ClarinetFest 2013

The Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto, in collaboration with the city of Assisi, are honored to host ClarinetFest® 2013 (July 24–28) in the historic city of Assisi, in the Umbria region of Italy. We will share with our guests the unique atmosphere of Assisi, the city of St. Francesco (St. Francis)­, known for his universal message of brotherhood and peace.

Among these vestiges there is the well preserved facade of the Temple of Minerva, remains of the Forum, the amphitheater, the Roman walls. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the city became a settlement of the Goths around 545 AD. Successively it was under the Longobards. Around 1000 AD, it became an independent city (comune). During this period it knew the extraordinary spread of the monastic movement (especially the Benedestines). Around 1180 Saint Francis was born, the most famous of the sons of Assisi. The son of Pietro di Bernardone, a rich merchant, he grew as a young noble of Assisi. During a war between Assisi and Perugia, he was held prisoner for several months in 1202. Dissatisfied with his life, he turned to prayer and service to the poor, and in 1206 he publicly renounced his father's wealth. Pope Innocent III approved his way of life, gave him and his disciples permission to preach on moral topics, and had Francis ordained a deacon. With the collaboration of Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-8/11/1253), Francis founded (1212) a branch of his order for women, called the Poor Clares. Later, he established (1221) another branch for lay men and women, called the Third Order. He died on October 3, 1226 and was canonized in 1228 by Pope Gregorio IX. The city was under the imperial and then papal rule. There was then a succession of local lords like Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the Montefeltro family, Braccio Fortebraccio and Francesco Sforza, until the middle of the sixteenth century, when Umbria was conquered by Paul III who built the famous "Rocca Paolina" in Perugia and reestablished the pope control over the city. Lately, in the nineteen century the city joined the newly born Italian state, together with other Umbrian cities.

The Monuments

TEMPLE OF MINERVA The temple dates back to the late Republican period, that is from the first century. a. Christ.

PALACE OF THE CAPTAIN AND THE PEOPLE  Built between 1212 and 1305, is the first public building that settles in the town square, close to the temple.

THE CHURCH OF S. MARY MAJOR  The church, originally founded in the tenth century, until 1036 was the cathedral of Assisi, moved that year to St. Rufino. The present building dates from the twelfth secolo.

THE ROCCA MAJOR  Documented for the first time in 1174, the fortress was built as the German feudal castle.

BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA OF THE ANGELS Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli impressive size (it is the seventh-largest among Christian churches) perhaps poorly suited to the dictates of simplicity Franciscans, however, was necessary to accommodate the masses of pilgrims visiting at the Portiuncula, the primitive chapel of St. Maria degli Angeli S. Francis received a gift from the Benedictine Subasio and became the nucleus of the first convent and the Chapel of the Transit, the place where St. Francis died Oct. 4, 1226.

The Conference

The conference events will be held in many locations in this enchantingly compact and walkable ancient city. These venues include the Cittadella Theatre, Metastasio Theatre and Padre Nicolini Auditorium. The evening concerts will take place in the downtown Lyrick Theatre.

The beautiful Monte Frumentario building (XIII century) will house the exhibitions with many instrument makers, accessories, sheet music dealers, reed companies and mouthpiece artisans. In addition to the regularly scheduled exhibitions, we look forward to featuring a special exhibition with many stands of typical products from our region, such as wine, cheese, norcineria, honey, olive oil, handicrafts, ceramics and more. We are certain that you will visit our exhibit area frequently!

In the heart of the old city there are many hotels tucked away in the quiet, magical atmosphere of the medieval backstreets. These hotels offer typical warm Italian hospitality in very nice buildings around thePiazza del Comune (Town Hall) and near the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Many of the hotels have rooms with air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, wireless Internet and other typical hotel amenities. You can enjoy your stay in the heart of the capital of peace in very nice old buildings but with all the modern comforts. Assisi also offers many private and simple rooms with prices for the budget–conscious traveler. You can download information about accommodations from our website.

Assisi offers a wide variety of dining options, such as in the osterie and trattorie, where you can enjoy original Italian and Umbrian cuisine. In the Piazza del Comune (Town Hall), you can enjoy your free time sitting outside the many bars, gelaterie (ice cream shops) and pizzerias. Please visit the website for more dining information.

There will be opportunities to visit other artistic old cities in our Region of Umbria, such as Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, all medieval cities, as well as opportunities to see beautiful landscapes like Cascate delle Marmore, Trasimeno Lake, etc. Our website displays customized packages organized specifically for ClarinetFest® attendees.

The International Airport of St. Francis of Assisi, with connections from London, Brussels, Paris and Barcelona, is very close to the city of Assisi. However, the most important airport that connects Assisi with the world is Roma Fiumicino. Convenient direct shuttle buses (2 hours) have been arranged to transport people from the Roma Fiumicino airport to Assisi (July 23 and 24), and then back from Assisi to the Roma Fiumicino airport (July 28 and 29). You may reserve your ticket and time on our website.

The four nights in the Lyrick Theater will be a tribute to different languages in which the clarinet is always a protagonist: soloists with wind orchestra, soloists with symphony orchestra, jazz and popular music (klezmer, Italian dance music, etc.).

On July 27 we would like to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest clarinet choir with 350 clarinet players in Assisi’s historic center!

On July 28 we will have two fantastic performances with a clarinet choir comprised of professors from American universities, a second clarinet choir made up of professors from Italian conservatories, and a closing the concert with both of these choirs combined performing works which I will conduct.

A complete list of artists and events will be on the Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto website www.accademiaitalianaclarinetto.com  

I am very happy to welcome you to Assisi from July 24–28, 2013. Ciao!

 

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