trust fund kids and their model girlfriends. Benedict XVI lunges Shaolin-style in red Prada slippers, Mehta blocks punches to his face with a Beethoven symphony score and Napolitano absconds with the models. *winks, points his index fingers into the "I'm that guy" pose*
Okay, well, we admit that what actually went down wasn't nearly as exciting: On February 4, Zubin Mehta and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra played at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI and Giorgio Napolitano, prez of the Italian Republic, in remembrance of the 84th anniversary of the Lateran Treaty. The Italian VIPs were treated to Verdi's La forza del destino overture and Beethoven's Eroica.
With last week's memorable concert at his back, Mehta commented on yesterday's resignation of the Pope, saying that he was moved by the Pope's post-concert speech after he had played on February 4.
He reiterated that he had already met the Pope during his years in Munich and continues (OC's translation k thnx): "We all remained enchanted by the beautiful speech that the Holy Father had pronounced after the concert, words that revealed a great love and profound understanding of Beethoven and Verdi. Everything that he has accomplished to the end will remain within history, the peace and kindness that he brought through to his travels will remain in the future memory. I want to newly-renew my promise to play for him any time that he wants, and I hope that now that he has more time, he'll have a way to visit Firenze's Maggio Musicale Fiorentino so that he can return to listen to us."