Feast of St John Nepomuk

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Statue of St John Nepomuk, on the bridge dedicated to the saint, Via della Madonna, Livorno Statue of St John Nepomuk, on the bridge dedicated to the saint, Via della Madonna, Livorno To mark the Feast of St John of Nepomuk (San Giovanni Nepomuceno) on Saturday 16th May 2015 in Livorno, the Accademia degli Avvalorati association presents a series of musical and cultural events open to the public, beginning with a conference to be held in the Aula Magna of the Galileo Galilei ITI school (Via Galilei 68, Livorno) at 9.30am.

The programme includes the presentation of the book entitled

La Statua di San Giovanni Nepomuceno. Livorno 1739. Retrospettive religiose, storiche e musicali (Ass. Accademia degli Avvalorati, Sillabe Editore)

and the music CD

I Vespri e Messa di San Giovanni Nepomuceno
Johann Christian Bach - Musica Laudantes and Ensemble Musica Rara conducted by Arnold Bosman

and a series of short talks by Angelo de Scisciolo (Florence State Archives), Massimo Sanacore (Livorno State Archives), Stefano Ceccarini (Livorno delle Nazioni), and Massimo Signorini (Accademia degli Avvalorati).

3pm: Bridge of San Giovanni Nepomuceno - guided tour by the Guide Labroniche historical guides association (infolivornotour@gmail.com)

5.20pm: Church of Santa Caterina - Voci di Santa Luce choir conducted by Diego Terreni performing Inno a San Giovanni Nepomuceno in Livorno by Massimo Signorini and Pier Fernando Giorgetti. During the performance there will be an exhibition of drawings by Massimiliano Luschi inspired by the Istoria di San Giovanni.

6pm: Mass in honour of St John Nepomuk

6.45pm: Procession with the Banda Musicale, carrying a historic engraving carried out by the French artist Revières, commissioned in the 18th century in honour of St John Nepomuk in Livorno (discovered by Fabrizio Ottone of Guide Labroniche).

7pm: Bridge of San Giovanni Nepomuceno, Via della Madonna - a wreath will be placed in honour of the saint, followed by the blessing of the statue.

The procession will end at the Chiesa della Madonna (Via della Madonna) where, once again, the Voci di Santa Luce choir conducted by Diego Terreni will perform the Inno a San Giovanni Nepomuceno in Livorno by Massimo Signorini and Pier Fernando Giorgetti. During the performance there will be an exhibition of drawings by Massimiliano Luschi inspired by the Istoria di San Giovanni.

7.30pm: Buffet and music

The statue of St John Nepomuk was erected to honour the visit to Livorno by Maria Theresa of Austria and her husband Francis I in their role as the new Grand Dukes of Tuscany, on 6th March 1739.

St John Nepomuk is considered a protector from floods and drowning and, as in Livorno, his statue is often found on bridges (e.g. Ponte Milvio, Rome). He is also the patron saint of the Czech Republic and the city of Prague, and of the Royal House of Lorraine which governed Tuscany and Livorno from the 18th-19th century.

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