Friday the 27th (9.15 PM Oratorio degli angeli custodi) Cluster, the contemporary music association, begins its spring concert season. It’s a composers’ showcase with twenty four members who participate in concerts both in Italy and abroad. For example, the opening concert on Friday 27th features the Utopia Ensemble from Genoa who perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of time (see photo) and the Quartet for violin, cello, clarinet and piano, L’arte della scorrevolezza, by Cluster member Manfredo Giampietro (first performance). Free admission.




FLAM music workshop presents on Friday 6th at 9 pm (S. Micheletto), a chamber music concert of works by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, with the women’s voices of Livorno’s Pietro Mascagni choir, sopranos Elena Fioretti (see photo) and Francesca Scarfi and baritone Paolo Morelli. Piano Giorgio Maroni, choir director. The concert will be repeated on Sunday, March 15th at 5 PM in Altopascio’s Sala Granai. Free admission.




The “Sunday Concerts” season continues at Villa Ugo Ferrario Bertelli (Forte dei Marmi) with always packed audiences. There are five concerts this month beginning at 12 am. The Trio Miro (C. Alberto and Claudio Valenti, Carlo Benvenuti) on Sunday 1st perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio. Sunday 8th Michela Lombardi sings jazz, accompanied on piano by Piero Alice. Sunday 15th recital by guitarist Giampaolo Bandini, while on Sunday 22nd Paolo Carlini (bassoon, see photo) and Fabrizio Datteri (piano) will perform “bassoon magic” . The series closes in March with the Firenze piano duo (Sara Bartolucci and Rodolfo Alessandrini). We should also mention the concert-talks on Saturday afternoons at 5.30 PM: 14th jazz with Nadine Rush and pianist Vincenzo Genovese; 21st with pianist Giovanni Passalia; 28th with the “Bolling Suite” for Flute and Jazz Trio (Walter Menichini, Oscar Casiero, Matteo Cammisa, Francesco Lorenzetti). Info: 0584787251




On Sunday , March 15th at 4pm the Schola Cantorum Ave Maria di Viareggio will perform, in the Cathedral of St. Martino, Marco Trasatti’s Stabat Mater with Pietro Castellari piano and Leonardo Tarabella. flute. The performance will use narrators and projections depicting the Via Crucis by viareggino artist Franco Anichini. The artists create a show that combines music and visual art inspired by the Way of the Cross as a symbol of an universal experience of pain, death, faith and finally hope. Stabat Mater will be repeated on March 28th, at 4 pm, in Florence’s church of Santa Trinita.


Zeno Marchi attended Borgo a Mozzano “Salotti” music school studying classical piano, and guitar. He founded “Astronomics “, a group performing in concerts, clubs and other venues in Europe in countries twinned with the School. After several courses in piano and guitar, in 2013, together with Giuseppe Venturi (bass) and Filippo Galli (drums), the band created “JoZenFeel” with performances in Barga Jazz, Sardinia and Siena. Currently the band is working on a live recording at “Barga Jazz Club” where he plays regularly taking part also in jam sessions. This month he performs on March 13 at the “Amami Alfredo” bar (Via Barsanti and Matteucci, 178) and on 20th March at Castelnuovo’s Grind House. Info:




Lucca’s “Dance Meeting”, the great festival of dance, with shows, festivals and competitions is on from March 10th to 15th. The Teatro del Giglio will be the venue for shows, exhibitions and competitions, but dance will also be featured in the squares (see photos of last year), streets and shops of the city in partnership with the young musicians of the Istituto Musicale Boccherini and the dancers of Codarts Rotterdam. It also includes the “Dansa al Museo”, touring show for children in primary schools at Palazzo Mansi and “Talent on the Move”, with fifteen Dutch dancers at the Teatro del Giglio on Friday, March 13th. Representatives from important international institutions of dance from London, Paris, Rotterdam, Stuttgart and Munich will be present.




“Diari della fine” is the name of a band made up of Filippo Suffredini, bass; Iacopo Cortopassi, keyboards; Alessandro Fratoni, drums; Nicolo’ Ossino, guitar and vocals. Active from 2013 they have already won TubeContest2013 and in March 2014 issued their first video, “Datore malato”. At the end of that year they released their first EP: “L’educazione provinciale”. Their music is very direct, and has an independent, alternative style, with a good use of synthesizers and keyboards. The lyrics, by Nicolo’ Ossino, singer and guitarist of the band, are all in Italian.




The season opens on Wednesday 4th at 5 PM with a special event dedicated to “The great protagonists of song writing” with the famous singer Roberto Vecchioni. Winner of several awards, the Italian pop music singer-songwriter, author, poet, teacher and actor will also present his latest novel “Il. Mercante della luce”, (Torino Einaudi, 2014).

The “Boccherini International Bass Fest” continues on Monday 2nd at 4 PM with a talk on  violin-making with bow-maker Walter Barbiero. The second meeting (March 30, 4pm) is with double-bassist and luthier Cristiano Scipioni from Mantua. Tuesday 31st (9 PM) concert “bassist inside” with the Polianilich Quartet, double-bass students from the “Boccherini” and teachers Gabriele Ragghianti and Ubaldo Fioravanti. The program will range from music by Bottesini, Mozart, Verdi and Mascagni to Reinhardt, Zappa, Riley and others. All events, free admission, will be held in the Auditorium of the Institute in the Piazza del Suffragio. Info:




After the first of Saturday, February 28 (8.30 pm) Mozart’s Don Giovanni will be staged again on Sunday, March 1st at 4 pm at the Teatro del Giglio, directed by Rosetta Cucchi with conductor Aldo Sisillo. The cast will be formed by Alessandro Luongo (Don Giovanni), Constantino Finucci (The Commander), Yolanda Auyanet (Donna Anna) Francesco Marsiglia (February 28) / Blagoj Nacoski (March 1) (Don Ottavio), Raffaella Lupinacci (Donna Elvira), Roberto De Candia (Leporello), Felipe Oliveira Correia (February 28) / Fumitoshi Myamoto (March 1) (Masetto), Ayse Sener (Zerlina); Orchestra Regionale Emilia Romagna.

The tickets, from 20 to 60 euro, can be purchased at the ticket office of the Teatro del Giglio from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 to 7 pm; tel. +390583 465320




The new association promoting musical “Animation” presents “Il 700 musicale a Lucca – concert series”, which aims at performing past masters from Lucca. March 14th (at 9 pm Church of St. Peter Somaldi), in collaboration with the Lucca section of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the “Bruno Pizzi” choir conducted by Silvano Pieruccini (see photo), will perform the St John Passion by Francesco Corteccia. Admission is by donation and the proceeds will be used to support the charitable works the Order of Malta in the territory of Lucca.

Sunday 29th, (at 9 pm, St. Peter’s Church Somaldi, there’s a “Concerto for double choir,” with music by Palestrina and Puccini senior, with the participation of the “D. Savio” and “Ensemble of Lucca” choirs accompanied by the “nuove assonanze” orchestra conducted by Paolo Rossi and Silvano Pieruccini. The event is sponsored by the City of Lucca, with the Puccini Foundation, the Centre for Studies and Boccherini Foundation Carilucca.




Until July at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio at Vorno there will be concerts, screenings and meetings with journalists, writers, directors, musicians, on the theme of Italian creativity. “Made in Italy, 3×1” is the title of the series promoted by Dello Scompiglio, under the artistic direction of Antonio Caggiano.

The first event is on March 28 at 7.30 PM in the Church of St. Cristoforo in Lucca. The Ensemble Odhecaton (Alessandro Carmignani, Matteo Pigato, Andrea Arrivabene, Gianluigi Ghiringhelli, countertenor; Gianluca Ferrarini, Vincenzo Di Donato, tenors; Marcello Vargetto, Giovanni Dagnino, bass; Manuel Tomadin, organ; Paolo Da Col, conductor (see photo) present “Polifonie notturne”, a concert devoted entirely to Italian polyphonic music. The program includes Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, Arvo Pärt and Alessandro Scarlatti, with a performance of the unpublished Missa defunctorum for 4 voices and continuo. The concert will be preceded at 7 PM by a meeting with Luca Della Libera. Tickets Adults: € 12, reduced € 7; complete information on:




Continuing cultural activities with free admission promoted by the “Catalani” club on  Monday, March 23 at 9.15 pm, at the San Luca Palace Hotel (via San Paolino), the soprano Silvia Tocchini presents a listening guide to Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”. There will be a selection of music from the opera in the usual Easter concert on Saturday 28th at 9 PM in Porcari’s “Vincenzo Massa Carrara” auditorium. The work is presented in semi-staged form with the sole exception of the choral parts. The cast: Alessandro Moccia (Turiddu), Maria Francesca Sassu (Lucia), Gianfranco Montresor (Alfio), Gaia Matteini (Santuzza) and Marta Lotti (Lola); conducted by Alberto Paloscia; Laura Pasqualetti piano and violin Cristina Papini. Daniele Rubboli also reads the novel by Giovanni Verga. Monday 30th at 5.30 pm in the Auditorium of the vecchia zecca of Lucca, there will be a concert by the “Port Washington” band from the United States. Free admission, reservations on 347 9951581.





The repertoire ranges from the Goldberg Variations to a tribute to Peter Zadek


The March chamber music concerts of the AML chamber music season at Lucca’s San Micheletto all begin at 5 PM. First concert is on Sunday, March 1st with Laura Marzadori violin and Leonora Armellini piano, two young artists who have won many international awards. The program includes Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, respectively with three sonatas for violin and piano, and pieces from the Album for the young. Sunday 8th is a concert dedicated to Peter Zadek, who died in 2009, the great German director and one of the leaders of the Berliner Ensemble, the theatre founded by Bertolt Brecht. Artists will be the musical quartet Noûs formed by Tiziano Baviera and Alberto Franchin, violin; Sara Dambruoso, viola and Tommaso Tesini, cello. The program includes quartets by Haydn, Debussy and Mozart. The chamber music season of the AML ends on Sunday 15th with a concert by one of the most famous Italian pianists, Pietro De Maria, who will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Suffragio auditorium. Tickets cost 12 €, reduced 10 €. Under 14’s free. Info +390583469960.




This month also concludes “Musica ragazzi’, the concert season dedicated to school children organized and curated by the AML with Carla Nolledi. Thursday 9th (10.30 am, Auditorium del suffragio) is L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti with singing classes from the “Luigi Boccherini” institute whose teachers are Giovanni Dagnino and Maria Pia Ionata. Admission to the concert is 3 euro. Friday 20th and Saturday 21st (10:30 am, Conference hall St. Vincenzo Di Massa Carrara, Micheletto, Lucca) show entitled “Musica e cinema quando la musica cambia la vita.” There will be a screening of the film “A Slum Symphony” by director Cristiano Barbarossa. Free admission. For information on “Musica ragazzi” contact the Lucchese Music Association AML by calling +390583469960

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