Students of the Magnificat in concert in Varese
June 21st - 22th 2014
...and after the Competition, Music in the Villa
The winners of the Nikolaus de la Flüe Piano Competition 2014 were many but the prize of a concert abroad was awarded to two young musicians born in this millennium: Fadi Sabat (May 2, 2002) and Mohammed Al-Shaikh (March 22, 2003). Sharing the stage with them was also Hadeel Sabat (April 26, 1997).
The Association Friends of the Magnificat (AMM) of Switzerland, official sponsor of the event, outdid itself: a concert in Turin, the city that in 2015 will celebrate the Exposition of the Holy Shroud and the bicentenary year of the birth of Don Bosco. For this reason, the concert was held in Valdocco, the Salesians of Don Bosco’s headquarter in Turin, and, more precisely, at the House of the Sisters of Mary the Divine Helper. Organized and arranged by Prof. Paola Grignola and Mariuccia Malesani Valente, the concert was attended by a distinguished audience made up of journalists, intellectuals and members of the local aristocracy.
The two pianists did not let themselves be frightened by the Petrov piano, that they were playing for the first time, and performed with success the program of the evening that included pieces by Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Sibelius, Glinka and Bizet. “If you listen to the pieces and close your eyes”, Paola Grignola said, “you have the impression of listening to good professional musicians”. The audience’s positive reaction was the best compliment for the Magnificat and the teachers of the two students, Emma and Maria Spitkovsky together with Ekaterina Samson, and Raanan Eylon, teacher of the third performing musician: the flautist Hadeel Sabat.
The main event of the tour was, nonetheless, the participation to the 38th edition of the festival “Musica in Villa”, Music in the Villa, (June 14 – August 29, 2014),organized by the celebrated dermatologist Angelo Carabelli. The Villa mentioned above is Villa Cagnola di Gazzada Schianno (Varese), donated to the Holy See by the Count Guido Cagnola and managed by the Archdiocese of Milan in the person of Mons. Eros Monti.
In Villa Cagnola, the AAM presented the Magnificat, offered a gala dinner, exhibited CDs and DVDs of the Magnificat Collection and invited the attendees to the concert. Again, the three musicians outdid themselves; the pianists played the Steinway gran piano - a model similar to the one acquired by the Magnificat a couple of years ago - and Hadeel Sabat, accompanied at the piano by Fr. Armando Pierucci, played the Concertino by Chaminade and the Fantaisie by Fauré, two compositions favoured by the best flautists. The audience’s reception was fabulous: the applause was as loud as the thunders announcing the imminent storm.
“Maybe the arches of this space reverberated your applause” noted Fr. Armando “but, in truth, I’m sure this applause was coming, not from the arches, but from your hearts”.
Indeed a listener wrote her impression to a member of the AAM: “ I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me and my husband to share your world: we have felt emotion and tenderness towards these talented children. Well done to you and the AAM for the continuous commitment you put in this exciting project. " Also the Magnificat says thank you.
P. Armando Pierucci