The concert program presents pieces that compose a sort of concise historical excursus on the authors and works that have made Italy and the world great, from a musical point of view in the broadest sense of the term, and from the point of view of band music.
The first part of the concert opens with a march composed by Alessandro Vessella, a central figure in the Italian band rebirth - and even more musical tout court - from the end of the 19th century to the 30s of the last century. The concert proceeds with a splendid transcription of the famous Verdi symphony from I Vespri Siciliani to continue with another piece, for 2 solo clarinets, by one of the most prolific nineteenth-century authors of band music: Amilcare Ponchielli - known to most almost exclusively as the author of La Gioconda opera. The first part concludes with a more modern piece but with late romantic reminiscences by Carlo Alberto Pizzini, entitled Al Piemonte, originally composed for symphony orchestra but performed more in the various band versions than in the first-born role for many years now.
The second part is primarily a tribute to Percy Grainger on the 137th anniversary of his birth. He was a very prolific pianist and composer, a pioneer and fervent admirer of bands, to which he dedicated many works and several masterpieces, among which it is unanimously recognized there is Lincolnshire Posy. Framed by the two Grainger songs, we have the first suite by Gustav Holst, another cornerstone in band repertoire and one of the most performed works by wind orchestras around the world.