Music Ho!

RAGGHIANTI AND SOLDATI PLAY FOR OPEN GOLD

From 5th to 29th September, the Boccherini Higher Institute of Musical Studies is organizing its fourth ‘Open Gold’ and the first Boccherini Festival with concerts, master classes and lectures in a September full of music.

Wednesday, September 7 at 9 pm in the Auditorium del Suffragio there’s concert entitled “Music from Lucca.”
The programme includes Guami, Boccherini, Paganini, Liszt, Puccini, and Favali.
Simone Soldati, piano
Gabriele Ragghianti, double bass
Info: 0583/490950

COMUZZI AND CURTI GIARDINA AT BOCCHERINI’S OPEN GOLD

Saturday, September 10th at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio,
Piano and viola concert
Music by Boccherini, Schumann and Longo
Demetrio Comuzzi, viola
Anna Maria Curti Giardina, piano
Info: 0583/490950

VIOLA MASTERCLASS CONCERT

Sunday, September 11 at 6 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio,
Concert by Students of the viola and chamber music masterclass held by Demetrio Comuzzi
Info: 0583/490950

CONCERT AT THE PALAZZO PFANNER
Wednesday, September 14 at 9 pm, Palazzo Pfanner, concert by soloists of the Boccherini chamber orchestra. The concert is organized in collaboration with FLAM.
The programme includes Brahms.
Admission € 7
Info: 0583/490950

DUO PIANO AND CELLO DUO AT OPEN GOLD

Sunday, September 18 at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio, piano and cello concert.
The programme includes Bach, Boccherini and Debussy
Anton Niculescu cello, Sorin Dogaru piano
Info: 0583/490950

PAGANINI GALA

Wednesday, September 21 at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio, there’s a ” Paganini Gala ”
Music by Paganini, Molinelli, Boccherini
Mihaela Costea, violin
Cristina Papini, violin
Simone Braconi, viola
Silvia Church, cello
Giampaolo Bandini, guitar
Info: 0583/490950

SINGING MASTERCLASS CONCERT
Friday, September 23 at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio,
Concert by the students of the vocal masterclass held by Laura Niculescu
Info: 0583/490950

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

Saturday, September 24 at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio, concert with Cristina Martufi, soprano, Paolo Taballione, flute
“L. Boccherini” Higher Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra
Conductor Mihail Agafiţa
Info: 0583/490950

CELLO AND PIANO DUO FOR OPEN GOLD.
Tuesday, September 27 at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio
Piano and cello concert
Music by Bach, Boccherini and Beethoven
Simone Soldati, piano
Massimo Polidori, cello
Info: 0583/490950
ROUND TABLE WITH THE BOCCHERINI STUDY CENTRE

Wednesday, September 28 at 10 am, Auditorium del Suffragio
Round table organized by the Centro Studi Luigi Boccherini
with Giulio Battelli, Gabriella Biagi Ravenni, Jerman Labrador, Guido Salvetti, Agostina Laterza Zecchi
Chaired by Yves Gérard
Info: 0583/490950

MAFFEI TRIO IN CONCERT

Thursday, September 29 at 9 pm, Auditorium del Suffragio,
Concert by the Trio Maffei: Claudio Maffei, violin
Massimo Maffei, cello
Stefano Maffei, piano
Music by Boccherini, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky
Info: 0583/490950

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Over the Rainbow

Yesterday, another national day of mourning for Italy as twenty eight of the two hundred and thirty one killed by the earthquake in Amatrice received their last rites, as the local people had wanted, in their own town instead of the unwished-for arrangement at Rieti.

To-date there are two hundred and ninety two victims of the area’s earthquake and several people more remain still missing.

Of all the many moving images from yesterday there were two that stand out in my mind:

The cocker spaniel by the coffin of his master and friend, killed in the earthquake:

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The letter written by the firefighter to the little girl he valiantly tried to save but arrived too late.

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So many lives lost, so many young lives lost in the fullness of their awakening promises:

It finally rained yesterday after weeks of drought. The heavens were truly weeping and I was hoping a new sign might appear in the sky. I’m sure it will.

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I could only think of one song yesterday and one singer whose life, too, was tragically cut short.

 

 

 

The Young Cello

CONCERTO DI VIOLONCELLI A TEREGLIO (Coreglia Antelminelli.)

Il 4 settembre alle 17.30 nella chiesa parrocchiale di Tereglio ci sarà un concerto degli allievi del corso dato dai maestri Raphael Wallfisch e Sebastian Comberti.

On 4th September at 5.30 pm in the parish church there’s a concert given by students of the summer course held by international stars Raphael Wallfisch and Sebastian Comberti.

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Two Unmissable Cellists at Bagni di Lucca

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CONCERTO DI VIOLONCELLI AL TEATRO ACCADEMICO DI BAGNI DI LUCCA

Al Teatro Accademico di Bagni di Lucca, il primo settembre alle ore 21.30, si terrà un grande concerto di violoncelli con i maestri internazionali Raphael Wallfisch e Sebastian Comberti e con la loro partecipazione. Il programma includerà brani tra altri, di Boccherini e Rossini. Un avvenimento da assolutamente non perdere, specialmente perché sarà la prima volta che questi dotatissimi si esibiranno al teatro di Bagni di Lucca.

CELLO CONCERT AT THE TEATRO ACCADEMICO DI BAGNI DI LUCCA

At the Teatro Accademico of Bagni di Lucca on the first of September at 9.30 pm there’s a cello concerto given by international virtuosi Raphael Wallfish and Sebastian Comberti. Pieces played include Boccherini and Rossini. It’s an absolutely unmissable event especially since it’s the first time that these gifted musicians will play in Bagni di Lucca.

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Avant-Garde Events at Lo Scompiglio, Verno, Lucca

La Tenuta dello Scompiglio, just south of Lucca off the road to Pisa, is the nearest equivalent in our part of the world of London’s I. C. A. If you are looking for  way-out happenings, amazing food, state-of-the art bio-technology, mind-expanding exhibitions,  then check out its programme, also at https://www.google.it/search?q=lo+scompiglio&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-ab&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ZXDFV4y1C8HD8gelw6-YAw

LABORATORY ON VIOLENCE BETWEEN SELF-DETERMINATION AND DISRUPTION

A multidisciplinary season focusing on the relationship between individuality and conflict entitled “Assemblaggi provvisori” resumes at the Tenuta Del Scompiglio near Vorno, Lucca.  There will be performances, concerts, installations, exhibitions, meetings, workshops and youth theatre.
On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, from 11 am to 7 pm, at the SPE – Performing Space and Exhibition centre, there’s a laboratory called Laboratorio tra autodeterminazione e violenza (between self-determination and violence) directed by the A j R i o t – A l V m e n u s company with Nina Negri director, performer, choreographer, actor and Isadora Pei director, performer, visual artist, and actor.
The theatrical performance (a collective of performers, dancers, directors and artists from different parts of Europe) will meet the group at 11 am. The audience is invited to ask questions about the dynamics of self-determination and violence inherent in the processes of subjection, not only through the issue of sexuality and prostitution, but also through the participants’ daily experience.

The dimension of physicality through various disciplines of theatre and movement will be integrated – from Butoh training to various physical movements – by working on theatre improvisation, dance to choreography.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in the topic: professional or amateur.
(Nina Negri and Isadora Pei)

SPE Booking office – Performing Space and Exhibition
Thursday to Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm | tel. +39 0583 971125
biglietteria@delloscompiglio.org

Dello Scompiglio Cultural Association
Via di Vorno, 67 – Vorno, Capannori (LU) | tel. +39 0583 971475
info.ac@delloscompiglio.org
http://www.delloscompiglio.org

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LA FABRIQUE SoMArT AT THE SCOMPIGLIO

Saturday 10th at 5.30 pm and Sunday 11th
There’s La Fabrique SoMArT the edge of the road: a travelling workshop, the brainchild of Serge Cartellier.
Conception, dramaturgy, direction and scripts by Faria Sophie and Serge Cartellier.
Translations by Luca Greco, performers Julie Fonroget and Serge Cartellier, costumes and accessories Sylvie Blondeau Hollier, sound by Sébastien Rouiller, scenery by Paolo Morelli and Cipriano Menchini.

G I R L I S A G U N AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11, at 9 pm, at the SPE – Performing Space and Exhibition centre, there’s a show called G i r l i s a n G u n with the Aja Riot-Alma Venus Company.
Direction, lights, music by Nina Negri and Isadora Pei, with Chiara Capitani, Susanna Dimitri, Andrea Lanciotti, Nina Negri, Isadora Pei and Loic Samar.
Recommended for adults only.
SPE Booking office – Performing Space and Exhibition centre
from Thursday to Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm | tel. +39 0583 971125
biglietteria@delloscompiglio.org

Dello Scompiglio Cultural Association
Via di Vorno, 67 – Vorno, Capannori (LU) | tel. +39 0583 971475
info.ac@delloscompiglio.org
http://www.delloscompiglio.org

MEETINGS ON GENDER IN THE ARTS

Saturday 17th, 10 -12.30 am and 3 pm- 5 pm, at the SPE – Performing Space and Exhibition centre and on Sunday 18th, 10 -12.30 am there’s a series of meetings entitled “Gender in the arts: performance, theatre, cinema, music” with Luca Greco.
This series of lectures will focus on the relationship between feminism, gender and art (cinema, theatre, performance, music). How do gender and feminist studies help artistic media and create originality? How is creativity influenced by gender and how does it present new subjects and relationships?

The meetings will begin on Saturday at 10 am with the following schedule:
10.00-12.30 am

Luca Greco
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III
Presentation of the two days

Marco Pustianaz
University of Eastern Piedmont
Le sentinelle in piedi: una performance

Catherine Deutsch
Université Sorbonne Paris Cité
Oltre il linguaggio: fare e disfare il genere in musica

3 – 5 pm
Giovanna Zapperi
ENSAB – Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art, Bourges
L’arte, il lavoro e la vita: una critica femminista

Manuel Billi
Independent researcher and filmmaker
Due o tre cose sul cinema post-identitario: performanza, poesia, frammento

Sunday 18th
10.00-12.30 Panel discussion
Moderator Daniele Del Pozzo, artistic director of the Gender Bender Festival, Bologna

HOMAGE TO DEMETRIO STRATOS AND CONCERT WITH MUSIC BY JOHN CAGE

A multidisciplinary season focusing on the relationship between individuality and conflict entitled “Assemblaggi provvisori” resumes at the Tenuta Del Scompiglio near Vorno, Lucca.  There will be performances, concerts, installations, exhibitions, meetings, workshops and youth theatre.
Saturday 17th, AT 7 pm at SPE – Performing Space and Exhibition centre, there’s an “Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos” with the following events:
7 pm, presentation of the book Stratos e Area by Lelli e Masotti, Arcana Editions, 2015

9 pm, concert
John Cage: Mesostico per Demetrio Stratos   (World Premier)
David Moss vocals
Patrizio Fariselli piano and keyboards
Luigi Ceccarelli electronics
Antonio Caggiano percussion

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GINKGO BY GIULIA QUADRELLI AT THE SCOMPIGLIO

Sunday 18th at 4 and 6 pm performance called Ginkgo by Giulia Quadrelli.
Performers Lisa Borini, Giulia Quadrelli, Ulysses Romanò, Alice Roger, Mario Scandale, Luca Tanganelli and directed by Giulia Quadrelli and Mario Scandale
Theatrical collaborators Luisa Borini, Ulisse Romanò, Alice Ruggero, Mario Scandale.-
Illustrations by Giulia Quadrelli
Technical support by Paolo Morelli
Costumes by Francesca Marra

SPE Booking office – Performing Space and Exhibition
from Thursday to Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm | tel. +39 0583 971125
biglietteria@delloscompiglio.org

Dello Scompiglio Cultural Association
Via di Vorno, 67 – Vorno, Capannori (LU) | tel. +39 0583 971475
info.ac@delloscompiglio.org
http://www.delloscompiglio.org

 

 

 

A Cello Elegy

THE CELLO FLORENCE ENSEMBLE AT THE ENGLISH CEMETERY

On Saturday, September 3rd, at 5.30 pm, at Bagni di Lucca’s English cemetery (about 320 yards from the Anglican church, on the opposite side of the river Lima), the Florence Cello Ensemble will give a concert under the direction of Lucio Labella Danzi for the presentation of the restoration of funerary monuments that will take place at 5 pm. The program includes the overture from Verdi’s I Masnadieri, the third movement from Elgar’s Cello concerto, the Sonata a Preghiera and the Variazioni sul Mosè by Paganini, Debussy’s Cakewalk and Puccini’s Crisantemi.  The concert is organized by the Michel De Montaigne Foundation and the municipality of Bagni di Lucca. In case of rain the concert will be held in the Public Library.

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Benabbio’s Beauties

There’s yet another exhibition to feast one’s eyes in Bagni di Lucca Villa. The ‘L’ora Blu’ photographic group has selected some beautiful, mainly black and white, photographs from Benabbio.

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It’s not often realised that Benabbio has some of the greatest artistic treasures of any Val di Lima village. First is the Romanesque parish church dedicated to the Assumption of the virgin and consecrated in 1339. Its most valuable works of art are now housed in an adjoining museum which was once the oratorio of the most Holy Trinity. (See my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/visiting-in-the-rain/ for more on that museum.)

Benabbio also has its own theatre, the Eden (dating from 1780,) where such celebrities as Zacconi and Totò appeared and also where the princess of Lucca, Elisa Baciocchi, was part of its audience.

The castle of the Lupari has been the subject of recent intensive archaeological research by Pisa university. This has revealed its massive walls within which is the church of San Michele dating from 1218. Benabbio also has many amiable corners, its ‘Lucciola’ night-spot and an excellent eating place!

Famous people have been born in Benabbio including poet Pascoli’s Latin master Francesco Cianelli and its own most famous poet, Antonio Viviani, who held a position at the Napoleonic court in Rome. (For more on Benabbio’s famous people see my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/no-mute-inglorious-miltons-here-benabbios-claim-to-fame/ ).

Anyway we are here to celebrate Benabbio’s charms and these are a selection of the photographs on view:

My own favourite is this one:

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