It is an ancient quarter of the historic center of Naples, nestled between the second and fourth municipalities of the city, between Pendino and San Lorenzo, between Corso Umberto and Spaccanapoli, close to via Duomo: that is, the street of a conspicuous museum district which it includes eight cultural realities of great prestige and historical resonance (Filangieri Museum, San Severo al Pendino, Pio Monte della Misericordia, San Gennaro Treasure Museum, Girolamini complex and library, Historical Archive of the Banco di Napoli, Diocesan Museum, Madre). A border area, yet central: it is no coincidence that it is characterized by the characteristic “Y” crossroads that recalls the appearance of a fork, which gave it its name.
But on Forcella, a small populous and popular district, despite its past as a site where noble families lived (from Orsini to the Caraccioloup to the queen Joan II), the stigma of a negative image continues to weigh. Conveyed by the crime news. The desire to “change the music”, after the murder of the teenager in 2004 Annalisa Duringan innocent martyr of the Camorra who has become a symbol of redemption starting from culture – even with the Library named after her, a crossroads of initiatives – has however taken root in recent years to the point of generating a virtuous chain of good practices, many of which pertain to the Municipal Agreement for reading.
And it is with this spirit that a series of concerts promoted from an idea by Don starts tonight Gennaro MatinofromDiscantus Association in synergy with theArchdiocese of NaplesThose. with the Department of Tourism of the Municipality headed by Teresa Armato: is titled “Forcella in music!” and will propose, in the monumental church of San Giorgio Maggiore (via Duomo 237) entrusted to the father Carmel Raco and gateway to the neighborhood, five appointments (all with free admission) aimed at welcoming 2023 with music that for Pope francesco unites and elevates. It starts tonight, Saturday 21 January, at 20:30 with the inaugural concert “Welcome new year!”, proposed by the Discantus Orchestra, with soprano Martina Sannino and the tenor Stefano Sorrentineor, directed by M° Louis Grima – who also signs the review -, to interpret timeless songs, in a captivating and extremely varied mix, which will feature the most famous Neapolitan author songs, some of the most famous opera arias and more: from the one that it is considered the first true Neapolitan song of the modern era, “Te voglio bene assaje”, to the poignant notes of “Era de maggio” on a text by the poet Salvatore Di Giacomo, and from a brilliant song by Toast, “Marechiaro”, through “Reginella”, “Munasterio ‘e Santa Chiara” to a sparkling Donizetti’s “Me voglio fa na casa”, up to the lyricism of Puccini and Verdi with some of their most famous opera arias such as “La donna è mobile” and “Lucean the stars”..
The review will continue on Saturday 11 February (7.30 pm, like all subsequent appointments) with “Music from the world” interpreted by Colbran duo, formed by Dawn Brundo on harp and soprano Julia Lepore; March 18 will be the turn of Raphael Converse in concert, with Frank Ponzo on guitar. On April 1, however, “Crux Fidelis” is on the calendar with the vocal choir directed by Luigi Grima; to follow, on May 6, “Jazz vagabond” with Valentina Ranalli voice and Carlo Lomanto on guitar. For the artistic director of the festival, the musician Louis Grim, “Fork in music!” is a proposal that relaunches a thought of Platofor which “music satisfies desires and aspirations as an art that unites rational thought with emotion”.CopyAMP code
The councilor Teresa Armato echoes him, who says “happy with this initiative which creates aggregation and goes to rediscover an ever-living past, in full harmony with the cultural and social aims of the municipal administration and with the objectives of the tourism councilorship, aimed at deseasonalizing with events spread over different periods of the tourist flows, enhancing sites of historical interest that would otherwise be neglected”. A first step, also, to enrich the revival of Forcella with new artistic contributions as a constant safeguard of culture and sociality.