The Festival shares the grief that goes through the whole world of culture and music due to the death of George Prêtre, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. All people remember Prêtre for his smile, his enthusiasm, the limitless passion he communicated to all musicians he met in the orchestras he conducted. In the past Prêtre was often guest of the Festival billboard. A professional partnership which was made even more precious by the esteem and friendship with M° Agostino Orizio. The passing of George Prêtre is a great loss, nobody will ever forget him.