A Very Rich Menu
GIUSEPPE PENNISI attends two first performances
at the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi
Sixteen years ago, the small town of Jesi (40,000 inhabitants) decided to celebrate Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Gaspare Spontini (born in the nearby much smaller town of Maiolati) with an annual festival. Jesi has an significant cultural tradition with a good size opera house and a smaller theatre, an important museum and several historical buildings. Moreover, Friedrich II Hohenstaufen (who became King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor) was born in Jesi on 26 December 1194, when his mother, the Empress Costanza from Altavilla was travelling from Northern Italy to Sicily). Friedrich II Hohenstaufen is known as a protector of arts and artists...
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