Sacred music week

Exhibition of sacred, liturgical and spiritual music from 24th of november to the 4th of December

Exhibition of sacred, liturgical and spiritual music
24th of Nov. to the 4th of Dec.

In its 54th edition, the Sacred Music Week in Monreale is not only the oldest but also one of the most important and qualified European musical festivals of this kind, both for its programme and its artists.

The Festival has been organised by the Sicilian Regional Department of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment and committed to the artistic conduction of Master Giuseppe Cataldo. It will take place from the 24th of november to the 4th of december in Monreale, the lovely small Arabic-Norman town overlooking Palermo. Thanks to the usual and traditional co-operation of Monreale Archdiocesis and its Archbishop, Monsignor Salvatore Di Cristina, the concerts will be held in the enchanting atmosphere of Monreale Cathedral, which is also famous all over the world for its perfect acoustics, and in other four beautiful churches of the XVIIth century: the Church of the Collegiata, the Church of the S.S. Trinità, the Church Maria S.S. degli Agonizzanti and the Church of San Castrense.

The Festival will host a variety of acclaimed composers and performers, offering a wide selection of pieces, ranging from the Baroque, through the Classical and Romantic periods, up to the contemporary style. The inaugurating concert of the 24th of November, for example, will associate a work of such an utmost importance as Haydn’s wonderful Oratorio La Creazione with excellent contemporary performers, such as The Leipziger Symphonieorchester, the Philarmonic Chor Wien, and an excellent Native Vocal Cast, conducted by Reinhard Seehafer.

The artists’ selection wants to establish an ideal connection with the original lively spirit characterizing the last 70 years of sacred music history, since the first F.E. Raccuglia’s ‘39 edition, that is: the concept of sacred music in its widest sense.

The programme of the festival includes orchestra and choir concerts, organ recitals as well as solo exhibitions by the most appreciated specialists of the sacred music repertoire. A really evocative blend of traditional and contemporary sacred music will be performed by world-renowned orchestras, such as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Russian Male Voices Choir “The Orthodox Singers” and Cheryl Porter & Halleluiah Gospel Singers.

Announcement and promotion of the event will be given a great importance thanks to the website as well as Facebook and Twitter, constantly updating the appointments.

Admission to the concerts will generally be free but subject to availability; whereas for the nightly concerts, tickets with numbered seats must be collected at the box office, opened every day from 18:30.

To promote cultural tourism, an agreement with Federalberghi and Palermhotels has been settled to offer people special fares, simply typing a digital code, provided by the website, at the moment of booking. Finally, a special shuttle bus service will drive people from their hotels directly to the concerts and then back to their hotels.

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Sicilian Art

Seen in Villagrazia di Carini, Sicily: trash can and lamp post adapted to the background.

Sicilian art
Sicilian Art

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Das Wetter in der Region Palermo

In der Region Palermo scheint vielfach die Sonne, nur wenige Wolken trüben beim Wetter die Stimmung. Niederschlag wird nicht auftreten. Die Temperaturen erreichen in der Region Palermo Werte um 21 Grad. Es weht ein teilweise böig auffrischender Wind aus südlicher Richtung

Di, 22.11. Mi, 23.11. Do, 24.11.
Tiefst‐Temperatur 18°C 16°C 15°C
Höchst‐Temperatur 22°C 21°C 20°C
Vormittag unterschiedlich bewölkt. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 10% unterschiedlich bewölkt, vereinzelt Schauer. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 60% meist sonnig. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 10%
Nachmittag meist sonnig. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 10% unterschiedlich bewölkt, Schauer. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 60% meist sonnig. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 10%
Abend leicht bewölkt. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 10% unterschiedlich bewölkt. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 20% leicht bewölkt. 
Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit: 10%
Sonnenstunden 7 5 7
10% 60% 10%
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Terra chiama Terra

 Sicilian.Net WordPress App Terra chiama Terra
Sei andato via dalla tua terra, ma un pezzo del tuo cuore è rimasto sempre qui;
Vuoi ritrovare qualche parente ?
Vuoi scrivere a degli amici ?
Vuoi trovare una casetta per le vacanze ?
Attraverso questa rubrica ti offro la possibilità di lasciare messaggi, domandare notizie di qualcuno, parlare dall’estero verso la Sicilia e viceversa, noi siamo in Sicilia e sappiamo che per noi Siciliani la terra è la nostra anima, anche se ci fa soffrire !!


Tower of the Spalmatore - Ustica
Ancient watch tower

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Want to write to some friend ?
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This Bulletin Board offers you the possibility to leave a message, to find out about someone, to talk from outside to Sicily or from Sicily to the world. We are in Sicily and we know that for us Sicilians our land is our soul, even if it makes us suffer !!


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La Trinacria of Sicily

La Trinacria, Symbol of SicilyThe flag of Sicily was first adopted in 1282, after the successful Sicilian Vespers revolt against Charles I of Sicily. It is characterized by the presence of the triskelion (trinacria) in its middle, the (winged) head of Medusa and three wheat ears. The three bent legs allegedly represent the three points of the triangular shape of the island of Sicily itself. The present design became the official public flag of the Autonomous Region of Sicily on 4 January 2000, after the passing of an apposite law.

The flag is bisected diagonally into regions colored red and yellow, red representing the municipality of Palermo, yellow representing Corleone, which in medieval times was an agricultural city of renown. Palermo and Corleone were the first two cities to found a confederation against the Angevin rule.

The triskelion (or trisceli) is widely considered the actual symbol of Sicily. The symbol is also known as the trinacria, which is also an ancient name of Sicily.

The head in the center is the Medusa, whose hair was turned into snakes by the outraged goddess Athene. In their wisdom, the Sicilian parliament replaced the Medusa head with one that is less threatening to the innocent onlooker who, after all, should not be anticipating being turned to stone.

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Religious Celebrations

Religious CelebrationsIt is impossible to talk about all the celebrations: well known or unknown, characterized by century-long suggestions, religious solemnity or cultural previews, events that take place in Sicily throughout the year.

In springtime Sicily turns into a procession theatre, revealing the real meaning of Easter as moment of truth for the Pagan and Christian religions. Among these celebrations we must remind the Misteri of Trapani, but also the one of Marsala (Trapani) as well as the one of San Cataldo (Caltanisetta). The latter takes place on Ash Wednesday with the mystery of the Christ’s process and continues till the Maundy Thursday with the procession in which the Virgin Mary finds her son dead. On Holy Friday the Virgin Mary meets her senseless Son with the accompaniment of drums  and laments and afterwards the Scinnenza takes place (when Jesus’ body lays in the coffin). The Resurrection Sunday represents the triumph of Life over Death and it’s characterized by the presence of ten giants made of papier mache’ (I Sanpauluna)  personifying the apostles who escort Our Lady after she met her Son. The Maundy Thursday in Caltanissetta is full of atmosphere. The Vare, which is a cluster of papier mache’ statues showing the Passion of Christ, created almost in the end of the 19th century and were made by a well-known family of artisans. Not to miss the Easter show in Pietraperzia (Enna) called “Lu Signuri di li Fasci” where in the narrow streets a crowd holds an impressive pole up, wrapped in kilometres of white cloth. Besides these Easter celebrations in Sicily there are other festivities, like the celebration of St. Agata, the patron of Catania, taking place every year, in the baroque city, at the beginning of February and it ends with the procession of Candlemas. St Lucia Celebration takes place in  Syracuse on December 13th, the day in which she had her eyes torn out. In her honour, a silver statue over 2 meters tall is supported along the procession from the Cathedral of Ortigia to the basilica “Santa Lucia al Sepolcro”. San Calogero (Agrigento) is celebrated the first week of July. Noteworthy is also the tammurinata (Drum concert) of San Calo’. Other celebrations take place in the mountain area of Nebrodi, such as the one Of St Giuseppe (Capizzi, ME) and the one dedicated to the Patron St Giacomo in July.

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Between Culture and Folklore

Even Sicilian carnival has to be considered as an interesting event, thank to artisans that put all their experience and efforts in order to realize allegorical carts. The most famous are the Carnival of Acireale (Catania), Sciacca (Agrigento) and Termini Imerese (Palermo) that thanks to the beauty of their carts and the participation of people can be compared to the popular carnivals of Viareggio and Putignano. The Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento starts every year in February, and it’s a great feast that comprises parades, music and dances that made it an international folk event. The Danza del Taratatà in Casteltermini (Agrigento) is probably less known but it’s a great event too, with Arab influences in terms of rhythms, costumes and scenery. In the heart of the Madonie like Geraci Siculo (Palermo) or Giostra di Ventimiglia, in August we can attend medieval commemorations in which medieval costumes are worn, whereas in Caltagirone on July the 24th,  the splendid stairs of the baroque church of Santa Maria del Monte are illuminated and create such a great atmosphere. On the same day you can also experience and the so-called Infiorata (Flower carpet) along its narrow street, the same event takes place in Noto. A cultural event linked to Luigi Pirandello is held in its native town, Agrigento, the name of this event is Studi Pirallendiani. An important rendezvous connected to the world of cinema is held in Taormina, but also in Lipari for the ceremony of the award Efesto D’oro, this event takes place in June. In conclusion, as a symbol of the integration in the Mediterranean, we can refer ourselves to the San Vito lo Capo (Trapani) Cous Cous Festival, where chefs coming from all over the Mediterranean compete to chose the best cous cous of the year.

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