The “Homage to Umbria”project
“Assisi in the World“ festival.
From an originary
common wish of the great violinist Uto Ughi and of
the opera singer Laura Musella to underline through
the beauty of the music the beauty of numerous
architectural and artistic masterpieces present in
Umbria and to make their intrinsic spirituality
emerge the project “Homage to Umbria” was born.To
the project ,that attracted the interest also of the
Pope John Paul II° because of its spiritual and
social character , is connected a series of events
that every year are realised in the most particular
places of Umbria and somewhere else .The most
emblematic event in the Project’s existence and its
testimonial was the great concert for peace that the
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino artistic mass conducted
by Zubin Mehta with Uto Ughi as violin soloist gave
in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi on
May 30th 2002.This musical performance was attended
by the highest authorities of the italian government
as well as by many ambassadors and dignitaries of
foreign countries. It was transmitted nationwide by
the italian television and then worldwide by Rai
international and Raisat.In addition.
By that time Zubin
Mehta is the testimonial conductor of the project
and the protagonist of various its activities.
Lorin Maazel is another famous conductor who honored
the project a lot of times.
St.Caecilia National Academie is another important
institution who cooperates with with Homage to
Umbria project(in Orvieto Dome Easter concert in
2003, Christmas concert in 2004 and 2005, Siena Dome
in 2005 and in 2006).
2006 Lorin Maazel with Arturo Toscanini Orchestra ,Uto
Ughi, St.Caecila National Academie Chorus, The Rome
Philharminics and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Orchestra conducted by Thomas Netopil consacrated
the first edition of "Assisi in the world" festival
that develops the same aims of the Homage to Umbria
project and continues to live in it.
St.Francis Upper Church in Assisi The Maggio
Musicale Fiorentino Chorus and the Toscanini
Symphonic Orchestra with 4 splendid opera singers
conducted by Lorin Maazel honored the second edition
of "Assisi in the world" festival in 2007 with
Requiem Mass by G.Verdi. Then a lot of concerts of
prodigy musicians in the best churches of Assisi.
third edition of the festival in 2008 started with
the Easter concert(transmitted in eurovision by the
most important national Tv Rai 1) in Orvieto Dome
with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Seiji
Ozawa .The festival finished with a concert of Uto
Ughi and the Rome Philharmonics in The Lyrick
Theatre in Assisi. Between the first and the last
concert a lot of concerts of prodigy musicians and a
young orchestra in Assisi and in the most beautiful
churches of Umbria.
fourth and the fifth editions of the festival
started in 2009 and in 2010 in Orvieto Dome with
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta
and it finished with Uto Ughi and The Rome
Philharmonics in Assisi.Between the first and the
last concert 12 concerts of very young and prodigy
musicians and two young orchestras in Assisi and all
honorary president of the project is Mauro Masi the
actual general director of Rai Tv, its artistic advisor is
Uto Ughi, its sovrintendente is the opera singer
Since 2008 Unicef is the principal sponsorship of
"Assisi in the world festival .