The 2012 Trasimeno Music Festival was a big success! It is satisfying to see how each year the enthusiasm and numbers grow. We had terrific artists this year: Anne Sofie von Otter (whose song recital was pure magic!); Pekka Kuusisto with his very special way of playing Bach on the violin; the tremendous synergy of the Australian String Quartet and the Quartetto di Cremona together playing the Mendelssohn Octet; conductor Gerard Korsten and the Orchestra della Toscana making a magnificent sound along with pianist Angela Hewitt in two concertos in the Church of San Domenico, Gubbio, and much more. Our audience is the most special in the entire world. They sit in total silence and listen to every note. It is amazing–all the more so that it is outdoors in the castle courtyard. Only the sound of the occasional “grillo” (cricket) or the pigeons cooing in the rafters. They came from all over the world, from South Africa to Australia, Finland to Japan, Atlanta (GA) to Tel Aviv. The three gala dinners were held in very special places this year, the last one at the Villa Schnabl in Monte del Lago on Lake Trasimeno. A spectacular view from the terrace where the aperitivo was held. It is so much work, and the money is always a worry (thanks again to all who made this possible–especially our private donors and Friends of the festival without whom we simply couldn’t go on). But it makes everyone very happy, and for that it’s worth it. See you in 2013 (June 29 to July 5)!