Of Cribs and Choirs

I realise it’s over three months to go before Christmas but the news I heard yesterday, from a friend that had picked it up from the bar in Equi Terme, is really great: the living crib in that town in the Lunigiana is returning this year after two years’ absence (because of earthquake damage to Equi terme in 2013).

We’d always taken part in this spectacular event since we landed in this part of the world and were beginning to really miss participating in it. Here are some photos from 2007, the first year we participated in the event:

I’ll be back in Equi Terme before that since on October 3rd our choir is going to sing in this delightful thermal town’s patron saint festa of St. Francis in the parish church of Saint Francis. We’ve hired a coach to take our thirty-strong choir for the event.

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Last night at Ghivizzano church we were busy rehearsing for the concert.

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Here’s the programme of what we’ll be singing:

Concerto Equi Terme, 3 ottobre, ore 20.30

1) Sollevate o porte – Frisina
2) Celebra il Signore – Frisina
3) O Salutaris hostia – Perosi
4) Pane di vita nuova – Frisina
5) Ascolta creatore pietoso – Frisina
6) Gloria – Haydn
7) Cantate Domino – Hassler
8) Sanctus – Zardini
9) Stabat Mater – Kodály
10) Tollite hostias – Saint-Saens
11) Trisaghion – Frisina

It’s good to know that so much of Italy can pick herself up and dust herself down even in the face of calamity. I’m sure the Equi terme festival will be a great success and mark another stage on the way to a complete revitalization of the town and its surrounding area.

In the meanwhile, tonight at Bagni di Lucca the butterfly flies again. Yes, the show at the Teatro Accademico celebrating the life of Stefano Girolami, a promising theatrical artist from Bagni, returns.

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If you’re in the area do come along for an event which is always entertaining and serves a very good cause indeed as all the freewill offering from the audience will go to supporting medical research into the disease which cruelly stopped Stefano Girolami. from fulfilling himself.

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(For last year’s Volo della Farfalla event see my post at

https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/the-butterfly-flies-again/

and for the same event in 2013 see

https://longoio.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/a-butterflys-flight/

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2 thoughts on “Of Cribs and Choirs

  1. It is absolutely fantastic news as long as everyone is totally safe superb news mind you personally I was resigned to this idea of not participating in this great event our contribution to life in Italy and it is my firm belief having seen other Living Cribs or Presepe Vivente that the Equi Terme is one of the most endearing with something of interest for everyone in terms of the Mestieri Customs Museum food drink animals that are included a nice walk meandering around these small pockets of activities I nearly forgot to mention the beautiful Church the picturesque Grotto in the mountains with the donkey cow horses to warm up the baby Jesus (usually the last born of the village one or more on a rota system). It is indeed a very long evening for us Figurinai to keep still posted in one single area and it does get rather cold icy cold my secret is to wear thermals nothing like a nice warm thermal to stave off any hint of hypothermia socks vests and pants if needed alternatively a nice warm coco! Despite these minor discomforts it will be great to once more be part of this community minded spirit and to help in their endeavours of once more restoring this most imaginative event!

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