Music in Lucca
Art has always been considered part of Tuscan tradition but instead of concentrating on sculpture or paintings it’s music instead that has always held a lead role in Lucca’s history. Being the birth town of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini was only one, even if probably the most important, event that took place in this city, that has always been considered as a city of music.
Music flows through the veins of the people of this beautiful city and this is surely a consequence that this city was once part of an independent state that considered musical events an important part of both social and political life.
Bringing up this tradition is a task that has been carried on, since 1964, by the Musical Association of Lucca, which has been organizing since then many representations and concerts to promote both classical music and the modern high talented students that came out of the conservatory of Lucca, with the help of some worldwide known artists.
Lucca has been the home town of the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini and in the house where he was born has been created an historical museum dedicated to the author of some of the most famous operas such as Tosca or Madama Butterfly.
In honor of the Maestro, every year in Torre del Lago, in the "Gran Teatro all'Aperto", is held a festival called Festival Puccini where, in the suggestive setting of this beautiful city, many famous operas are performed every day.
Even if there is a fever about discovering about its musical past, Lucca wants to promote modern music as well and, to do this, twice a year it holds a Festival where famous singers and bands are invited to perform in front of the public. Summer Festival and Winter Festival are particularly important for this city and what it represents, and not only for the income generated by the tourists coming to assist to a musical show so full of celebrities and musical gods, but instead for the importance held in stimulating the youth about the central position of music in their life and in the history of this city.
There are many other smaller events during the whole year and it’s nearly impossible not to find a classical concert or an opera performance held somewhere in the city, but to be sure of not losing a particular one, you should ask your guide for information or hints.
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