It was the beginning of June, the first serious mosquitoes attacks of the typical hot summer nights. I knew about the concert in the cemetery for some time before because of my roommates, but meanwhile was approaching the date, people in the theater were making some creepy comments due to the location of it.
The concert was managed from Culture Department of The Council of Messina, which took the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Orchestra to carry this show out next to the soprano Chiara Taigi and the orchestra conductor Giuseppe Paratore.
The location was Monumental Cemetery of Messina or commonly knowed as “Gran Camposanto”. Its origin comes when in 1854 a competition is convened to create a funerary complex due to the hard cholera epidemic, which punished in Sicily and above all to Messina. Which it has unfortunately suffered high occupancy in certain fixed times of the history of the city. Due to the devastating natural phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis. and others that could have been avoided like the bombing of the II World War.
The place is full of greenery care and imposing family pantheons space, which make us forget for a second the main use is the place to encourage us to walk the trails and alleyways in search of stunning sculptures and other artistic variations. Entering by the “Porta Maggiore” we can see two ways which they parallely find each other up to “The Tombs of Illustrious Messineses“. The road ends at the left of the Cemetery of the English People, where they lie the graves of politicals, patriotics and militaries. On the right road, we find a los literary and jurist figures, as Tommaso Cannizzaro y Gaetano Martino.The concert took place up the night, but unfortunately several interruptions came up because of the rain, by the fact of electrical sound equipment and the delicate material of the instruments of the orchestra were damaged. Even so, they got the courage to continue and finish in the best way possible the evening, with repeated acknowledgments to the attendees for remain there from the Soprano.