The first edition of the Umbrian Music Festival took place between Perugia and Assisi in 1937. Together with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, founded in 1933, it is the oldest music festival in Italy. The choice of the name “Sagra” signaled from the beginning its vocation – still unchanged – to promote the performance of sacred music and compositions with a strong spiritual value.
Over the years, Perugia has been the seat of the most significant concerts but there is no center of Umbria that has not hosted the Sagra concerts.
In 2003 the Umbrian Music Festival merged, together with the Friends of Music Association , in Perugia Classical Music Foundation chaired by Anna Calabro.
In 2012 the Award named after Francesco Siciliani was born, a biennial competition for a choral composition of sacred music, promoted together with the Pontifical Council for Culture led by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.
Since its foundation, the Festival has hosted the most important musicians of the international limelight: orchestras, choirs, soloists and chamber groups called to range between multiple musical genres.
The next 2021 edition, signed by the artistic director Enrico Bronzi, will have light as its theme!