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is an Italian town of 5,196 inhabitants in the province of Verbania. The first historical source that mentions the existence of Stresa is a parchment of 998, in which the place is called "Strixia", a term probably derived Lombard cha means "strip of land." In this town, in 1935, it established a military and political agreement between Italy, France and Great Britain, said the Stresa Front. From 3 to 6 June 2004 the city hosted the fifty-second meeting of the Bilderberg Group.

The territory of Stresa is divided into four parts, is partly coastal and partly insular, partly hilly and partly mountainous. The coastal area includes the old town of Stresa, and the fraction of Carciano, the insular part includes three of the four Borromean Islands (Mother, Bella, Fisherman), the hilly part includes a series of fractions in the domain of the lake (Levo, Binda, Campino, Passera, Someraro, Vedasco, Brisino and Magognino) and the mountain includes the popular ski resort of Mottarone, alpine meadows below the eastern slope of the mountain and the Alpinia Botanical Garden. Stresa is connected to the ski resort and a cable car through the botanical garden is divided into two parts, the first route leads from Stresa to the Alpinia Garden, while the second section rooms, the Alpinia Garden, the Mottarone. On this peak, which reaches 1491 m above sea level, there are also some ski resorts.

The International Study Centre Rosminiani
Since 1966, Stresa hosts the International Center for Studies Rosmini, located inside the Palace Bolongaro. The center, built especially by Frederick Sciacca, offers visitors a cultural heritage, historical and art related to the person of Antonio Rosmini. The center, recognized by Decree of the President of the Republic of 31 January 1968, promotes various cultural initiatives and meetings organized. Provides courses known as "Symposia Rosminiani" and scholarships.
Director of the Centre is the father Umberto Muratore, IC, Rosminian scholar and author of several works
Stresa Festival and Lake Maggiore

The Stresa Festival, were born in 1961 on the initiative of Italo Trentinaglia de Daventry, a noble Venetian lawyer, moved to concentrate in music not personal interests but because they always lived in contact with music: his father was in fact Erard music organizer, director General of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, superintendent of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and composer. Trentinaglia The family owned a villa in Stresa, where he often agreed musicians and songwriters, including Arturo Toscanini, Umberto Giordano and Gianandrea Gavazzeni, all attracted by the natural beauty of Lake Maggiore.

During a stay in this villa, in the autumn of 1961, Italo Trentinaglia conceived the idea of ​​creating an annual event that could do in Stresa home to one of those international festival of classical music made famous some of the most beautiful European locations.

On 27 August 1962 the Stresa Festival was inaugurated by a concert by the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, conducted by Nino Sanzogno; in the following editions attended the event some of the most important musicians.

The survey of young winners of the competition presented in the story of Music Week, which are now famous concert artists such as Michele Campanella, Garrick Ohlsson, Christoph Eschenbach, Murray Perrahia, Jeffrey Swann to the latest Andrea Lucchesini, Maurizio Zanini and Nikolai Znaider.

After his debut at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Stresa, Isola Bella in the Tapestry Hall and the Lodge of Cashmere in the gardens of Isola Madre, the Festival has also gradually expanded its horizons by bringing his new concerts in historic venues, allowing to combine music with art and scenarios that the area offers.

Since 1999 the Festival has changed its name to "Stresa Festival and Lake Maggiore" of the sites involved the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso Leggiuno, in the province of Varese, where each year for the prologue of the Festival , performs the Suite for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. New concert halls are also the Auditorium "The Factory" Villadossola, the Visconti Castle of Vogogna, the Rocca Borromeo of Angera, Villa Ponti in Arona, Villa San Remigio and the Church of Madonna di Campagna in Verbania, the Old Church of Belgirate the Basilica of San Giulio Orta. From 1999 to 2001 in the Festival also returned the provost church of SS. James and Philip Laveno with its prestigious organ Eugene Biroldi.

The Stresa Festival are part of the European Association of Festivals


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