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SAGRA MUSICALE UMBRA. A PROGRAM DEDICATED TO THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST. FRANCIS

posted by on September 19th, 2016

The 71st edition will be held during September, with a route even richer than the past editions, with twenty-four events divided over eleven places.
The festival will start in Perugia, with concerts in the splendid Basilica of ‘San Pietro’, in the historical theatre ‘Morlacchi’, in the Templar church of ‘San bevignate’, in the National Gallery, in the cathedral of ‘San Lorenzo’ and will continue in the collegiate church of ‘Santa Maria Maggiore’ in Collescipoli, in the museum of ‘San Francesco di Montefalco’, in the abbey of ‘San Nicolò’ of San Gemini, in the sanctuary of ‘Mongiovino di Panicale’, in the Superior Basilica of ‘San Francesco’ of Assisi, in the public theatre of Bevagna, in the cloister of ‘San Francesco’ of Acquasparta and in the auditorium ‘Sant’ Antonio’ of Torgiano.
From this edition the Umbrian Music Festival will offer a special showcase for young talents from Umbria with “aperitif concerts” at ‘Palazzo della Penna’ in Perugia, with five meetings with graduates of the academy of music. Anna Calabro, president of the foundation ‘Perugia Musica Classica’, says: “After nearly 80 years of history, the 71st edition, considering the period of detention during the Second World War, the Sagra Musicale Umbra is part of the cultural traditions of our region and it characteristics, in part, the identity. The offered music is part of the landscape and the many special places that Umbria preserved as treasures. The presence in this edition of so many different places in Umbria, like Perugia, Panicale, Passignano, Torgiano, Umbertide, Acquasparta, Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, San Gemini, Terni, shows how the Sagra Musicale Umbra is a real “Umbrian” festival albeit in its orientation towards the world.

Returning in these special places over the years increases the value, because the fascination grows with the contribution of a public that increasingly attentive, participates in the ritual music. And that is why, even with the difficulties of nowadays, is offered with great enthusiasm, a precious moment of spiritual enrichment through music and the places that history has given us. Artistic director Alberto Batista says that the tradition of spiritual singing in Umbria has its antic heart set in the repertoire of ‘Laude Franciscan’, born as a naïve poetry in the XIII century.
The most important witness of this heritage, which continues to be handed down and chanted until today thanks to the persistence of Laudesi companies spread in the region, is located in the illustration “code 91” of the Etruscan Academy in Cortona, universally known as “Laudario of Cortona”.

From this incunabula branches off a rich and unbroken tradition of oral transmission and variants that have remained for centuries and they continue to be kept alive in popular devotional practices. To this heritage, the 71st Sagra Musicale Umbra inspires itself, holding the laud and Franciscan spirituality as a compass through a route even more richer than past editions, in the timeframe of eleven days, twenty-four events will be held divided by eleven different locations, chosen for its monumental beauty and for its famous ruins of a spiritual heritage, artistic and unique in the world.

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