Midsummer Night

I remember we once attended a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Oxleas woods, South London.

It was one of those performances where you followed the actors and discovered a new location for each subsequent scene.  The thickets and clearings of the ancient woodland were haunted by the kingdom of the faeries, Oberon, Titania and Puck. Then of course there was the marriage between the Theseus Duke of Athens and Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons. There was the squabbling and reconciliation of the two pairs of lovers and the play within the play, the comically tragic story of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ with the added characters of Wall, Moonlight and Lion.

I did not imagine I could recapture the magic of that performance in Lucca but I came very close to it. The touring English Theatre Company, based in Pisa, has done sterling work in spreading appreciation of Shakespeare and theatre in English among schools, not just in Italy but throughout the world.

In the city’s San Girolamo Theatre the company produced a very acceptable version of the bard’s charmed comedy written as part of a marriage celebration – the wedding of Elizabeth De Vere to William Stanley, Sixth Earl of Derby, on June 26, 1594, at Greenwich palace (where the Queen’s house is now), with Queen Elizabeth I in the audience.

Clearly, the play was condensed but without detracting from the flow of the four-layered plot. Above were subtitles in Italian and the ex-church was decently filled.

What was most amazing though was the fact that all twenty-one parts in the play were performed largely by four actors (Wall was a fifth…).

My midsummer night’s dream continued last night when listening to Mendelssohn’s incidental music to the play. To think that the supernatural overture was written when the composer was just seventeen (the other bits were added shortly before his early death aged 38). The melodies weaved their way amid the midsummer fireflies flickering with insect love on such a warm and brief night.

What other music could possibly fit this Apennine enchantment?

 

 

 

 

Corsanico Festival

TWO CENTURIES OF SACRED ARIAS

The curtain rises on the “Corsanico Festival 2017”, the 36th International Classical Music Festival organized by “The Friends of the Vincenzo Colonna Organ”, Corsanico’s Cultural Association under Graziano Barsotti’s artistic direction. The concert series has the prestigious patronage of the Senate, the Tuscany Region and Lucca Province and is held in the charming artistic setting of Corsanico’s Pieve di S. Michele Arcangelo of.

Ten concerts, five in July and five in August, all themed, but which will have as the centrepiece the great historical organ now known throughout the world: an instrument which is a masterpiece of Venetian organ building, built in 1602 by Vincenzo Colonna.

The thirty six seasons of the organ festival have brought, the world’s greatest organists, orchestras, ensembles and world-famous soloists to Corsanico. This year’s festival is as varied as ever, with music ranging from the middle ages to the present age, touching nineteenth-century opera up to film music, underlining the international importance and excellence of this festival.

Its importance is such that the Senate of the Italian Republic has sent the festival’s director Graziano Barsotti an honorary representative medal for the 2016 Corsanico Festival.

The inaugural evening will be held on Saturday July 8th and is titled “Two centuries of sacred arias”. The performers, organist Gabriele Giacomelli and soprano Maria Gaia Pellegrini will include music by Vivaldi, Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Saint-Saens, Verdi and Tosti.

Tickets €. 10

Concerts start at 9.15 pm

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CARMINA BURANA WITH THE ESAENSEMBLE

On Saturday, July 15, an evening of ancient music, dedicated to the famous medieval composition “Carmina Burana” (XII century).

An interpretation on a vertical axis, performed by the EsaEnsemble vocal sextet.

The vocal and instrumental ensemble is conducted by Sergio Chierici.

Tickets €. 10

BROMLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY JONATHAN JOSEPH

On Tuesday, July 18, the London Bromley Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Joseph, will perform music by J. S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Peter Warlock and F. J. Haydn.

Free admission

OSCAR’ FILM MUSIC FOR BASSOON AND PIANO

Friday, July 21, “Oscar Music” performers, Fabrizio Datteri-piano; Paolo Carlini-bassoon.

Music by Rossini, Gaslini, Pieranuzzi, Morricone, Bacalov, Rota, Boccadoro and Saint-Saens.

Tickets €. 10

RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE MUSIC FOR VOICE AND ORGAN

Saturday, July 29, “Acclamationi divote” beautiful and touching renaissance and baroque compositions, performed by Olimpio Medori organ and Paolo Fanciullacci tenor. Music by Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Viadana, Pasquini, Grandi, Rossi, Sanchez, Storace and Legrenzi.

Tickets €. 10.

 ALL-BACH CONCERT

Saturday, August 5, “All Bach” evening dedicated to the great composer Johan Sebastian Bach, played on the organ by Daniele Boccaccio.

Tickets €. 10

LISTENING TO THE CINEMA

On Sunday, August 13, “Listening to the cinema” with the Tuscan Chamber Orchestra, which has repeatedly participated in the Corsanico Festival, always obtaining critical praise with its first violin Antonio Aiello, concertmaster and Matteo Venturini organist. Music by Morricone, Bacalov, Zimmer, Norman, Williams, Morris, Piovani.

Tickets €. 10

MUSICAL TRAVEL BETWEEN CLASSICAL, ETHNIC AND JAZZ

Saturday, August 19, “Many Ways” – musical journey between ethnic, classical and jazz; “Oracle Trio” Carlo Palagi-guitars (see photo); Giuliano Passaglia- soprano and tenor saxophone; double bass; Riccardo Puccetti-percussion, marimba, and drums. Music by Palagi, Garbarek, Puccetti and Towner.

Tickets €. 10

OPERA TRANSCRIPTIONS

Friday, August 25, “Trascrizioni d’opera”, a fascinating program where the organ, together with trumpet, performs opera aria transcriptions. Performers are Marco Arlotti-organ; Michele Santi – period trumpets (see photo); Music by Zanichelli, Cacciamani, Forestier, Verdi, Arban, Morandi and  F. J. Haydn.

Tickets €. 10

ANTONIO BELLANDI DIRIGE TOSCA OF GIACOMO PUCCINI

On Sunday, September 3rd, the 36th Corsanico Music Festival concludes with Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ performed by the winners of the 3rd International “Voci nel Canto” Competition. ‘Musica Omnia’ orchestra conducted by Antonio Bellandi; Directed by Patrizia Morandini; Set designer: Alessio Menicocci.

Tickets €. 15,00

 

 

Palatial Concerts in and around Lucca

AFFRESCHI MUSICALI IN VILLA (MUSICAL FRESCOES IN A COUNTRY HOUSE)

The “Alfredo Catalani” Music Circle of Lucca and Porcari is organizing and promoting three interesting entertainment and music events for July.

The first of the events, ‘Affreschi Musicali in Villa’ (Musical Frescoes in a Country House), is a quartet chamber music concert on July 9 at 9.15 pm at Villa Bernardini, which is on the road from Lucca to Pisa at Massa Pisana. The performers are the “Quartetto d’archi Camerata Medicea”. They will play Boccherini, Pachelbel, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, and Mozart.

Info and Reservations by phoning 347 9951581.

MUSIC AND BURRACO IN A PALACE

On Sunday, July 16, at 7.30 pm, in collaboration with Palazzo Bove and Lucca’s “Il Pungolo” Association, at Palazzo Bove (Via di Castello, 46, San Gennaro – Lucca), there’s “Burraco a Palazzo”, a charity card Tournament for the AIP (Italian Parkinson’s Association) section of Lucca.

In addition to the tournament the evening program also includes: welcome drink, brunch and live music by Antonio Pocai. There will be prizes worth around € 3,000.

Hall director is Domenica Giuliani, Referee Filippo S. Farina.

Info and bookings by phoning 347 9951581

“CATALANI” PRIZE AWARDED TO NICOLA LUISOTTI

On Monday, July 24th at 9 pm at Lucca’s Museo Guinigi (Via della Quarquone, 4 – Lucca), there’s the presentation of the “City of Lucca Alfredo Catalani Prize “, an event now in its tenth year. The award is awarded annually to internationally renowned artists (musicians, singers, directors, painters, etc.) who have contributed to the fame of the city of Lucca throughout the world.

For the 2017 edition, the prize is awarded to the young Nicola LUISOTTI, a conductor born in Viareggio, who has directed the orchestras of the most important world theatres.

In addition, Michelle Buscemi, soprano and Alessandro Liberatore, tenor will perform with Nicola Pardini Piano. Journalist and musicologist Daniele Rubboli introduces the evening.

(Soprano Michelle Buscemi)

Free entrance subject to seat availability. Info and Reservations at 347 9951581.

 

Lucca Summer Festival Dates

THE ONLY ITALIAN ROLLING STONES DATE AT LUCCA’S SUMMER FESTIVAL

The Summer Festival celebrates twenty years of uninterrupted activity thanks to the foresight of its patron Mimmo D’Alessandro, who this year is presenting in Lucca’s Piazza Napoleone some of the greatest names in pop music.

The Rolling Stones, who in September and October will be on the “STONES – NO FILTER” tour in Europe, will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival on their only Italian date on September 23rd at 9.30 pm.

The concert will take place in a location never used before. It will have as its backdrop the wonderful Medieval Walls, a famous symbol of the city, which have just celebrated their five hundred years. The evening will also celebrate the Lucca Summer Festival twentieth birthday.

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TRIBUTE TO THE THREE TENORS WITH “VOLO”

The three tenors’ IL VOLO ‘Notte Magica’ Tour, which premiered on March 4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, arrives at the Lucca Summer Festival on July 21st at 9.30 pm. After dates already announced in the main Italian and European cities, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble will continue to enchant their audience with further concerts in the most picturesque Italian locations in July.

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PET SHOP BOYS

After the huge success of the first part of their ‘Super’ World Tour held last autumn, the Pet Shop Boys return to perform at major European Festivals, including the Lucca Summer Festival on July 31st at 9.30 pm. For over twenty-five years Pet Shop Boys have been regarded as innovators of modern live music shows incorporating multimedia and theatrical elements into their productions. In this tour they will perform an incredible show full of movies, costumes, light games, lasers, choreographies, songs from the latest ‘Super’ album and, of course, many hits. Live arrangements were created along with Stuart Price who produced the Super album. The show is designed and directed by Es Devlin with choreographies by Lynne Page.

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How to Receive a Postcard from Puccini

CARTOLINE PUCCINIANE (‘PUCCINI POSTCARDS’) SELECTION FROM LA BOHÈME

On 1st June, the Cartoline Pucciniane (‘Puccini Postcards’) summer events of Puccini arias, duets, and ensembles, with piano accompaniment, begin. These are promoted and produced by the Teatro del Giglio and the Giacomo Puccini Foundation. The concerts are enjoyed so much by both tourists and those living in Lucca that in recent years the audience number has increased from 440 in 2015 to 780 in 2016. There’s an average of five shows per year. The Puccini recitals take place in Piazza Cittadella, right in front of the house where Puccini was born in 1858 and which now houses the Puccini Museum.

The planned concerts for 2017 all begin at 6 pm and will start on Thursday June 1st with La Bohème.

Tickets for the Cartoline Pucciniane cost 10 euros.

For bookings and sales please contact the Giglio Theatre’s Box Office (tel 0583.465320 – email biglietteria@teatrodelgiglio.it).

CARTOLINE PUCCINIANE (‘PUCCINI POSTCARDS’) SELECTION FROM MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Second ‘cartolina’ on 6th July with a selection from Madama Butterfly.

CARTOLINE PUCCINIANE (‘PUCCINI POSTCARDS’) SELECTION FROM LA RONDINE

Third ‘cartolina’ on 3rd August with a selection from La Rondine.

CARTOLINE PUCCINIANE (‘PUCCINI POSTCARDS’) SELECTION FROM TOSCA

Fourth ‘cartolina’ on 24th August with a selection from Tosca.

CARTOLINE PUCCINIANE (‘PUCCINI POSTCARDS’) SELECTION FROM LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

Fifth and final ‘cartolina’ on 7th September with a selection from La Fanciulla Del West. This is a novelty which will introduce audiences to the American characters of Minnie, Jack Rance e Dick Johnson  as a taster for the opera’s performance at Lucca’s Giglio Theatre – a co-production with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera Carolina di Charlotte and New York City Opera which will open the 2017-18 opera season and ‘Puccini Days’.

 

 

 

 

Stoned in Lucca!

 

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23 settembre Lucca, Mura Storiche – Lucca Summer Festival

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Lucca’s Easter and Pentecost Music Festival

Lucca’s Easter and Pentecost Festival is now in its 18th edition, under the artistic direction of Andrea Colombini, establishing itself as one of the longest and most successful classical, chamber and cross-over music events of the city.

This year too, the event has widespread support: with the patronage and sponsorship of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Lucca, the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra, the Puccini music web TV Channel and the collaboration of the Fondazione Banca del Monte. The Easter and Pentecost Festival is dedicated to the memory of the great conductor Herbert Von Karajan, with six concerts devoted to symphonic, chamber and operatic music.

FROM VIENNA TO SPIELBERG

On Friday, May 12, at the Chiesa dei Servi (at 9.15 pm), there’s an  “Orchestral Lollypops – From Vienna to Spielberg” concert with Andrea Colombini and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra with Francesca Maionchi, Nicola Mugnaini and Michael Alfonsi. It will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in a repertoire ranging from Puccini to Bizet, and including J. Strauss, J. Williams, Sousa, Wagner and Verdi.

PUCCINI’S WOMEN

Thursday, May 18 (Chiesa di San Giovanni at 9.30 pm) Lyric Gala “Puccini’s Women” with Silvia Pacini (soprano), Simone Frediani (tenor) and Franco Cerri (baritone) accompanied by Diego Fiorini, the amazing pianist.

FABRIZIO DATTERI PLAYS DEBUSSY

On Friday, May 19 (Chiesa di San Giovanni at 9.15 pm) Fabrizio Datteri’s piano will captivate with Claude Debussy’s music.

CONCERT FOR ITALIAN REPUBLIC DAY

On Friday, June 2, there’s a concert for Italian Republic day (Chiesa dei Servi, 9:15 pm), with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lucca conducted by Andrea Colombini. The soloists are Fiammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov (pianos) for an evening that includes Mozart, Handel, Vaughan Williams and Ravel.

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