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Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Italy Series at ItalianPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Italian holidays and observances. I’m Becky, and you're listening to Season 1 Lesson 19, Music Day.
Do you like going to live music concerts? If you do, you should visit Italy on June 21. This day coincides with the summer solstice and is celebrated as Music Day, or Giornata della Musica. This festival originated in France in the 80s, and then from there it spread to other European countries.
In this lesson, we’ll see how music is celebrated in Italy.
Now, before we go into more detail, we’ve got a question for you- Do you know what the “Auditorium Parco della Musica” in Rome is?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
Music has always played a major role in Italian culture. For example, Opera was born in Italy. However, on June 21, in addition to celebrating this great tradition, Italians celebrate the lightness and joy of music, and its importance as an element of social cohesion and a distraction from the problems of everyday life.
This music festival is characterized by a host of events featuring a wide variety of artists, which are accessible to everyone free of charge. The aim is to bring people together, no matter their age or culture, and entertain them with the universal language of music.
In Modena, for example, the music festival takes place in many outdoor parts of the city, in the squares, courtyards and on the streets. Over thirty jazz, classical, rock, and ethnic music concerts are organized. Participating artists can be successful professionals or emerging musicians, and those who assist are free to move from one show to another and choose where they’d like to help.
This festival of music is European and originated in France, but its inventor is an American named Joel Cohen, a musician and a scholar of ancient European music.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
Do you know what the “Auditorium Parco della Musica” in Rome is?
It’s an architectural complex, designed by Renzo Piano, intended for holding musical performances. It’s renowned for its futuristic shape and excellent acoustics.
Well listeners, how was this lesson? Did you learn something new?
Is there a festival dedicated to music in your country?
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See you next time!