The Magnificat in Urbino
July 20th - 29th 2017
Academic students attend the early music workshops
This summer, 2 students enrolled in the academic program of the Magnificat Institute, together with the cello teacher Lucia D’Anna, participated in the prestigious workshops on early music organized by the festival Urbino Musica Antica. Directed by Marcello Gatti, the 49th edition of the Festival was dedicated to Claudio Monteverdi on the occasion of the anniversary for the 450 years since his birth. The festival saw the participation of renowned performers like Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alessandro Quarta and Alfredo Bernardini.
A special feature of the “Urbino Musica Antica” is its educational program: in fact, every year the performing artists give a series of workshops to young musicians coming from all over the world.
Jamil Freij and Claire Ghazzawi, both students of Giuliana Mettini in the academic program of the Magnificat, attended the course in Baroque Singing led by soprano Lia Serafini. A tenor and a soprano, Freij and Ghazzawi also participated in the Vocal Ensemble conducted by Alessandro Quarta.
Teacher Lucia D’Anna continued her exploration of the baroque cello with Gaetano Nasillo. In addition, D’Anna attended the masterclass on the works of Monteverdi taught by Rinaldo Alessandrini.
The city of Raphael provided the perfect background for the courses; the participants were also encouraged to give public concerts inside the beautiful churches and courtyards that dot the city.
As Jamil Freij described it: “In Urbino, one develops a personal relationship with the people, the students, the teachers, and the music, it stays with you. It was an experience that definitely changed me, and opened up new options for my music studies and career. This will absolutely become my annual activity!”
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Magnificat is able to offer high-quality educational opportunities to its students. The workshops in Urbino are only one example of the extracurricular activities that are available to worthy students, allowing them to immerse themselves into other musical and cultural realities.