International Organ Music Festival (Internazionale di Musica d'Organo)

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Country and Region ItalySicily
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Castelbuono, Sicily, Italy
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Internazionale di Musica d’Organo

Festival Description

The annual International Organ Music Festival takes place in the Churches of the Historical town of Castelbuono. The Festival is a creation of Emanuele Viscuso, its founder and president, and has as artistic director Diego Cannizzaro, great Sicilian organist and expert of ancient organs.

Sicily has approximately 1500 ancient organs in its churches: more or less the equivalent as that in France and Germany combined. The historical organs of Castelbuono and Madonie are among the most ancient and interesting of Italy and Europe. In the church of St. Francesco in Castelbuono there is a splendid example, built in 1547. It is the third oldest organ in Italy and the fifth in Europe. Castelbuono and the Madonie have a prestigious musical tradition, which for many years has remained unknown untill the creation of this new festival where the top world researchers of organ will converge every year together with many young people and artists that have undertaken the fascinating trip of musical studies.

Emanuele Viscuso’s goal is to create an energetic flow based on the culture and an extraordinary and reciprocal opportunity for communication and international friendship between Sicily and Florida, moreover, between Italy and America and the entire world. During the festival the territory of the Princedom of Castelbuono, which includes several cities, will again become what if was in the past: an ancient renaissance princedom and a cultural center unique in the world.

Festival Dates December 16 - 28, 2010
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