by Angelo Bonaccorso (IHS Area Representative - Italy)
Preparations are underway for the third edition of the Horn Festival of Etna from 18 to 22 August 2018 promoted and organized by the FEBASI (Sicilian Bands Federation), for two years a real family of hornists has come from all parts of Italy and from abroad in a beautiful setting that is that of the Etna landscape between woods and volcanic land.
This year there will be great international guests including Hervè Joulain (first solo horn of the Orchestre Nationale de France), Guglielmo Pellarin (first solo horn of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia), Giovanni Hoffer (3rd horn of the Municipal Theater of Bologna and International Jazz Artist), Angelo Bonaccorso (3rd horn of the Teatro Massimo V.Bellini of Catania), and the conductor Antonino Manuli. Here you can see their video of invitation to the Festival:
A rich program of events kick off with the inaugural concert that will go down in the festival’s history! The legendary jazz hornist Giovanni Hoffer will play a solo concerto accompanied by the well-known HJO Jazz Orchestra from Catania in the marvelous amphitheater in Zafferana Etnea. It will be the first time that one horn player performs as soloist with a jazz big band!
The second day at the Auditorium of Zafferana Etnea will feature a recital of the festival’s guest horn players with music by R.Strauss, J.Brahms, R.Schumann, and L.V.Beethoven.
The third day will give space to the horn players who will participate in the Festival. Several young hornists will perform as soloists with piano accompaniment.
On the fourth day, the final concert will take place at the "La Cantoniera" refuge (Nicolosi Nord) in a marvelous tourist area near the extinct craters of Etna with the participation of all the hornists, directed by Maestro Manuli. In addition to the horn players, a group of Alpine horns from the Canton of Ticino will delight us with their fantastic sound.
During the Festival we will have the exhibition of various brands of horns thanks to our partners: Musical instruments Casalanguida (available free for the Festival participants to carry out repairs) and Miceli Music Store (offering many fantastic services to the participants).
5 days of music, friendship, beautiful places and great food.
So dear friends, hornists of all ages and all levels, what are you waiting for? Join the crowd!