On 18 April, Rob and I were invited by friends to hear their daughter play at the "G.B. Pergolesi" Conservatorium of Music at Fermo. A graduate of the Conservatorium, Giuditta was accompanying one of the sopranos at the Poetry & Music recital held in the Auditorium. The works of some of Italy's "modern" poets such as Gabriele D'Annunzio, Giacomo Leopardi, Antonio Rubino and Francesco Petrarca have been put to music. The idea of the recital, one of many during the academic year 2011-2012, was to give some of the singing students the opportunity to perform.
Although not a great fan of classical music, it was wonderful to see the passion these young people have for their music. The venue was spectacular too - a converted monastery, named after Giovanni Battista Draghi born in Jesi, Le Marche in 1710. The name "Pergolesi" was originally the nickname given to his grandfather, an artisan from the town of Pergola. Over time, the nickname was used to denote his family.