AML’S WINTER CHAMBER MUSIC SEASON
Bach, Brahms and Rachmaninov feature in the first three concerts this month
The Youth Music season, “Musica Ragazzi”, also starts up again.
The Lucchese Music Association begins its chamber season in January with ten Sunday concerts at the Boccherini Institute’s auditorium.
The opening concert on Sunday 11th (5 pm) features a sextet formed by Alberto Bologni (violin), Luigi Mazza (violin), Fabrizio Merlini (viola), Jacopo Di Tonno (cello), Gabriele Ragghianti (double-bass) and Simone Soldati (piano). The program includes works by Bach, Boccherini, Mozart and Rigacci. On Sunday 18th (5 pm) there’s a Brahms recital by two young but established artists, Lorenza Borrani (violin) and Matteo Fossi (piano). On Sunday 25th at 5 pm there’s cellist Silvia Chiesa and pianist Maurizio Baglini. The program includes music by Brahms, Rachmaninov and Cascioli. Ticket costs 12 Euros, reduced 10 Euros (for under 25’s or over 65’s as well as for subscribers of Rete Toscana Classica, Concerti della Normale season, of Amici del Museo and the Promusica Pistoia foundation).
The youth music season starts up again in January. This is where AML arranges a season of concerts for younger listeners. On Monday at 10.30 (Boccherini Institute Auditorium) violinist Lorenza Borrani and pianist Matteo Fossi will meet young people to tell them their “music story” as child prodigies. Free admission.
On Saturday 31st (same time) there will be a meeting between Vivaldi’s “Four seasons” and Piazzolla, with Giampaolo Bandini (guitar) Cesare Chiachiaretta (bandoneon and harmonica), Francesco Cerrati (violin) and Stefano Cerrato (Cello). Tickets are 3 euros. For information please phone +390583 4689960.
Admission is free for under 14s. For information phone +390583/469960. The full program is available at: www.associazionemusicalelucchese.it.
“KILLER QUEEN”, A TRIBUTE CONCERT AT THE GIGLIO THEATRE
The show is sponsored by BML Foundation, Banca del Monte di Lucca and the city of Lucca
“Queen” return to life at the Teatro del Giglio in a big concert, a tribute to the English band, produced by Rock Opera with a musical entitled “Killer Queen” & Martha Rossi, sponsored by the Banca del Monte foundation and the comune of Lucca which will be staged on Tuesday, January 6 at 5 pm. Afterwards, the show will begin an Italian tour, joined by “Jam Sound Tribe”, students of the High school Vocal Training Jam Academy of Lucca conducted by Loredana Lubrano. High musical standards will be guaranteed by the presence of “Killer Queen”, Italy’s official Queen Tribute band since 1995, and the show will feature the greatest hits of the historic English band with Martha Rossi, personally chosen by Brian May as one of the stars of the musical We Will Rock You.
Free admission is subject to seat availability. Giglio theatre’s box office opens at 3 pm on the day. Tel: 0583 465 330.
NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA AT THE TEATRO DEL GIGLIO
With the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra of Lucca conducted by A. Colombini, Three Tenors and Scottish Bagpipes
“Puccini and his Lucca” presents the long-awaited New Year’s Eve concert on December 31st, starting at 10.30 PM with admittance until midnight, at the Teatro Del Giglio. The New Year’s Eve gala will include celebrated opera repertoire performed by the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrea Colombini, with three wonderful tenors from the “Puccini and his Lucca” Festival (also with pianist Diego Fiorini) Angelo Fiore, Simone Frediani and Mattia Nebbiai. The evening’s program will be complemented by the unique presence in Italy of bagpipers and dancers from the Scots Guards. There will also be masterpieces from the Strauss family, as well as many musical surprises. An ample buffet of panettone, pandoro and sparkling wine will be included in the ticket.
Tickets are € 30 (concessions € 25 under 23, members of the “Puccini and his Lucca Festival” and subscribers Teatro Del Giglio), and include unlimited buffet. Info and reservations: +390583465320
PEOPLE’S PUCCINI TRIBUTE AT THE TEATRO DEL GIGLIO
The Santa Felicita choir, with the Teatro Del Giglio, is organizing a concert on Sunday, January 11th at 5 pm at the theatre, called “Omaggio popolare a Puccini”. The program will include arias and other music by Ponchielli, Catalani, Mascagni, Arditi and, of course, Puccini. An early twentieth century work, the “Missa Sancte Francisce” by Ciro Belloni Filippi, a composer from Buti and friend of Puccini, will also be performed. Alongside Segromigno’s “Puccini” Filarmonica, soprano Mirella Di Vita (see photo) will sing opera arias and mezzo-soprano Laura Nicola Masini and bass Nicola Gerbi will sing the hitherto unpublished Mass. A hundred-strong chorus consisting of amateur groups from various towns and neighbouring cities: Santa Felicita of Lucca, Santa Cecilia in Buti, Santa Cecilia in Marlia, Polifonica di Cascina, Schola Cantorum of Fornaci Barga and the Chorale of Carmignano (Prato), will be coordinated by Silvano Pieruccini. The concert will be conducted by Charles Bardi. The event, with one ticket price of € 10, will raise funds for UNICEF, a worldwide organization dealing with aid to children.
“ALFREDO CATALANI” MUSICAL CIRCLE
The “Alfredo Catalani” Circle of Friends of Music is organizing two events dedicated to dance. On Monday 19th at 9.15 pm, in the Catalani hall within the San Luca Palace Hotel, Lucca in via San Paolino, there will be a guide to the ballet Spartacus with music by Khachaturian (see photo). The composition is divided into four acts and nine scenes, with screenplay by playwright Nikolai Volkov, and is based on the 1873 novel by Raffaello Giovagnoli. Free admission. The presenter is Loredana Bruno.
On Sunday, January 25th there’s a trip to Genoa’s Carlo Felice Theatre for a performance of Spartacus, with the corps de ballet of Astana Opera who presents the work in the 1968 choreographic version by Yuri Grigorovich. The Kazakh Company also performs a “Dance Gala”. Information and bookings: call 347 9951581.
FAITH AND THE INFIDELS
“Faith and the infidels” (see photo) is a band led by Federico De Robertis, Luccan composer, arranger, singer and the group’s pianist. The band was formed in 2011 and the various members are all experienced musicians of Lucca and surroundings who collaborated with De Robertis in the creation of soundtracks composed by him: Ale Paolucci, bass, Claudio Fabiani, tenor sax and flute, Elisa Ghilardi vocals, Francesco Carmignani, violin and loop-station, Luca Contini, sound engineering, Luca Giovacchini, guitar, Matteo Sodini and Piero Perelli, drums and percussion.
One of the most recent numbers from the band is “Invisible Boy”, a song from Gabriele Salvatores’ latest film, along with other pieces composed for the soundtrack by Federico De Robertis.
“PARAFANGO” by STEFANO NOTTOLI
New CD from the Lucca singer
The young singer-songwriter Stefano Nottoli Lucchese, after “Ritagli di Tempo”, is releasing his second album “Lo chiamavano parafango”. It’s about a simple post-war man whose dream of participating in the Giro d’Italia is changed by an encounter with a beautiful girl who leads him into love and a series of rather “special” events. It’s a set of songs where Nottoli tells of the importance of having a dream to set things moving and the lovesickness that annihilates friendship, death and memory. For its production, Nottoli employed crowdfunding, using this as a promotional tool to create an interest around the new disc at no cost. After the presentation of the new CD Nottoli will begin a promotional tour to publicize the album trying to follow in the footsteps of … parafango.
Meanwhile, those interested in listening to it live can book Tuesday evening, January 16 at the “Lupo e il Poeta,” restaurant at Nave. (Free you do not have to stay for dinner) by calling +39058359075.
CONCERT FOR EPIPHANY
The traditional epiphany concert by the “Santa Cecilia” chapel will be held on Tuesday, January 6th in Lucca’s St Martin’s Cathedral after the 5 pm sung Vespers. This year’s concert will be held in collaboration with the Federation of Lucca musical associations (FLAM) and is included in the eleventh year of the “Cantiere della Musica”. For Flam, it’s the third “Cattani-Giurlani” commemoration and on this occasion the bronze violin-scroll (by sculptor Franco Pegonzi) will be presented in memory of Maestro Marino Pratali.
Performers in the concert will be the “Santa Cecilia” children’s voices conducted by Sara Matteucci and the “Santa Cecilia” choir, Lucca’s cathedral choir for over fifty years, conducted by Luca Bacci. The program includes Christmas carols and the polyphonic repertoire. Free admission.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS BY THE “BALUARDO” VOCAL ENSEMBLE
“Il Baluardo”, the Lucca vocal ensemble conducted by Elio Antichi, is holding various choral concerts in the first week of the New Year. On Saturday, January 3rd at 3.30 pm in the auditorium of the Casa Pia in Lucca (via S. Chiara) there’s a concert “E’ Natale” with the children of the “Coro del Sole”. The singing of the Epiphany around Lucca’s streets will take place, as every year, on January 5th starting from the Portone de’Borghi at 5 pm. Concluding around 7 pm, the twenty-first “Cesarin ‘der Viviani prize” will be awarded for the year’s best “Befanata”. The winning poem, ”Filastrocca della Befana”, by Ermanno Volterrani from Livorno and set to music for “Il baluardo” by Paolo Razzuoli will be sung. On Tuesday, January 6th at 5 pm the choir will close the holiday season with a concert in the church of San Salvatore di San Lorenzo a Vaccoli. Free admission.
TEATRO DEL GIGLIO’S SPARKLING NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
To start the New Year the Teatro Del Giglio’s concert is unmissable. On Thursday, January 1st, 2015, at 4.30 pm there’s a New Year’s Concert with two trios of voices: tenors Gianni Mongiardino, Tiziano Barontini, Gábor Kovács and sopranos Rossana Cardia, Mirella Di Vita and Alessandra Meozzi.
They will all sing excerpts from the most exciting and joyful operatic repertoire, as befits a concert of New Year’s greetings. In the program are famous arias by Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and Cilea, with the Puccini Ensemble, composed by excellent musicians from Tuscany and the Puccini Festival orchestra, led by Massimo Morelli (pianist and conductor).
Tickets: first sector full 20 euro, reduced 17 €; second sector full 15 euro, reduced 13 €; gallery 10 euro. Bookings and reservations at the Theatre del Giglio, open from Tuesday to Saturday 10.30-1 pm and 4-7 pm, tel. 0583 465320, firstname.lastname@example.org. Online purchases at: http://www.teatrodelgiglio.it.