THREE CONCERTS BY THE LUCCA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
On Sunday 14th (Chiesa dei Servi), the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by its founder Andrea Colombini, starts its season with the “Four tenors” concert and the main soloists of the “Puccini and his Lucca Festival”: Nicola Simone Mugnaini, Mattia Nebbiai, Riccardo Buoncristiani and Simone Frediani, in a program of Italian and non-Italian opera arias
On Sunday 21st (Church of San Francesco) a “Vienna to Lucca” concert with a rich selection of the most beautiful melodies from the Strauss family and soprano Sonia Bellugi (see photo). Saturday 27th (Chiesa dei Servi) Great Opera Gala for Santa Croce dedicated to Giacomo Puccini with a selection of arias and duets and orchestral pieces from the Italian operatic repertoire with many international soloists and the “G. Verdi” choir of Prato. All concerts start at 9.15 pm. For the concerts on 14th and 27th: free admission for all residents of Lucca and its province. € 20 for the remainder of the public. For further information and to reserve seats for the concerts on 14th and 27th: free infoline +39340 8106042. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
ACTIVITIES AT THE CATALANI MUSIC CIRCLE
The “Catalani” music circle has these events in September. Saturday 6th at 9 pm, at the St. Paolino bastion, “Happy Walls” vocal and instrumental concert with singer Kamelia Kader and Gianfranco Montresor, pianist Laura Pasqualetti and reciter Daniele Bubboli. Sunday 14th, 5.30 pm, at San Micheletto auditorium, “In Sogno” during which the sixteenth “Luciana Pardini” silver plaque will be presented to the young tenor Jota Max, who will sing, accompanied on the piano by Laura Pasqualetti. Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, trip to the Verona arena for the show, “Opera on Ice”. Finally, on Sunday 28th, at 5.30 pm, in the picturesque garden of Villa Orlando in Torre Del Lago Puccini, the club organizes its second event, the “opera in sixty minutes” project, with a selection of “Madama Butterfly” in semi-staged form. Participating singers: Raffaella Angeletti, Max Jota, Carmelo Corrado Caruso, Giorgia Leopardi. Piano: Laura Pasqualetti; Violin: Giacomo Ravanelli. Narrator and presenter: Daniele Rubboli. Free admission. Info and reservations: +39 347 9951581.
LO “SCOMPIGLIO” AT TEATRO DEL GIGLIO WITH THE ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA
Friday, 26th at 9 pm the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by Valerio Galli perform a symphony concert at the Teatro Del Giglio organized by the “Dello Scompiglio” association. The program is special and includes “Sciliar” by Giorgio Battistelli, a song inspired by the large mountain extending between Bolzano and Trento, Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp K299 and his clarinet Concerto K622. Performers are mainly from the ORT with Fabio Fabbrizzi flute, clarinettist Marco Ortolani and harpist Cinzia Conte. Info and reservations: Teatro Del Giglio (0583 465320); Associazione Dello Scompiglio (0583 971 475).
LUCCA IN VOCE ENROLMENT OPENS
Enrolment is now open for the LUCCAinVOCE conference, now in its eighth year, to be held November 28th to 30th. It will be attended by numerous doctors, speech therapists, and expert phoniatricians of international renown. The conference is open to all those working with the voice, opera singers, pop, jazz, actors, impersonators, etc… During the conference there will also be a concert by “Kaleidoscope of voices” on November 28 in the San Girolamo auditorium.
For information and enrolment: + 390498601818- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation Fees: Surgeon € 250; Speech therapist and singer € 200; Trainees and students € 120.
GIULIA BUCCARELLA PLAYS THE “BEWITCHING” VIOLIN
Sunday, September 7, at 21, the “Angelo Custodi” concerts at the Oratory of the Guardian Angels conclude with a concert titled “The bewitching violin.” The soloist will be Giulia Buccarella Giulia, an artist of great musical talent, accompanied on piano by Giuseppe Campagnola. They perform Schumann’s second violin sonata, Brahms’s Scherzo, Edvard Grieg’s Op 45 and Paganini’s “The Witches” in a virtuoso programme. The ticket price is 12 euros, reduced to 10 euros for those over 65 and € 5 euros for students. For information email: email@example.com
CELLO ENSEMBLE IN TEREGLIO
Sunday 7th (5.30 pm, Church of S Maria Assunta in Tereglio in the municipality of Coreglia Antelminelli) there will be a concert by an ensemble of cellos as the final event of a specialized course called “CelloClassics” held in the first week of September in the charming and picturesque village of Tereglio (see photos from last year). It involves two of the most famous cellists and teachers, Raphael Wallfisch and Sebastian Comberti, and eight course participants from Europe, USA and Japan. During the six days of intense work the talented students have also had the opportunity to develop the Alexander technique with Selma Gocken. The evening’s program includes the performance of a wide repertoire ranging from works for solo cello to an ensemble of eleven cellos. Free admission.
FORIDIA, LUPORINI AND PUCCINI: A COMPARISON
The Laboratory Brunier association presents “A Matter of Style …” show with the title “Luporini – Floridia – Puccini three musicians between irrelevance and fashion”. It is a stimulating comparison between Gaetano Gustavo Luporini, Pietro Floridia and Giacomo Puccini, who were contemporaries and appreciated by the music publisher, Casa Ricordi. Friday, 19th at 6 pm (Academy Hall no. 1- Palazzo Ducale) conference by the conductor Silvano Frontalini, musicologist Renzo Cresti, and composer Gaetano Giani Luporini (nephew of Gaetano Gustavo Luporini). At the end of the conference aperitifs and refreshments will be offered by the Laboratory Brunier. Saturday 20th (9 pm) a lyric concert in San Romano auditorium, with soprano Maria Bruno and Roberta Ceccotti. The pianist is Loredana Bruno. The programme includes music by the composers mentioned above. Admission is by donation.
STABAT MATER BY TRASATTI AT THE BARBANTINI SISTERS
On the occasion of the “Settembre Lucchese”, the Schola Cantorum Ave Maria di Viareggio perform the “Stabat Mater” by Marco Trasatti (see photo), with the help of visuals by Piero Anichini, at the Church of SS. Trinità at the Barbantini Nursing Home. The piece will be performed on September 15th at 9 pm as part of the celebrations for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Free admission
XXXVI CAMIGLIANESE CHORAL FESTIVAL
Saturday 27th, in the parish church of Camigliano (9.15 pm), the thirty-sixth Festival sponsored by the “Giacomo Puccini ‘” choir from Camigliano will be held.
The evening will open with the “Puccini” choir conducted by Luigi Della Maggiora. Guests of this musical event will be the ”accanto al sasso” choir from Sasso Marconi (see photo) conducted by Silvia Vacchi. Closing the evening is the “Brianza” choir from Misson in the province of Lecco. This is a male group of forty singers conducted by Fabio Triulzi who will offer a varied program of traditional folk songs. Free admission.
CONCERT FOR SAN MICHELE
The Polifonica Lucchese choir perform the “Concert for San Michele”, on Saturday 20th at 5.30 pm in the church of S. Michele in Foro. Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 2, “Lobgesang”, for soloists, chorus and orchestra will be played. Performers are: Nam Hye Won (soprano), Paola Massoni (soprano), Marco Mustaro (tenor), the Polifonica Lucchese, “Stereo Tipi” vocal group and “L. Boccherini” chamber orchestra, all conducted by Egisto Matteucci. The event is included in the annual season of the Associazione Musicale Lucchese and forms part of the “settembre Lucchese” festival. Tickets, costing € 10, on sale in the Church of San Michele before the concert.
MUSIC AT THE PALAZZO PFANNER
The musical season “Suoni di Lucca” features five concerts this year in Palazzo Pfanner in via degli Asili in Lucca. “The viola, a musical journey through Italy and Europe” is the title of the concert which will be held on Saturday, September 6th featuring Demetrio Comuzzi on viola and Anna Maria Curti Giardina on piano; program will include music by Schumann, Schubert, Glinka and Longo. “Brahms and Schumann kindred spirits of German Romanticism” will be the title of the evening of Thursday 11th with the soloists of the Boccherini Chamber Orchestra: Luca Celoni (violin), Demetrio Comuzzi (viola), Paul Ognissanti (cello), and Anna Maria Curti Giardina (piano). The festival will continue on Sunday 21st, with the F. Bridge Trio, consisting of Roberto Mazzola (violin), Giulio Glavina (cello), Mariangela Marcone (piano); Friday 26th Ida Maria Turri, the mezzo soprano, and pianist Stefano Romans hold an evening entitled “If music be the food of love.” The concerts will start at 9.15 pm with entrance fee of € 5. At the end of every show to the guests will be offered a tasting of the typical Lucca liquor “La Biadina di Tista.” Info: http://www.orchestraluigiboccherini.it
CONCERT FOR THE 25 YEARS OF “IL BALUARDO” GROUP,
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Lucchese Vocal Group “Il Baluardo”, conducted by Elio Antichi, on Saturday 27th, starting at 3 pm, there will be musicians in the streets of old Lucca with the Mongioje choir from Imperia conducted by Ezio Vergoli, the Versilia choir conducted by Lino Viviani and the “Voci del Serchio “choir conducted by Ugo Menconi and Cristiana Guidi. From Via Fillungo, through S. Frediano, Amphitheatre, San Michele, Citadel and Napoleone squares there will be choral performances, ending in the Sala Tobino at the Palazzo Ducale at 6 pm with a concert of the four choral groups. Free admission.
MUSIC OF THE HOLY CROSS 2014
Like every year, the music services for the liturgy of the Feast of the Holy Cross will be sung by the Santa Cecilia Chapel of Lucca Cathedral. Saturday 13th (6 pm) the first Vespers will be held, during which the choir will sing Lucca Hymns, psalms and antiphons by Emilio Maggini, Lorenzo Perosi’s “Magnificat” and the traditional hymn “In te la nostra Gloria”. At the end of the traditional “Luminara”, which will enter the Cathedral of S. Martino at approximately 10 pm, Emilio Maggini’s “Acclami il Signore tutta la terra!” for 4 voices chorus, choir, 4 trumpets, timpani and organ will be performed. For the occasion, the choir of the Chapel of Santa Cecilia, the children’s choir of Lucca Cathedral, conducted by Sara Matteucci, the Choir of San Donato conducted by Marco Tomei will join together. Sunday 14th, the Feast of the Holy Cross, the Chapel of Santa Cecilia will sing at the Mass at 10:30 am and will conclude the day with the singing of the Second Vespers. La Santa Cecilia Chapel will be conducted by Luca Bacci with Giulia Biagetti at the organ.
A MONTH OF GREAT MUSIC WITH BOCCHERINI GOLD OPEN
In September, the “Boccherini” musical institute will hold a series of master classes with its concerts. They start on Saturday 6th (9.15 pm) at the Palazzo Pfanner with Demetrio Comuzzi (viola) and Anna Maria Curti Giardina (piano). Sunday 7th (auditorium Del Suffragio at 9.15 pm) recital by Paul Taballione (flute) and Chiara Mariani (piano). Monday 8th performances by flute student at 6 pm and Wednesday 10th, concert by Trio Maffei (Claudio, Massimo and Stefano Maffei). Thursday, 11th, another concert at the Palazzo Pfanner with Luca Celoni, Demetrio Comuzzi, Paolo Ognissanti and Anna Maria Curti Giardina. 12th (9.15 pm, Chiesa di San Francesco) concert cellist Raphael Wallfisch with the “Boccherini” Orchestra conducted by GianPaolo Mazzoli and the Laboratory of choral training conducted by Sara Matteucci. The last three events (auditorium del Suffragio, 9.15 pm) are for Monday 15th, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday, October 1st with the students of the viola master class held by Demetrio Comuzzi with pianists Ilio and Caterina Barontini and students from the piano master class held by Pietro De Maria. Free admission, except for the concerts on 6th and 11th September (Palazzo Pfanner), where tickets cost five euro. Info: http://www.boccherini.it