October Music for Lucca

As I’ve promised I’ve tried to get you next month’s musical events for Lucca province to you ASAP.I’ve just the received the details from Lucca Musica (where I am classed as a collaborator). Here they are then. Let everyone take their favouries out of the little cornucopia this part of the world can present to mélomanes (as the French say).

For one, I’m definately going for the Bruckner eighth. I haven’t heard Bruckner live for yonks and certainly never in Lucca! Colombini is a brilliant and highly-charged conductor, very much at ease with the peculiar English musical idiom and whose concert in celebration of Her Majesty’s diamond Jubilee last year was overwhelmingly idiomatic, even including Elgar’s very last Pomp and Circumstance march written in 1930 at the back of his Rolls while the chauffeur was driving him round the marvellous countryside that is  Worcestershire..

Mexican organists of the Baroque also sound fascinating and I have a soft spot for that Beethoven septet (which Beethoven didn’t, hating its popularity)

And as for The Tales of Hoffman – that clearly must be on my list too!


The Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrea Colombini gives two important concerts this month. Tuesday 8th, is a Grand Gala of Richard Wagner‘s operatic and orchestral excerpts from Die Meistersinger, Tannhauser, Die Walküre and Tristan and Isolde. Soloists will be the internationally renowned soprano Francesca Patane and tenor Nicola Simone Mugnaini.

Tuesday 22nd, is another important concert by the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrea Colombini with a performance of Anton Bruckner’s mighty Eighth Symphony in the 1887/1890 version. The two concerts start at 9.15 pm and will be used to raise funds for charities. Info: 340 8106042


On Friday 18th at 9.15 pm, in the Auditorium of the School of Symphonic Music, the Catalani club presents a concert called l’intimismo dei Lieder. The well-known soprano Laura Polverelli (see photo) accompanied on piano by Laura Pasqualetti sings lieder by Wagner, Fauré, Massenet, Debussy and Poulenc. Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, the club organizes a trip to La Scala for a performance of Giuseppe Verdi‘s Don Carlo. Star of the evening will be the Lucchese baritone Massimo Cavalletti in the role of Rodrigo. Conductor is Fabio Luisi. The trip will also visit Giuseppe Verdi’s tomb at the Monumental Cemetery in Milan and the beautiful artists’ rest house commissioned by Giuseppe Verdi. Info and reservations: 347 9951581


Saturday 12th at 9.15 pm, in the Ademollo Hall of the Palazzo Ducale, the ninth Lucca Jazz Donna Festival begins with a concert by the Gershwin Quintet and Bate Boca. Free admission. The festival continues on Thursday 17th at 9.15 pm in the San Girolamo theatre with a concert called Le emozioni degli istrumenti (“The Italian Colour of Jazz” and ” Francesca Bertazzo Hart Quintet”), Friday 18th with a double appointment at San Girolamo: at 5.30 pm a lecture-concert entitled Women and Jazz: musical adventures and, at 9.15 pm, with a show, le emozioni delle voci. Finally, on Saturday 19th (San Girolamo theatre 9.15 pm) a performance by Giovanni Tommaso’s Plus Trio. For ticket prices and information, visit http://www.luccajazzdonna.it


Saturday, from 5 to 9 pm, in the parish church of Camigliano the XXXV Camiglianese Choral festival, which every year attracts an international level of choral singing, will take place. This year, after the evening’s opening given by the G. Puccini choir of Camigliano conducted by Luigi Della Maggiora the event’s organizer, we will hear a performance by the S. Martino di Prato choir conducted by Leonardo Gabuzzini, who will sing songs from operettas and Verdi choruses, and the ” Friends of the Mountain” choir from Origgio in Varese province who specialise in in mountain songs and are conducted by Raffaele Ceriani.


The Brunier Cultural Artistic association Laboratory is organizing a course in choral singing for anyone interested in developing their musicality. The course, directed by Guido Masini, will begin in October at the premises of the association in Piazza S. Romano, Lucca. Info: aac.laboratoriobrunier @ virgilio.it or by calling 347 6254609.


In October, the “Boccherini OPEN”, the annual season of the “Boccherini” Musical Institute starts. Thursday, from 3 to 9 pm, Francesco Demegni present Modern music Evolutions, while on the weekend of October 5th and 6th there will be Performances Boccherini, with the Institute’s best students. This starts on Saturday, 5th (6 pm) with a Debussy concert by Aldo Dotto (piano), the clarinet and Gloria Cervelli (clarinet) and Cristina Papini (violin). Also on Saturday 5th, at 9 pm, Arianna Tarantino (piano) and Fabia Simini (cello) perform music by Boccherini, Beethoven and Brahms. Sunday 6th (6 pm) Francesco Gatti, Lara Berti, Sara Tomei (flute), Simon Rugani, Cristian Monti (piano), Elisa Barsella, Lara Petri, Francesco Scarpetti (violas) will perform with twentieth century music. Finally, the 6th at 9 pm, a piano recital by Sofia Gazzola with music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Special guest this month will be the Tangram Chamber Project (see photo), consisting of young players and award-winning musicians, who will perform on Friday, 25th at 9 pm. The ensemble, consisting of Clarice Curradi (violin), Giacomo Vai (viola), Simone Centauro (cello), Marco Martelli (double-bass), Giovanni Vai (clarinet), Francesca Alterio (bassoon ) and Massimo Marconi ( horn), play Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major, Op. 20 and Bruch’s Septet in E flat major. All concerts will be held in the Auditorium of the “L. Boccherini ” musical institute in Piazza del Suffrage. Free entry. Info: http://www.boccherini.it


In October the “The Hidden Theatres of Lucca” tours continue. The Teatro Del Giglio, in collaboration with the Consortium Turislucca Guide, offers the chance of rediscovering theatrical spaces hidden in the historical buildings of the centre with a walking tour, enriched by vintage images and pleasant surprises of live music, narrating the world of drama, meetings and cultural life which over the centuries has inspired the city of Lucca.

Appointments are on 19th and 26th, departing at 3 pm, in Piazza San Frediano. Ticket € 10. Reservations are compulsory at the Giglio Theatre booking office. Tel 0583 465320.


In October you can buy subscriptions for the 2013-2014 opera season at the Teatro Del Giglio. The theatre will present Bizet’s Carmen (23rd and 24th November), Verdi’s Falstaff (13th and 15th December), Cimarosa’s Secret Marriage (7th and 9th February) and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (22nd and 23rd February). Old subscriptions will be confirmed until 11th October while from 12th to 31st new subscriptions will be sold. Info 0583 465 330.



The “Domenico di Lorenzo” association  presents four concerts performed on the territory’s historic organs with the sponsorship of the Cassa di Risparmio di San Miniato SpA and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. The first event is on Friday 18th in the church of S. Filippo, where the organist Enrico Barsanti plays Italian and transalpine composers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on  Michelangelo Crudeli’s valuable instrument. Friday 25th, Mexican organist Victor Contreras (see photo) will perform a program devoted to music by Mexican composers between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries on the organ of St. Peter Somaldi. Wednesday 30th, a trio consisting of Monica Piccinini (soprano), Patxi Montero (viola da gamba) and Daniele Boccaccio (organ), will present music by Italian seventeenth and eighteenth century organists on the instrument attributed to Domenico Pucci in the church of San Salvatore della Misericordia. The concerts, starting at 9.15 pm, are free. Info: tel. 338 3221217 – 339 7591128.


Thursday, October 3rd at 5 pm, in the Church of Santa Giulia in Piazza del Suffragio, the Mirò Trio will present a concert featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a version for string trio. The concert will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of paintings by C. Cherchi, G. Giudice and M. Vertuccio. The Trio Mirò, formed by Carlo Alberto Valenti (violin), Claudio Valenti (viola) and Carlo Benvenuti (cello), is part of a larger musical group called the “Miró Ensemble”. Admission is free.


The last concert of the fifth season of the “Suoni di Lucca – Musica a Palazzo Pfanner” will be held on Sunday 6th at 9.15 pm at Palazzo Pfanner in via degli Asili no. 33. Matthew Fallon (piano) Marco Zoni (flute) will perform music by Schumann, Casella, Fallon, Gaubert, Agricole Gènin and Borne. At the end of the concert there will be a tasting of a typical Luccan liqueur: “The Biadina Tista.” The entrance ticket (€ 5) can be purchased at the concert venue. Info: http://www.orchestraluigiboccherini.it


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