SECOND MONTH OF CONCERTS AT PIEVE A ELICI
Marco and Andrea Rizzi Lucchesini will open the second month of Versilia’s Festival of Chamber Music in the church of St. Pantaleone, Pieve a Elici. On Sunday 3rd, the duo will perform music by Castelnuovo Tedesco, Brahms and Richard Strauss. On Sunday 10th, Kirill Troussov (violin) will play Dvořák, Fauré, Poulenc, Tchaikovsky and Zimbalist, with his sister Alessandra Troussova (piano). On Sunday 17th, Leonora Armellini (see photo) returns. The young Italian pianist (born in 1992) plays music by Schumann and Chopin. The talented violinist, Natasha Korsakova, will play Beethoven, Mozart and Prokofiev on Sunday 24th with Simone Soldati (piano). The festival closes on Sunday 31st with a concert by Enrico Dindo (cello) and Pietro De Maria (piano), who play music by Rachmaninov and Chopin. All concerts start at 9.15 pm. Tickets are € 12 (reduced € 9) while for AML members they are € 6. Info: Associazione Musicale Lucchese (+390583 469960), Municipality of Camaiore, Citizens’ Office (+390584 979 229).
PIANO CONCERT WITH SIX PIANOS ON LUCCA’S WALLS FOR THE FRANCIGENA INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The Francigena Festival concludes in August with a series of events planned both in the province of Lucca, and the Beethoven castle of Monteriggioni (Siena). Closing on August 30th, at 7 pm, on the city walls’ 500th anniversary, there will be a unique event with the world premiere of pieces for six pianos written by members of the “Cluster” Association. The six pianos will be located in various bastions and will be amplified and monitored, allowing the listener to follow the players’ performance on the spot and, at the same time, hear all six pianos. These are the festival appointments: August 5th, 9.15 pm, Altopascio, Sala Granai: Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein (viola), Timora Rosler (cello), Frank Peters (piano). 7th, at 9.15 pm, Monteriggioni (Siena) Beethoven Castle: “Classical Rome” String Orchestra with Fabrizio Datteri and Nadia Lencioni (piano). 10th, at 9.15 pm, Monteriggioni (Siena), Mozart’s Così fan tutte, with soloists from the Guido d’Arezzo Francigena Festival Orchestra with Janos Acs (conductor). 23th at 9.15 pm Lucca, Ademollo Hall of the Palazzo Ducale: Paolo Carlini (bassoon), Fabrizio Datteri (piano). 30th, at 7 pm, Lucca city walls: concerto for six pianos.
GASPARINI’S “AMLETO” AT VILLA OLIVA
On Wednesday, 27th August, at 5.30 pm in the loggia of the magnificent Villa Oliva (San Pancrazio), there will be a performance centred on Hamlet to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The program will include music from the first ever opera based on Hamlet, composed by Francesco Gasparini from Camaiore, Lucca, who was born in 1661. Characters and performers: Hamlet, Barbara Di Castri; King, Roberto Lorenzi; Queen, Silvia Tocchini; Veremonda (Ophelia), Maria Chiara Pizzoli; Generale Valdemaro, Marco Mustaro. Marco Brinzi will create the atmosphere of the Danish tragedy. Gabriele Micheli conducts the Chamber Orchestra of the Italian vocal academy. Bookings and information from the AML at +390583 / 469960.
REMEMBRANCE MUSIC AT STAZZEMA’S “ORGAN OF PEACE” FESTIVAL
The “Organ of Peace” festival at Sant’Anna di Camaiore, now in its eighth year, culminates in August with a series of concerts every Sunday at 6 pm with the following program: 3rd, world premiere of “Three Songs of the Camaiore Stones” for saxophone and organ, with Stefania Mettadelli and Isabella Stabio (see photo), 10th, organist Emanuele Cardi from Battipaglia performs. There will be a conference on the theme of justice before the concert at 4 pm in the Historical Museum of the Resistance. On the 17th, Italian organist Lorenzo Ghielmi gives a recital. On the 24th there’s a concert by Czech virtuoso Pavel Kohout. The season ends on 31st August with a concert by Friuli organist Lorenzo Marzona. Free admission.
DEADLINE ON 22ND FOR ENTRANTS TO BOCCHERINI OPEN GOLD MASTERCLASS
Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most famous cellists in the world (see photo), will kick off the Boccherini Open Gold Master class with a very appealing program. With him will be Paolo Taballione for flute, Demetrio Camuzzi for viola and chamber music, Luciana D’Intino for singing, Herbert Handt for vocal chamber music and Pietro De Maria for the piano. The master class begins on September 5th and ends on October 1st.
Registrations close on Friday, August 22nd. All information is available at the institute’s website at http://www.boccherini.it
SIXTIETH TORRE DEL LAGO PUCCINI FESTIVAL
The Puccini Festival, which opened on July 25th with Madama Butterfly (produced by Renzo Giaccheri and conducted by Daniel Oren), will be repeated on 1, 8, 16 and 24 August. Micaela Carosi, Amaryllis Nizza and Silvana Froli alternate in the title role; Rame Lahaj is Pinkerton, Renata Lamanda is Suzuki and Giovanni Meoni is Sharpless.
La Bohème will be directed by one of the greatest Italian cinema directors, Ettore Scola. There will be four performances in August (2, 10, 15 and 22). Scenery by Luciano Ricceri; costumes by Cristina Da Rold. Valerio Galli conducts. This is the main cast: Daniela Dessi as Mimi (Silvana Froli for the last two performances), Fabio Armiliato is Rodolfo (Leonardo Caimi 15th to 22nd August), Alessandro Luongo sings Marcello, and Musetta is Alida Berti.
Il Trittico opens on Sunday the 3rd. Stage settings are by Monica Bernardi. In the four performances (3, 7, 21, 30 August) singers of the ”Advanced Festival Academy”, alongside Amarilli Nizza, will alternate in the three female roles. Alberto Mastromarino sings Michele and the great Rolando Panerai sings Gianni Schicchi. Conductor is Bruno Nicoli.
Turandot will be presented on 9, 14, 17, 23 and 29 August in Angelo Bertini’s new production with musical direction by Mark Balderi. Starring are Giovanna Casolla and Lise Lindstrom, Walter Fraccaro, Lorenzo De Caro, Serena Farnocchia. Orchestra and Chorus of the Puccini Festival. Chorus masters Stefano Visconti and Francesca Tosi with Sara Matteucci for the Children’s Choir.
On the 13th, Shigeaki Saegusa’s Junior Butterfly will be staged with libretto translated into Italian. On August 28th, there will be a Korean Grand Opera Gala featuring the best soloists from South Korean opera with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Puccini Festival and Chorus of the National Opera of Korea. Monday, 18th, the Gran Teatro will host Massimo Ranieri with Sogno e son Desto, while in the Gran Teatro the art exhibition, “Stories of the Sea” by Franco Sumberaz, continues until August 14th, followed, on Friday 15th, by “In the shadows” with paintings by Daniela Caciagli.
CORSANICO FESTIVAL 2014
In August, the Corsanico Festival continues. It’s the thirty-third year for the international review of classical music in the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel. Saturday 2nd, a “Beethoven evening” with the String Chamber Orchestra of “Roma Classica” and the Fabrizio Datteri and Nadia Lencioni piano duo. Saturday 9th, the period instrumental and vocal group “Baschenis Ensemble” will present sacred and profane music from the early seventeenth century. Tuesday, 12th, American organist Gail Archer will perform works by Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn and Liszt. Saturday 16th, “Serata Lirica” with Silvana Froli (soprano), Nicola Mugnaini (tenor) and Laura Pasqualetti (piano), will perform arias by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and Leoncavallo. Friday 22nd, French organist Jean Guillou will play music by Scarlatti, Gesualdo, Bach, and improvisations on themes presented to him by the public. Tuesday 26th, an evening, entitled “Musical Exchange between Italy and the Netherlands”, by the Dutch duo of Cécile Prakken (flute) and Aart Berguerff (organ). Saturday 30th, Lithuanian violinist Lina Uinskyte and organist Marco Ruggeri perform Vitali’s Chaconne, Biber’s Passacaglia, the Bach Chaconne in D, and Corelli’s Variations on “La Follia”. Entry tickets: 2, 9, 16 December (€ 10); 12, 22, 26 and 30 August (€ 5). Info: http://www.corsanicomusica.it
NINETEENTH “CITTA’ DI CAMAIORE” ORGAN FESTIVAL
The nineteenth “Città di Camaiore” continues in August with organ concerts in the church of the Badia di Camaiore at 9.15 pm. (tickets € 5 each). On the 2nd, the German organist Axel Flierl performs works by Pachelbel, Liszt, Bach and Schumann, while on Thursday 7th; Spanish organist Arnau Reynes plays music by Ximénez, Brunette, Mendelssohn and Guilmant. Three further concerts follow. On Thursday 7th, well-known Belgian Pierre Thimus will present a varied program of works by Scheidemann, Correa de Arauxo, Boehm, Babou, Bach, Zipoli, Kellner and Buxtehude. On Tuesday, August 12th, there will be an organ recital by Pierre Thimus, while, on Monday 18th, Edward De Geest plays music by Muffat, Du Mage, Lübeck, Bach, Gigout, Bossi and Reger. On Monday, 25th August, Spanish organist Loreto Aramendi performs music by Bach, Correa de Arauxo, Larrañaga, Cabezon, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, Corrette, Grigny and Alain. Finally, Burkhard Ascherl from Germany plays the last concert on August 28th, with a program of Buxtehude, Bach, Mozart, Bonnet, Faure and Widor. The event is made possible thanks to the Municipality of Camaiore, the CRL and BML Bank Foundations and the “Marco Santucci” association.
THE SONG OF THE TREES
Every Friday, at 9.30 pm, there will be a concert in Lucca’s Botanical Gardens sponsored by the city of Lucca in collaboration with associations and musical institutions of the region.
On the first of August there is an evening, “From Mama Africa Meeting”, with music from the International Festival of African expressive arts. “Operetta and the most beautiful songs of the past”, organized by Belle Epoque (see photo), will be held on Friday 8th, while “Poets of Latin America” – a journey through song and poem with the PAM trio will be held on the evening of Friday, August 8th. On the 22nd, “Very Young Performers” (with FLAM) with Giacomo Banella on double bass and pianist Gilberto Rossetti perform music by Schubert. Finally, on August 29th, there’s “Latin Jazz” with the Marco Cattani Quartet. The entrance to the Botanical Garden will be € 3 and includes, in addition to the opportunity to attend the concert, a guided tour of the beautiful gardens located in the heart of the city.
“ALFREDO CATALANI” MUSICAL CIRCLE
There are numerous events promoted in August by the “Alfredo Catalani” circle. Wednesday 6th at 9.15 pm, in the San Micheletto cloister, there will be a selection of Catalani’s opera La Wally in concert form, in a version for voice and piano. The performers are: Maria Simona Cianchi (Wally), Alessandra Rossi Trusendi (Walter), Fulvio Oberto (Hagenbach), Marzio Giossi), Pietro Mariani (piano) and Daniele Rubboli (narrator). On Thursday, August 7th at 11 am, in the Church of Santa Maria Nera, there will be a Mass sung in memory of Alfredo Catalani: the music of Handel, Mozart, Franck, Mascagni and Verdi will be performed by Maria Simona Cianchi and Fulvio Oberto accompanied on the organ by Pietro Mariani. Sunday 17th at 5.30 pm, at the Museo Del Castagno in Colognora of Pescaglia, the Museum room dedicated to Alfredo Catalani will be inaugurated. The day ends at 9.15 pm in Colognora’s Parish Church with a vocal concert: “La ci darem la mano.” Performers are Valentina Piovano (soprano), Gabriele Viviani (baritone), Laura Pasqualetti (piano) and Daniele Rubboli (narrator).
Finally, on Saturday 30th, at 6 pm, at Fabbriche di Vallico there’s a concert “Opera in the green” starring mezzo-soprano Margherita Tani, baritone Andrea Borghini, and pianist Laura Pasqualetti. Presenter is Loredana Bruno. Free admission. Info and bookings call: 347 9951581.
SUNG MASS FOR DON MAGGINI
On Sunday, August 3rd, at 6 pm, in the Parish Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Gombitelli, there will be a Mass to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the death of Emilio Maggini, celebrated by Don Rodolfo Rossi. During the church service the “Schola Cantorum” ensemble from Marina di Pietrasanta, directed by Stefania Gori (organist Mario Castellari, will sing pieces by Maggini.