Festivals and Shows

74th Sagra Musicale Umbra

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Assisi, Montefalco, Norcia, Panicale, Perugia, San Gemini, Torgiano, Trevi
07-22 September 2019 
Tourist information and welcome office
Piazza Matteotti, 18 - Loggia dei Lanari - 06121 Perugia
The Sagra Musicale Umbra is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in Europe dedicated to promoting, disseminating and stimulating music of sacred inspiration. From 1937 to the present, it has hosted world-famous conductors and concert performers.

The 74th edition will take place in Perugia and 7 other Umbrian cities (Assisi, Montefalco, Norcia, Panicale, San Gemini, Torgiano, Trevi) from 7 to 22 September. It will be a real journey into the ancestral relationship between man and music.
The festival proposes a program full of events again this year. After the preview of 7 September with the performances on the cello by Giacomo Cardelli and on the piano by Margherita Santi at the Teatro Clitunno in Trevi, the Abbey of San Nicolò in San Gemini will host the Parma Trio for the Concert "From the Danube to the Shannon: three centuries of popular in chamber music" on Sunday 8 September.
The inaugural concert will take place on Friday 13 September in Assisi in the churchyard of the Upper Basilica of St. Francis, with the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia directed by Enrico Bronzi and the Dance Company of Nicola Galli. Exactly seventy years after the Italian premiere at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Sagra Musicale Umbra brings to the stage the orchestral suite taken from the ballet "Nobilissima Visione" by Paul Hindemith, written in 1938. 
The churchyard of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia will be the "canvas" on which the "Journey to Italy. Ethnomusic video mapping. A Journey through the Polyphonies of Sacred and Profane Italy" of Karmachina will be projected. The multimedia work will be presented on the occasion of Basiani's concert (Saturday, September 14th), the most exciting traditional Georgian polyphonic complex of today. Then, the screening will be repeated several times every evening until September 21st.
There will be the protagonists of great standing such as Philippe Herreweghe, Giovanni Sollima, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Collegium Vocale Gent, the Orchestra della Toscana, Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura (with the national premiere of the Two for Tree and Orchestra project, together with the Perugia Chamber Orchestra, on the 16th September in Norcia and on September 17th in Perugia). 
Many chamber groups and young soloists will take part in the event such as Trio di Parma, Simonide Braconi, Quartetto Werther, Quartetto Berlin-Tokyo, Quartetto Noûs, Giuseppe Gibboni and many others. As part of the event, a large choral festival is also scheduled with four concerts in the Church of S. Ercolano in Perugia (Chorus of the University of Perugia, the Coro ArmoniosoIncanto, the Coro Santo Spirito Volumnia, the Accademia degli Unisoni) and a concert in the Aula Magna of the University for Foreigners of Perugia with the Jewish Choir HA-KOL, which will be preceded by a conference held by Anna Foa.
The program also includes the events "Musica in Galleria" (that will take place in the main hall of the National Gallery of Umbria), "Cori alle Cinque" (in the Church of Sant'Ercolano) and "Musica della Speranza" with the Brass Quintet of the Perugia Chamber Orchestra that will perform in two different moments on September 18: in the morning, at the Pie Donini Works and in the afternoon, in the Capanne Penitentiary Complex. 
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