From the 13 to the 23 June, the youth Orchestra of the Albanian National Music Center participated in the 2010 edition of the International Youth Festival, organized by the Casa Montagna Valnure of Ferriere, province of Piacenza. In their concerts, the twenty-six boys warmly welcomed by the Italian public interpreted masterpieces of international and Albanian classical music. Here is Darina's report on their last performance at Fiorenzuola d'Arda.
The frescoes in the Cathedral of San Fiorenzo, in piazza Fratelli Cairoli and G.
Molinari in Fiorenzuola d'Arda, they seemed to rest gently on the walls of the church waiting to admire something unknown. Double bass lying on the floor, cellos resting on the seats, violins ready to be tuned. Everything is ready. The faithful set off one by one in silence, looking for a place closer to the orchestra. They are the 21 or a little more than the Monday 21 June when the show starts "Grieg Nigun's" morning ", it is this lyric that opens the lectern and the dances of the frescoes that now more than resting seem to move harmoniously to the rhythm of the violin . Dutiful silence is upon us. The latest onlookers and music lovers are seated. There are no eyes closed even though it is customary to say that music is tasted and understood in the dark. There are, however, ears captured and glasses taken out of the race because what the believing spectators listened to needed to be described. Twenty-six boys, very young, from thirteen to nineteen, capable of perfectly interpreting the magical arias of the greats of opera. They are the students of the Albanian National Music Center. Invited to participate in the intercultural evenings of the International Youth Festival, organized by the Casa Montagna Valnure di Ferriere, directed by Carlo Devoti, who from the 1984 is committed to bringing different cultures to Italy. Carlo Devoti, the organizer of the Festival, talks about the determination of Scanderbeg, the Albanian Association of Parma, who, through the voice of Durim Lika, has incessantly asked for the presence of this magnificent String Orchestra led by the President of the National Center and professor of music at the classical high school in Tirana, Bujar Alliu.Vivaldi, with his "Four Seasons" directed by Maestro Bujar Alliu, with the Egida Zeneli shoulder violin, captured everyone's heart, season after season. A slender, seventeen-year-old girl, with a shy behavior, who turned into a lioness of music, playing one of the fathers of the opera between the strings of her violin. The faithful spectators got stuck in their seats against desire. They wanted to applaud indefinitely in standing ovation. The notes of Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla with his "Libertango" seemed more like a game between the fingers of these young people than a majestic execution, but, Egida Zeneli, shoulder violin; Silvester Shoshi, Sara Burgia, Kristi Simo, Paola Bregu, Anjeza Teli, Fiorela Asqeriu, first violins; Bora Koka, Lorela Miha, Marsiona Bardhi, Xhudi Dodaj, Sindi Loci, Goddess Sulejmani, second violins; and again Mersa Alliu, added violon; Bevisa Qosja, Rebeka Neziri, Amanda Kadriu, Ejona Gjoni, viola; close to Klejvis Tusha, Ilirian Elmazi, Klaudio Jaupi, Rei Punavia, Alvi Salibasha, Edlira Gjoni, cello; and finally Erblin Novaku, double-bass, they were there just to demonstrate their skill in interpreting lightly the great names of the world classic. Nothing scares them, they are excellent to the point of not stopping and being influenced by the applause that viewers, even the profane like me, took at the end of each season. The program of this orchestra is very different from the usual one. There is space for the great at world level and that for the undisputed Albanian Paganini, Pjetër Gaci. His Perpeto Mobile "Concerto for string orchestra" fascinates the audience who wonders if they are notes of Mozart or Chopin, as Maria Angela, an official of the Municipality of Fiorenzuola, confesses, who did not want to miss this meeting. "After that I heard - continues Maria Angela - a rhythm of Polska and I thought that they were playing some Russian author, instead it was not Polska but notes so fascinating and harmonious that everyone started to applaud to the rhythm of the violin strings". The Polska non Polska of which M. spoke Angela was the Albanian town music of Scutari, Korça and even arbereshe, majestically transformed into lyric by Pjetër Gaci, work to which she owes her nickname. The orchestra leader Altin Buli, as well as an academic, guest of honor at the intercultural festival of the International Youth Festival by the Albanian National Music Center, has made possible a warm, rhythmic and communicative interpretation of Gaci, much appreciated by the public "Our intent - explains Bujar Alliu - is to show everyone that we are capable of playing and interpreting the greats of classical opera and above all to make the world know about the abilities of Albanian artists. Therefore we have chosen a program that offers the opportunity to the listener to meet up close with Vivaldi's notes and to know the immense Albanian lyric culture "." The choice - continues Altin Buli - of a presentation program obviously different from the usual was thoughtful and reflective. Everyone loves Vivaldi, Chopin, Mozart and it would have been easy for us to have made the choice to play only them. Instead we wanted to offer part of our culture to the Italian public. We wanted to play the one who in Albania is considered our Paganini, Pjetër Gaci, who took the most beautiful and simple motifs of the Albanian city music, turning them into magnificent classical airs that have nothing to envy from the most famous ones. The interpretation given by these talented musicians of our lyric music written by the great Pjetër Gaci, was exceptional and always better even where there was already perfection ". "I can say it and a great voice - confirms the conductor Bujar Alliu - of having brought with me the best youth group existing today in Albania and the warmth and appreciation of the people gives me further confirmation. When my old friend and colleague in many Albert organizations - referring to the director and choreographer Bekja, a member of the Executive Council of the Scanderbeg Association - he asked me to participate in the International Youth Festival I was frightened and a little wary. What transpires from Albania outside its borders is often not Albania. I was afraid to stay together with my young people in solitude in front of an empty audience but instead, in these ten days (13 - 23 June) we performed in Piacenza and surroundings in the midst of a significant welcome. Seeing the eyes and expressions of Italian spectators today, lovers of sweet opera and classical music that speak of excellence fills us with pride. We are delighted - continues master Bujar Alliu - to be able to shake the hand of Durim Lika, who is more and more moved to thank us after every evening we held on our little tour. "
Durim Lika, did not miss a day. Always in the front row and among the first to take the applause. Thanks to his tenacity and that of his wife Elvira Lika, they made possible the participation of one of the youngest and most talented orchestra leaders in Albania, Altin Buli, an academic and leader of the Albanian national orchestra.
Elvira Lika's desire to see the mission of Scanderbeg best represented, an association that she saw grow within the walls of her home, that of integrating and spreading Albanian culture, deeply touched her childhood friend, maestro Buli, who did not hesitate to get in touch with Professor Alliu to carry out this great event. "Elvira's determination - says Master Buli - had no equal. It was impossible not to commit to it until we participated. When Professor Alliu gave me the invitation to participate as a guest of honor, I didn't hesitate for a moment. I would have been there and been there. Directing the young Albanian talents of the Albanian National Orchestra Center was an honor and it will be every time I can do it. "
expressed by the leaders and the people have made these young musicians unreachable. A perfection that scares perfection itself as humans understand it. Twenty-six small women and men who, to hear them play, make you imagine their life only in front of the lectern. "But it is not so - tells us Carlo Devoti, organizer of the festival - they are just young lucky boys who already know their dream to follow and they do nothing to compromise it. The young Albanian musicians these days have found ways to be together and be tourists. Their rigorously polite behavior has surprised us too. We rarely forgot to have guests. And it is also for this other excellence that we have extended the invitation to participate with us at the EXPO 2015, a response of which we will soon have to reach. Initially - Devoti continues - I was very wary of Scanderbeg's suggestion to call this group. But once listening to and understanding the intentions of the master Bujar Alliu, those of spreading the culture of Albania, allowing the world to know not only the great ability of the Albanians to play the magical international lyric world but above all to know the talents of the Eagle who have been on the sidelines for a long time, I realized that it was the best choice I could make ”.
We wanted to reach the hearts of Italians, enchanting them with the Albanian culture and it happened. We wanted to offer the opportunity to know her better and so it was. You wanted to unite and feel the same and the music made it possible. The audience standing to applaud and the ever-present bow repeated several times with a single smile of the whole orchestra have concluded this fruitful experience for both parties in the best possible way. Another Scanderbeg success that will surely be repeated on November 28 next on the occasion of the Albanian Independence Day in Parma, with the already announced presence of the string orchestra of the Albanian National Center heard and admired in the beautiful Cathedral of Fiorenzuola.
Once again it is Scanderbeg who is most excited. Albert Bekja no longer feels his hands so loud his hand in hand beatings in support of the orchestra. Durim Lika, with his inseparable camera, begins to tremble and smile as a sign of pride and thanks to his friend Buli. He is the last night of his stay. The show was beautiful because it required a lot of effort, as much as the previous ones in the province, so, all off to eat under the invitation of the generous Durim.
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