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typology: music
Area: Versilia
District/Locality: Stazzema (LU) - Italy

On August 12, 1944, the small village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, in the province Lucca, was the scene of one of the most heinous massacres committed by the Nazi-fascists in Italy during the occupation. 560 unarmed people were massacred by the murderous rage of the SS and also the organ of the church of the village was destroyed.
Only on July 29, 2007, more than sixty years later, the music returned again in the little church, thanks to a new organ, exquisitely crafted, built and donated by a couple of two German musicians, Maren and Horst Westermann from Essen.
The Organ of Peace is an instrument of great value and excellent workmanship made by craftsman Glauco Ghilardi from Lucca, following the tradition of the great Baroque organ builder from northern Germany, Arp Schnitger (1648-1710). For its non-aggressive tunes and its warm and enchanting sound the organ is suitable for the execution of an interesting repertoire. It is situated in the little church of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, in the National Park of Peace, which offers to visitors the opportunity of visiting the Historical Museum and the paths of the Park surrounded by the hamlets of Sant'Anna.
Since 2007, an Organ Festival is held every summer, hosting important Italian and German musicians. Thanks to the universal language of music, the organ of Peace wants to help to preserve the memory of a painful past of Nazism and Fascism in Europe, starting from the memory of the Sant'Anna massacre. 
Sunday July 16
h 17:00 - Opening ceremony in occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Organ of peace, the German console in Milan Jutta Wolke will be present.
h 18:00 - Daniele Boccaccio (Lucca), Organ professor at the Conservatory of Alessandria, organ.
Sunday July 23
h 18:00 - Victor Contreras, President of the Accademia Organistas de México (Mexico City), organ.
Sunday July 30
h 16:00 - Conference of prof. Nino Campagna (Pescia).
h 18:00 - Duo "Ad libitum" (Pinerolo, Turin) with Elena Saccomandi, viola - Walter Gatti, organ.
Sunday, August 6
h 18:00 - Enrico Viccardi (Lodi), Organ Professor at the Conservatory of Como, organ.
Sunday, August 13
h 18:00 - Tomasz Adam Nowak (Germany), Professor at the Conservatory of Detmold.
Sunday August 20
h 18:00 - Francesco Di Lernia (Foggia), Organ Professor and Director of the Conservatory of Foggia.
Sunday, August 27
h 18:00 - Elisabeth Zawadke (Munich, Germany), Organ Professor at the Conservatory of Lucerne (Switzerland).
Stazzema - loc. Sant'Anna di Stazzema
2017, July 16 / August 27
Concerts start at 18:00
Free admission


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