Four days of meetings and franciscan music. Assisi Pax Mundi started this afternoon at 5 p.m. in the Sala della Conciliazione of the Municipal Palace in Assisi. In this occasion, citizen authorities and the representatives of the Franciscan families welcomed all attendants. More than 350 singers and musicians arrived to Saint Francis city to give life to the International Festival of Sacred Franciscan Music. Many music lovers are going to make these days of music, meeting and pray real.

During the welcome meeting father Giuseppe Magrino remembered the richness of the program and the participation of many choirs coming from different part of Italy. “Assisi Pax Mundi continues growing bringing chorists coming from every part of Italy every year here in Assisi – father Magrino says – among the news of this 2017 edition, there is the presence of the Manos Blancas Choir that sees many disabled young people express themselves through the art”.

Also Stefania Proietti, major of Assisi, gave her welcome: “Assisi Pax Mundi is a prophetic project, an event that continues growing up every year for its quality and quantity of people that come to Assisi to live the city and to bring their art here. I offer my sincere thanks to your work”.

Father Antonio Tofanelli said: “We are here to listen to one other. Our dream is not only to listen our music but to become friends during these four days”.

The real protagonist of this afternoon had been Master Alberto Batisti who, with competence and passion, gave to all attendants a speech dedicated to Gioacchino Rossini.

The festival is starting this evening at 9 p.m. in the Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica with the organist Luca Scandali (Pesaro) and “I Cantori di Assisi” Choir (Assisi).

After the opening, the day of Friday the 20th of October will be rich of concerts. It is going to start at 4.30 p.m. in the Saint Rufino Cathedral with the “Canto Nuovo” Ensemble (Rome) and the “Emozioni InCanto” Vocal Ensemble (Padova). The appointment with the Saint Paul Polyphonic Choir and the “Tonara” Female Polyphonic Choir is at 9 p.m. in the Saint Francis Lower Basilica.

All events are free and supported by the “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia”.