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The beginnning
The Cultural Association "Monsignor Celestino Eccher" was founded in February 1993 in Smarano as the natural evolution of a Committee previously established to steer the activities connected to the promotion of a pipe organ for the church of the village of Smarano. It was immediately clear that the future organ, assuming proper financing, had to be an high quality instrument, specifically featured for the baroque organ literature. A pure coincidence led to meet an organ maker, Glauco Ghilardi from Lucca (Tuscany),  When funds were provided, both from the people of the village and from the local and regional Communites, the instrument was built and inaugurated in 1992, receiving immediately the interest of the experts which attended the inauguration.
The Academy


The "Accademia di Musica Italiana per organo in Pistoia" proposed this instrument for an intensive academic seminar about Northern German baroque music. The first seminar was held in April 1993 directed by the eminent professor and German organist Harald Vogel. The same seminar was repeated in one year later, still guided by Harald Vogel. Since August 1995 to 1999, the seminar became a much more extended Academy held by a Faculty appointed with the cooperation of Hans Davidsson and the Go-Art from of the Goteborg University. Since 1999 the Academy is led by Edoardo Bellotti, as artistic Director.

The staff

The Association members are all living in Smarano and the surrounding area: they are due to volunteer to support the life and Activity of the Society. The Regional Government is supporting substantially the activity having recognized the Association as one of the distinguished Cultural Entities of the Region. The executive council is made of volunteers which, according to their specific competence and availability, cooperates in various tasks . The Society is supported by a number of high level and musical experts, among these many are have been performing in Smarano. The Artistic Director of the Society is the musician and musicologist M° Edoardo Bellotti.

  • Chairman: Dr. Giacomo Corrà
  • Deputy Chairman: Mrs. Karin Holzheu-Eckardt
  • Artistic Director: M° Edoardo Bellotti
  • Secretary: Mrs. Ina Coser

Associazione Culturale Monsignor Celestino Eccher
Via alla Torre, 8
38010 Smarano (Trento) ITALY
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