Peace will be the theme that will accompany the various musical moments. There will be the presence of Franco Battiato, through the memory of Giovanni Caccamo and Juri Camisasca intimately linked to the great Sicilian artist; that of Charles de Foucauld “The Universal Brother”, recently canonised by Pope Francis, a witness of peace through inter-religious dialogue with all peoples; and finally, the hymn “Pacem in Terris” from the encyclical of St. John XXIII, an imposing invocation for the end of all war.
“Parola” (Word), the new album by Sicilian singer-songwriter Giovanni Caccamo, will kick off at Teatro Signorelli on the evening of Saturday 2 July at 9 pm: a dialogue between prose, poetry and song, in which Caccamo takes on an original role as “witness and bridge of stories”, a flat with seven rooms, into which Caccamo invites us to enter and browse.
Sunday 3 July at 10.30 am, at the Eremo delle Celle, the Festival’s inauguration Mass.
Sunday 3 July at 9 p.m., in the cloister of Sant’Agostino, the Hubay trio made up of Stefano Rondoni on violin, Elena Casagrande on violin, and Ermanno Vallini on cello, will offer the public the concert “Sonate per la pace”.
On Monday 4 July at 9 p.m., in Cortona Cathedral, a refined concert for violin, oboe, organ and double bass entitled ‘Ragione e sentimento nel secolo dei lumi’ (Reason and feeling in the Age of Enlightenment). A path of spiritual research in 18th century instrumental music.
On Tuesday, 5 July at 9 p.m., a tribute to Giancarlo Ristori, founder and president of the Association for the recovery and enhancement of Cortona’s historical organs. The Church of San Filippo will host an organ concert entitled “The Sound of Rebirth” with Massimiliano Rossi at the keyboard of the prestigious instrument recovered, among others, by Giancarlo Ristori, with a remembrance by Dr. Mario Aimi.
The protagonist of the evening on Wednesday 6 July at 9 pm at the Auditorium of Sant’Agostino will be the “priest” of sound, Juri Camisasca. With “Adunanza mistica” he will propose a journey into music, spirituality and inner research in a collaboration with a group of musicians who have always made music a vehicle of the spirit. Fraternal friend of Franco Battiato with whom he formed a long artistic partnership.
Thursday 7 July at 9 p.m., in the Cloister of Sant’Agostino, Daniele Di Bonaventura returns to Cortona after the great success of the concert on the Laudario together with Paolo Fresu and Armoniosoincanto, to perform “L’Armonium dei poveri”, the instrument that made him famous: the Bandoneon.
On Friday 8 July at 9 p.m., in the Sant’Agostino Auditorium, a classic of the Festival of Sacred Music, Marcello Bronzetti’s oratorio “Come un Viaggiatore nella Notte” (Like a Traveller in the Night), centred on the life of Saint Charles de Foucauld, with the choir and orchestra Fideles et Amati conducted by Tina Vasaturo.
On Saturday 9 July, again at Sant’Agostino, the great closing concert of the ‘Pacem in Terris’ Festival, with Monsignor Marco Frisina conducting, the choir of the Diocese of Rome and the Fideles et Amati orchestra. An imposing invocation to the Peace of music that uplifts every man
Sunday 10 July at 11 a.m., in the Cathedral of Cortona the Holy Mass will close the XIX Festival of Sacred Music.