Pesaro is certainly entitled to be called ‘la città della musica’ (‘the city of music’). The composer Gioachino Rossini was born here (his birthplace in Via Rossini is a little ‘jewel’ you should not miss if visiting the Marche region). Besides, Pesaro has an important Music Conservatory inside a beautiful 18th century building, Palazzo Oliveri (hosting the ‘Tempietto Rossiniano’ with memorabilia and autographs by Rossini), and the Rossini Opera Festival (celebrating its 39th edition this year).
However, my favourite ‘music place’ in Pesaro is the workshop of the violin maker Daniele Canu (whom I have already written about), and his adjoining Music Educational Museum inaugurated in February (the ‘Museo Didattico Musicale L’Arco Sonoro). As far as I know it’s a unique situation in Italy.
The aim of the museum is that of creating a space where visitors have the opportunity to learn about the string instruments that made music history. The so-called ‘added-value’ of the museum is that Daniele, who works in the nearby workshop, takes personally the visitors on a guided tour, explaining them the process of violin-making, from the kind of wood to the varnish used.
The museum also organizes seminars on the history of the various instruments with the collaboration of scholars and researchers.
During the guided tour organized for schools there will always be a musician playing on their arrival, and each student will be able to try an instrument and get to visit Daniele’s workshop.
Daniele Canu is going to organize a ‘Music Festival’ in the heart of Pesaro (on Saturday, June 1st) where different music groups playing different kinds of music will perform in via Sabbatini (the street where his workshop is located in Pesaro) and in the nearby streets. Starting from 4.00 pm people passing by will be ‘offered’ free open-air concerts (a cello soloist will perform, together with a young pop music band and many other groups).
Where Lemons Blossom will be there taking pictures of the event and, around 6.00 pm, I will be playing my violin together with the ‘orchestra da camera sabbatini’ right in front of the String Instruments Museum.
Feel like joining us?
A couple of days before the event I’ll write more detailed info about the Music Festival. I just wanted to let you know in advance, so that you may ‘save the date’ on your agenda!