BOCCHERINI BASS FEST 2015
The Boccherini Bass Fest is a festival of concerts, master classes, conferences and seminars dedicated to the double-bass and taking place at the Boccherini musical institute from February to May. The opening concert is on Thursday, February 26th, at 9 pm in the Piazza Suffragio Auditorium, with Gabriele Ragghianti on double-bass and Simone Soldati at the piano. In the program is Eccles’s Sonata in A and pieces by Bottesini. On Saturday February 28, again at 9 pm, double-bass player Alberto Bocini, accompanied on piano by Edoardo Barsotti, will perform Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante, three songs by Alberto Bocini, Fantasy on Lucia di Lammermoor by Bottesini and Paganini’s Fantasia on Rossini’s “Mosè”. The evening will end with the premiere of Fabián Perez Tedesco’s Solo in Due for two double basses, with Alberto Bocini and Gabriele Ragghianti. Free admission; info: http://www.boccherini.it.
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE AND DON GIOVANNI AT THE TEATRO DEL GIGLIO
In February and March, at the Teatro del Giglio there will be performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville (Saturday, February 14th at 8.30 pm and Sunday 15th at 4 pm) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Saturday, February 28th at 8.30 pm and Sunday March 1st at 4 pm). The Barber of Seville’s cast is made up of the best artists who successfully completed the demanding training and selection course run by Project Opera Studio 2014. Director is Alessio Pizzech. Set design by Pier Paolo Bisleri. Nicola Paszkowski will conduct the OGI (Italian Youth Orchestra). Don Giovanni will be set in New York in the eighties. Aldo Sisillo conducts the Orchestra Regionale Emilia-Romagna. The cast is made up of international artistes. Tickets are from 20 to 60 euros for Don Giovanni and from 15 to 35 euros for Barber of Seville. Info: +390583465320; firstname.lastname@example.org. Online purchase is available.
VIVALDI’S AND PIAZZOLLA’S “FOUR SEASONS” IN AML’S CHAMBER MUSIC SEASON
Homage to Luigi Boccherini with two cellos and guitar
In February conferences and concerts in AML’s (Lucchese Music association) chamber music season continues. On Sunday 1st there’s a concert that fuses Vivaldi’s with Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons”. At the Piazza dello Suffragio auditorium are Giampaolo Bandini (guitar), Cesare Chiacchiaretta (accordion and bandoneon), Francesco Cerrato (violin) and Stefano Cerrato (cello). On Sunday 8th (Piazza dello Suffragio auditorium) the trio made up by Monaldo Braconi (piano), Elisa Eleonora Papandrea (violin) and Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet) perform music by Antonio Giulio Priolo, Ives, Bartók and Reiner Kuttemberger. On Saturday 14th, in the Sala assemblee dell’Associazione Industriali, Fabrizio Guidotti will present his book “I capricci di Bernarduccio”, a tribute to Giacomo Puccini with anecdotes, humorous tales and costumes taken from the composer’s diary. Drawings by Carlo Guidotti will also be exhibited. On Sunday 15th there’s a concert with cellists Enrico Bronzi and Giovanni Gnocchi and guitarist Lorenzo Micheli who play Boccherini, Paganini and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The programme finishes on Sunday, February 22nd with a piano recital by Sandro Ivo Bartoli who presents a wide and varied program ranging from Bach to Albeniz, Chopin, Franck and Liszt. Tickets are 12 € (reduced 10 €). Under 14s are free. The concerts all begin at 5 pm. The full program is available on http://www.associazionemusicalelucchese.it. Info +390583469960
A JOURNEY IN THE WORLD OF JAZZ WITH MICHELA LOMBARDI
“Musica Ragazzi”, the concert season dedicated to children and sponsored by the Associazione Musicale Lucchese, starts on Saturday 14th (10:30 am, Boccherini Musical institute auditorium) with a “Birthday Party for Luigi Boccherini ” (born in Lucca in February 1743) with cellists Enrico Bronzi and Giovanni Gnocchi and guitarist Lorenzo Micheli. They will perform well-known pieces by Boccherini. Free admission. On Friday, 20th (10.30 “Boccherini” auditorium) there’s a conference-concert with jazz singer Michela Lombardi (see photo) who will guide young audiences in the language of jazz. Tickets are € 3. Info: +390583/469960
After the success of the “Luporini – Floridia – Puccini three musicians between tradition and fashions” concert last September, as part of “Questions of …..Styles”, the Brunier Laboratory has a repeat of the event on Sunday, February 8th at 9 pm at Livorno’s “Galliano Masini” lyrical circle, starring sopranos Roberta Ceccotti and Maria Bruno accompanied by Loredana Bruno on piano. The evening’s program will also include music by Mascagni. Free admission
TRIP TO GENOA FOR “LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR”
Booking opens on February 1st for the trip in March, organized by Camigliano’s “G. Puccini” choir, to Genoa’s Carlo Felice theatre for a performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. There’s a first rate cast with Desiree Rancatore (Lucia, see photo), Stefano Costello (Edgardo) and Stefano Antonucci (Henry). Giampaolo Bisanti conducts and the direction is by Dario Argento in a new production. For information and reservations call +393404937826
PUCCINI AND HIS LUCCA
CONCERTS EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT THE ORATORIO SAN GIUSEPPE
The “Puccini and his Lucca” international festival continues, offering two weekly concerts at 7 pm in the Oratorio San Giuseppe in Lucca’s Cathedral Museum (piazza Antelminelli, by the cathedral), a heated auditorium which is the event’s winter venue. Every Friday, “Puccini Opera Recital”, concerts with arias and duets from Puccini masterpieces; every Saturday, “A Night at the Opera”, recital dedicated to Puccini opera arias and other famous composers like Mascagni, Donizetti, Mozart, Bizet, Massenet, Wagner, Bellini, Verdi and Rossini. Each night two soloists perform “Puccini and his Lucca” accompanied on the piano by Diego Fiorini, the festival’s principal pianist. The “Puccini and his Lucca” International festival will celebrate eleven years of activities on 6th March. It’s organized with the support of the City of Lucca, Lucca Province and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, as well as businesses in the city and province. Tickets are on sale from 6 pm to 7.15 pm on concert dates at the Festival box office at the Oratorio San Giuseppe Full price € 20 (concessions € 16 for residents of the province of Lucca, students under 23 and groups). Discounts for tickets purchased in advance by calling 340 8106042 or online at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Behind the name “Mozait” is one of the most interesting bands in Lucca. It’s made up by Piero Perelli (drums), Marco Bachi (bass and double bass), Paolo Sodini (guitar) and Filippo Guerrieri (keyboard). The project began in 2013 but has come to fruition in recent times with the arrival of the band’s singer, guitarist and songwriter Neco Novellas, Mozambican and resident in the Netherlands, who joined the band to record CDs and perform live dates. Neco gives his name to the rhythms and sounds of Mozambique (MOZ) which meet the melodic style of Italian musicians (IT). In January Mozait presented their latest project, Pure Water, with an opening night at the Blitz Live Music Pub of Pisa. The search for different fusions of styles is evident in this latest project which also has beautiful arrangements and a unique sound created by the mixture of different influences that make up this band.
CONCERTS AT VILLA BERTELLI
“Sunday in concert”, presented by the Fondazione Bertelli in Forte dei Marmi and the Francigena International Arts Festival of Altopascio, continues in February with four events held on Sunday mornings at 12 am. Ample space will be given to the violin and piano repertoire with two concerts on the 8th and 22nd The first, by the Michelangelo Lentini and Michela Spizzichino duo, is dedicated to the virtuoso repertoire of Saint Saens, Wieniawski, Paganini and Sarasate, while the second will explore intimate pieces by Debussy, Messiaen and Brahms, played by Tommaso Vannucci and Gioia Giusti.
German pianist Martin Münch performs sonatas by Scriabin and Mozart on February 1st, while operatic transcriptions for flute and piano will be played by the Francesco Gatti and Simone Rugani duo on 15th February. All concerts are free admission and take place in the “Ugo Ferrario” room at the Villa Bertelli (Viale Mazzini n. 200, Forte dei Marmi). Information: http://www.villabertelli.it or http://www.francigenafestival.it
“ALFREDO CATALANI” FRIENDS OF MUSIC CIRCLE
In February activities dedicated to opera and promoted by the “A. Catalani “Circle of Friends of Lucca and Porcari continue. On Monday, February 9th at 9.15 pm., there will be a listening guide to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and on Monday 23rd, again at 9.15 pm, there will be a talk on Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Both events will be held with the participation of soprano Silvia Tocchini at the Catalani Hall in the San Luca Palace Hotel (Via S. Paolino). Free admission, Reservations recommended at 347 9951581.