The fourth time with the Vallesina Prize
Arches in Harmony - 2014
This year, the initiative created by the “Vallesina Prize” of Jesi – which in 2011 brought together piano students from the Magnificat and students from other music schools of the province of Ancona. In the following years, it also opened up to the violin and cello students of the same schools and to the pupils of the Nova Skola of Sarajevo – itchanged its name.
It is no longer called "Pentagrammando per la Pace"or "MSG" (an Italian acronym that stands for Youth from the Marche, Sarajevo and Jerusalem give a message of peace), but Harmony – PeaceConcerts. In other words: a change of name that didn’t effect the essence of the initiative, that is to create opportunities in which young people can grow professionally and, by meeting each other in a joyful mode, they can also overcome the geographical, linguistic and nationalborders, bringing to the world a message of hope and peace which is also the philosophy of the Magnificat.
Thanks to the work of the “Vallesina Prize” team made up by Nicola Di Francesco, Beatrice Testadiferro and Franco Cascia, the arches of “Harmony – Peace Concerts 2014” echoed throughout the following buildings: the Abbey of Santa Croce (sec. XI) in Sassoferrato, of the Oasi S. Maria dei Monti in Grottammare, the higher Basilica of St. Francis (sec. XIII) in Assisi, the Oasi di Santa Maria dei Monti in Grottamare, the Higher Basilica of St. Francis(sec. XIII) in Assisi, the Abbey of Santa Maria (sec. XII) di Moie, the Cathedral of Fabriano, the Sanctuary of San Pasquale in Ostra Vetere. After, concerts were performed also in Villa Cagnola in Gazzada -Schianno (Varese) and in the Franciscan church of S. Maria degli Angeliin Lugano (Switzerland).
Curated and directed by Maestro Stefano Campolucci, the concert program featured melodies from the home countries of the young musicians: liturgical pieces, traditional songs and dance music from Bosnia and Palestine. A section followed with sacred and operatic music by Italian composers like Pergolesi, Rossini, Caccini, Mascagni and Puccini, performed together with three professional sopranos and atenor.
Time after time, the music glowed and gave back the light to the strikingly beautiful architecture of the Abbeys of S. Croce and S. Maria delle Moie, of the Upper Basilica of Assisi, of the Renaissance cathedrals; the sounds vibrated between the frescoes of Giotto and Luini, the paintings by Sassoferrato and by Agapiti. In Fabriano, the music encountered the exhibition “From Giotto to Gentile.”
Accompanied by Hania Soudah Sabbara and Fr Armando Pierucci and prepared by Professors Tania Beltser, Bella and Robert Canetti and Fabienne van Eck, the students of the Magnificat who participated to “Harmony 2014” were: Shireen Abu-Hadeed, Maysan Al-Sous, DavidAslanian, Namir Ibrahim, Elizabeth Nalbandian, Sabbara Habib, YasmeenSabbara, Nadeen Shaheen and Rita Tawil. Monica Mengoni, first violin of the Youth Orchestra, expressed the feelings of her colleagues: “Thank you for devoting your time to this project, that every year gets more intense and engaging. I could nothide the tears when, in Milan, I said goodbye to these youngsters;distance aside, they have become part of our lives, enriching it withtheir positivity and vitality, despite having to live war every day. We shall miss you all very much.”
Fr. Armando Pierucci