26-30 August 2010

Ensemble Vocale “Cantica Nova”

Milazzo, Italy

Francesco Saverio Messina - conductor

Competition Concert

Title Composer Lyrics
Matona Mia Cara Orlando Di Lasso  
Se Per Havervi, Oime Morten Lauridsen  
Denes Nad Makedonija Todor Skalovski Vlado Maleski
To The Mothers In Brazil Lars Jansson  

Folk Concert

Title Composer Lyrics
Rosa Got Married Sicilian Traditional  
Tongue Twister Sicilian Traditional  
And You Are Still Sleeping Sicilian Traditional  
Come Back To Sorrento Neapolitan Traditional  

Pop Concert

Title Composer Lyrics
The Water Flea Angelo Branduardi  
Lullabye Billy Joel  
Don’t Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin  

The vocal ensemble “Cantica Nova” was founded in Milazzo in 1989 by Francesco Saverio Messina. The Ensemble’s repertoire of choral polyphonic music is almost exclusively sung “a cappella”. From the start, their concert activity concentrated on the study of Renaissance music and the search for the vocal qualities that most represent this style. Thereafter, they developed a wide repertoire including contemporary, international folk and pop music. They took choral singing courses with Werner Pfaff and Gary Graden. In 2004 they recorded their first CD, “Vento di Emozioni”.

Their last three participations in choral competitions were:

  • 2004 - Ninth edition of the Caccamo National Music Competition (Italy) for Young Musicians: 1st Place
  • 2006 - Malgrat de Mar Choral Festival (Spain): 2nd Place (no 1st Place prize awarded)
  • 2008 - International Choral Festival “Libercanto” in Lodi (Italy): 1st Prize

Francesco Saverio Messina has a degree in Sociology. He studied choral music with the masters: Mino Bordignon, Werner Pfaff, Gary Graden, André Thomas and Alberto Turco (Gregorian chant).

Milazzo is a peninsula that extends into the Mediterranean Sea north of Sicily towards the Aeolian archipelago. The city was inhabited by various civilizations and fortified by Greek, Roman and Byzantine. The heart of the city is the Castle that was built by the Arabs and the Normans.

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