The “Maestro F. Musmarra” Association under the patronage of the Municipality of Acireale (CT)- Italy-, and the collaboration of the “Bellini” Foundation of Acireale, organizes the first edition of the International Competition for plucked instrument ensembles and orchestras “Premio Francesco Musmarra”. The competition in addition to remembering Maestro Francesco Musmarra, composer of tunes for mandolin and guitar of Acese origin (Acireale CT), has the intent to promote and enhance the ancient instrument. The Competition will take place from May 16th to 19th, 2019 and is dedicated to plucked instrument ensembles and orchestras of all nationalities, and is divided into two categories: Cat. A ensemble: trio, quartet and plectrum quintet; Cat. B Plucked instrument orchestra. The competition, for each category, consists of the performance of one or more pieces of free choice for a total duration between 15 minutes minimum and 20 maximum, plus a mandatory piece by Maestro F. Musmarra. The documentation necessary for participation is available in the download area at the bottom of the page. The jury, whose decision is final and without appeal, will be composed by five musical experts including: Prof. Carlo Aonzo, international mandolin expert; Prof. Stefan Hackl, faculty member of the “Mozarteum” University of Salzburg and Prof. Ugo Orrigo, conductor of “Euterpe” mandolin orchestra of Bolzano and other national experts. Applications must be received by April 30, 2019. For any clarification please contact us
Acireale, as well as being the birthplace of Maestro Francesco Musmarra, is an elegant baroque town of about 52,000.00 inhabitants, located a few kilometers from Catania and at the base of the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. The town stands on a lava relief that directly overlooks the Ionian sea, the Timpa, from which opens a beautiful panorama that reaches the Marine Reserve Protetta called “The riviera dei Ciclopi”. It is well known for its elegant and historical center, where the Cathedral of Acireale stands dedicated to Maria Santissima Annunziata, which is located in the homonymous and scenic place. The beautiful building has a structure that dates back to the fifteenth century but was subsequently resumed after the earthquake of 1693 with baroque remakes. Acireale was colonized by the Greeks and became a Roman center with the name of Akis. It was probably the Byzantines who built the castle of Aci around the 8th century to defend themselves from the Muslim hordes. In the medieval period, the center was the subject of numerous raids by foreign populations, for this reason, several families left Acireale to go to safer areas. The small centers that arose still bear the initial of Aci in their denomination. The earthquake of 1693 also had dramatic events in Acireale, destroying most of the buildings of the time. The reconstruction, however, was very r ich in stately buildings, wide streets in lava stone bases and important monuments. Finally, in 1873, the important spa of Santa Venera was inaugurated.
Acireale is linked to the myth, narrated by Virgil and Ovid, by the shepherd Aci and the Nymph Galatea, according to legend, Aci was killed by the Cyclops Polyphemus, jealous of the love that Galatea felt for Aci, who came to know the tragic death of his love, the nymph threw herself into a harrowing weeping that also pitied the Gods. To alleviate the pain of Galatea, the Gods then turned the blood of Aci into a river (Akis) so that they could rejoin Galatea and Aci within the waterway for eternity. A peculiarity of this town is the organization of the Carnival, which is one of the most famous in Sicily. The celebrations last for over a week, with allegorical floats and flowered, parading together with masked groups in a joyful and goliardic atmosphere . The allegorious wagons made by various local associations, with the use of high quality manufacturing and technology, portray caricatures of historical figures and today, in a sign of mockery, contending the favors of the jury that will award the most beautiful wagon according to the category of membership. Acireale preserves important signs of its noble past that deserve to be known, in addition to its traditions, also in the food and wine and confectionery sectors. The microclimate of the Etna district and its lands of volcanic origin, give rise to cultivations of excellent quality with unique properties, from lemon groves, orange groves, pistachios, vines of particular value etc. Acireale is also known for its high pastries, where desserts based on almond paste are the protagonists, as well as the famous “fruit Martorana”, which combines art with taste.