The competition

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.
Competition regulations
Registration form
Category  A
Category B

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