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Ravello Festival: music suspended between sea and sky

posted by Home In Italy on July 21st, 2016

Since 1953, in the gardens of the Villa Rufolo of Ravello where Wagner found his “magic garden of Klingsor”, has been taking place the prestigious Ravello Musical Festival, that starts in early April and goes on from the beginning of July until August.

The current Ravello Festival derives from a series of previous initiatives which make it the oldest of the Italian festivals after the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The association of Wagner’s name with Villa Rufolo, a place made splendid and welcoming by the Scottish philanthropist Francis Neville Reid, was too tempting not to suggest the idea of holding concerts at this site, blessed, besides, by the great composer in person. Thus, in the 1930s the orchestra of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples played a couple of times, with a program connected to Wagner.

This year on stage directors of orchestra such as Yuri Temirkanov, the first Russian artist who had the honor to perform in Russia after the resumption of cultural relations with the Soviet Union, which ended the war in Afghanistan. The American James Conlon, popularizer of the music of the composers persecuted by the Nazi regime. The Russian Tugan Sokhiev, among the emerging of this new generation, which is tightening a relationship with the greatest orchestras in the world. A great return for Jeffrey Tate. The music takes the guise of universal language of peace, against the wars around the world.

At Ravello Festival there will be big names of the international concert team but also youth orchestras like the Italian one, directed by Juraj Valcuha, which opened the 2016 edition on the evening of July 1, and that of “Young singers” of Salzburg who will close the cycle of the Festival at the end of August. A symbolic choice, intergenerational connection, which is rooted in meaning even with an autumn project, first of its kind, which includes dozens of new talents of conservatives and music schools across Europe.

Music, a rich calendar of dance, jazz, two days with Tim Robbins, a tribute to Paisiello by Paolo Isotta, an extraordinary exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto, projects and special events that will last until autumn. And for the first time in the history of the festival, will be represented in an opera staged: “Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell headed by Antonio Florio and Denis Krief.

Umbria Jazz 2016

posted by Home In Italy on July 7th, 2016

Everything is ready in Perugia, in Umbria region, to attend the prestigious jazz festival. Umbria Jazz 2016 (July 8-17) will offer to the public important new entries and great returns. From the traditional locations of the festival, this year two new symbols of Perugia have been added: the Basilica of San Pietro, unique space for its beauty and spirituality, location with perfect acoustics, where Paolo Fresu will present his productions, one of those unreleased.
The other symbol is the Galleria Nazionale of Umbria, the heart of the history and of the art of Umbria, where he will be performing as part of the noon concerts. In addition to the labelled Tuk Music artists.
There will participate Jon Alexander, an Indonesian boy of 13 years old, which was so close to win a Grammy.

As in the past the most attractive events will take place at the Santa Giuliana Arena, while in the theaters of Morlacchi and of Pavone they will play the most specialized concerts.
At the outdoor stages, where everything is free, popular entertainment will complete the enthusiastic atmosphere. The outdoor free concerts, successors of the street soul from the first Umbria Jazz, offer notable names among which Fred Wesley, trumpet player of Ike and of Tina Turner and then to James Brown, Ray Gelato, Pedrito Martinez, Allan Harris.
Among the many world-renowned artists, big names as the pop singer Mika, Massimo Ranieri, Buddy Guy, Diana Krall, Stefano Bollani, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny & Ron Carter, the reunion Steps Ahead, the unique partnership John Scofield- Brad Mehldau – Mark Guiliana, Marcus Miller, the Branford Marsalis quartet with Kurt Elling will attend at the Festival.

A tribute to classical music with Bach will be reinterpreted by a new young quarter, Roberto Gatto, the quartet Golden Circle, Fabrizio Bosso, Ezio Bosso, Mauro Ottolini Rea. A dedication to the Napolitan music will be made by Stefano Bollani, Rava Gatto, the quartet Golden Circle, Fabrizio Bosso, Ezio Bosso, Mauro Ottolini Rea.
For further information: www.umbriajazz.com

Festival dei Due Mondi | Spoleto

posted by Home In Italy on July 6th, 2016

During the Festival dei Due Mondi Spoleto opens its doors to art in its broadest sense.

Two weeks of extraordinary shows, with more than 49 performances with opera, music, dance, theatre, several special events and art exhibitions. The 59th edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi takes place from the 24th June to the 10th July under the artistic management of Giorgio Ferrara.

The kermesse is inaugurated on the 24th June with “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, comedy for music in four acts by Lorenzo da Ponte, performed at the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti, directed by Giorgio Ferrara, conducted by James Conlon with the scenes of Dante Ferretti e Francesca Lo Schiavo.

The closing concert on the 10th July will host for the first time in Spoleto Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the

The famous conductor Antonio Pappano and pianist Stefano Bollani, together for the first time, with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, will be the protagonists of closing concert on Sunday, July 10th. The program, which is very original and has a varied layout includes music by Schoenberg, Lehar and Gershwin. The Anglo-Italian conductor has been awarded the 5th edition of the Carla Fendi Foundation prize.

Another prominent artist in this year’s edition is Bob Wilson who is performing at Caio Melisso on the 7th and 8th July “Lecture or nothing” by John Cage with music by Arno Kraehahn.

In his dual role of director and musician, Tim Robbins will be on stage with the theatrical transposition of “1984” (30th June, 1st, 2nd, 3rd July) and a performance on “Commedia dell’Arte” with “Harlequino: on to freedom” (from the 6th to the 10th July). The same artist will perform with the “Tim Robbins & Friends” at Teatro Romano on the 26th June as singer and guitarist together with the musicians of the Rogues Gallery Band.

For the dance section of the festival, Eleonora Abbagnato will be the dancer in the “Carmen”, ballet in two acts by Amedeo Amodio, music by Georges Bizet, at the Teatro Romano (25th June), the Czech National Ballett with “Romeo e Giulietta” by Profof’ev (7th , 8th and 9th July) and theBatscheva Dance Company with the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin in “Decadance Spoleto” at Teatro Romano (1st , 2nd and 3rd July).

Among the most remarkable musical event of the Festival there will be the Italian concert conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini who will perform the “Vespro della Beata Vergine” by Claudio Monteverdi on the 9th July, organized thanks to the support of the Carla Fendi Foundation.

The Fiesole Music school will take care of the midday and evening concerts, while “Tre Risvegli” by Patrizia Cavalli, a performance of music and theatre will be on stage at Teatro Caio Melisso Carla Fendi area on the 26th June, under the direction of Mario Martone, with the actress Alba Rohrwacher and the music of  the award winning composer Silvia Colasanti, played by Quartetto Guadagnini.

Last but not least, after the end of the Festival, on the 13th July, the great étoile Roberto Bolle for the first time in Spoleto, will be start his tour accompanied by some of the biggest names on the international dance scene.

Fot the complete program: www.festivaldispoleto.com

Italian gardens where to get lost: green mazes to visit

posted by Home In Italy on June 24th, 2016

Amusement place and symbol of power for the aristocratic families of the from the past, the labyrinth has always amused and enchanted with its treacherous paths. The charm that evokes the maze has strengthened its symbolic power, becoming a metaphor for the condition of modern man, always labored in the search of something. A symbol that has never lost its charm.
Here is the latest version of the contemporary garden: cultural bamboo maze from the publisher Franco Maria Ricci near Parma, Fontanellato. Although it is the largest in Europe, Fontanellato it is not the only labyrinth of the Peninsula. Here, some of the most famous Italian mazes.

Borges labyrinth of San Giorgio Island, Venice
Opened on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, it is a reconstruction of the labyrinth garden that architect Randoll Coate designed in his honor. It ‘inspired by “The Garden of Forking Paths,” one of the best known stories of Borges, and consists in 3250 box trees that reproduce the poet’s name as if it were written on the pages of a huge open book. Inside the maze is also inserted a handrail in order to help blind people to find their way out; the condition that the poet met in the ’50s.

Villa Giusti, Verona
One of the oldest labyrinths of Europe: in the forest hedges, small but difficult in the track, was already included in the original sixteenth century building. Romantic, from the bell-tower runs a spiral staircase that leads to the panoramic terrace. Would Romeo and Juliet have liked the terrace?

The bamboo maze of Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato
300 square meters and 8 hectares of maze with three kilometers of trail. It is the maze’s largest bamboo in the world, the one built by the publisher Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato, in the province of Parma. “The idea I got it from my friends inspired writers Borges and Italo Calvino. The labyrinth is a symbol, it is a state of beauty,” he said to HuffPost. At the center of the labyrinth there is a pyramid, which contains a chapel, three restaurants, library, meeting areas, a ballroom and exhibition spaces. It arises around a museum, an archive and a library.

Villa Lante, Bagnaia
One of the most beautiful parks in the sixteenth century mannerist, voted “Italy’s Most Beautiful Park” in 2011. The maze of Villa Lante, in Lazio, is not particularly complicated, but hidden inside the majestic Fountain of Giambologna Mori.

Castle San Pelagio, Padua
This Venetian Castle mazes two houses: the Minotaur (1,200 square meters, with more than 1000 plants Leylandi nearly 3 meters high) and the mirrors (the most simple, no dead ends). The first is hidden a true minotaur (stone). The second one is dedicated to D’Annunzio: the hall of mirrors symbolizing the concept of “double identity”.