Amazing S.Cecilia Youth Orchestra at the Valvisciolo Abbey a stones throw from the magical gardens of Ninfa in the shadow of the Caetani Castle in Sermoneta.
And what a joy to see all these young people intent on expressing themselves through art , as the Bishop of Valvisciolo said in his thanks to the young musicians .
After all the horrors that a regularly transmitted into our hallowed homes we now see all these young people just intent on making music together and sharing it with others.
How true that music can arrive where words are not enough ……
A little shy boy,Giorgio Abbadessa,trying not to be noticed but then in a trance when he struck up the first notes of Beethoven’s Romance in F for violin and orchestra.
Cheered to the rafters by his 100 or so friends ” in crime” he was to be seen in the second violin section for the rest of the concert.
A real lesson of humility and innocence obviously imparted by Simone Genuini their musical ” daddy” for the past ten years ,since Bruno Cagli insisted that the most prestigeous and oldest musical institution in Italy- S.Cecilia – Pappanos realm- should start training and forging real youthful enthusiasm from the earliest age .
Now regularly directed by Pappano,Accardo,Biondi .
Hats off again to the Pontine Festival for recognising and encouraging such wonders and to allow the almost abandoned Valvisciolo Abbey to resound ,centuries later, to such magnificence.
Giving us once again hope and courage for the future.
An example set by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said with their West Divan Orchestra a response to ignorance ,poverty and lack of communication ……..
Education,art and history are the stories that we elders should impart to our youths not hatred,violence and racialism.
If only one could convince the mass media to take note the Daily News might not be so hard to digest .