New Year Music

Here is a list as complete as it can be for the present of musical events in Lucca province for the month of January 2014. Enjoy!

THE ASSOCIAZIONE MUSICALE SPEAKS MORE AND MORE “LUCCHESE”

Sunday 12th the fifty-year old Associazione Musicale Lucchese begins its chamber music season with a concert by three Lucca artists. Anselmo Simini (violin) and Edoardo Barsotti (piano) (see photo) will perform alongside the well-known double-bass player Gabriele Ragghanti (see photo), formerly with the Solisti Veneti and currently teaching at the Boccherini conservatoire and at London’s Royal College. The program includes works by Mozart, Bottesini, Franck and Boccherini. Sunday 19th, the Chinese pianist Jin Ju will play Beethoven, Schubert and Czerny. Finally, on Sunday 26th, a trio consisting of Cristiano Rossi (violin) (see picture), Andrea Nannoni (cello) and Simone Soldati (piano) will perform Ravel and Debussy. The concerts are at 5 pm in the San Micheletto auditorium. Tickets are 12 euros, reduced 10 euros, under 14s free.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT WITH THE BAGPIPES AND DRUMS OF THE SCOTS GUARD

On the 31st, the Teatro Del Giglio will host a great concert, running until late and organized by the “Puccini and his Lucca” festival. At 10 pm soloists, accompanied on the piano by Diego Fiorini, will perform arias by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and Neapolitan songs. The Swinging London Beatles Ensemble, led by guitarist Meme Lucarelli, will perform music by the Beatles. From about 11 pm the Scots Guards and the orchestra will carry on the show until about 1 .30 am. The evening will be hosted by Meme Lucarelli. Tickets range from a minimum price of € 20 to a maximum of € 50 (there are various types of discounts). Info and reservations at the theatre box office phone 0583 465 320.

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PIETRO DE MARIA PLAYS CHOPIN AT THE “SUFFRAGIO”

Monday, January 6th, pianist Pietro De Maria will play in a concert organized by the Pellicano association, part of Burlamacchi lodge no. 1113. The free event is at 5.30 pm in the Suffragio auditorium of the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini. It’s part of a collaboration offering three grants from the Masonic lodge to three “Boccherini” students. Pietro De Maria will play an entirely Chopin program.

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE BARBER OF SEVILLE IN MONACO

Saturday 11th (8.30 pm) and Sunday 12th (4.30 pm) at Montecarlo’s Teatro degli Rassicurati (see photo) Rossini’s Barber of Seville will be performed by LuccaOPERAfestival. The cast is made ​​up of young emerging international opera singers: Nicholas Ayroldi ( Figaro ), Maren Favela (Rosina ), Francisco Brito ( Count Almaviva ), Roberto Lorenzi ( Don Basilio ), Carlo Torriani ( Don Bartolo) , Sara De Flaviis ( Berta ) . Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Brandani. Stage settings by Francesca Pieretti. Info and reservations: luccaoperafestival@gmail.com

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MOZART AND NOT ONLY AT THE SCOMPIGLIO

Saturday, January 25th at 7 pm the “Cameristi of Rome” (soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, viola, basset horns) present, at the Scompiglio estate Vorno, a show called ” Mozart Rarities” where Mozart’s divertimenti for three basset horns and nocturnes for three voices and three basset horns are played together with works by twentieth century composers Kurtág, Henze and Penderecki. Admission: € 12, (reductions € 7). Info and reservations 0583 971 475.

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SEVENTH “MUSICA RAGAZZI” SEASON BEGINS

In January, “Musica Ragazzi” resumes its activity with the AML, helping young people listen to and understand music. Friday 24th, at 10:30 am, there will be a concert by the orchestra and choir of the Liceo Musicale “A. Passaglia” conducted by Mauro Fabbri and Guido Masini. The concert will be repeated on Tuesday 28th at 9:30 am at the “Carducci “school, Lucca.

MUSICAL, COMEDY AND HOPE…

Sunday at 4.30 pm at Lucca’s Sports Palace a charity there’s a show titled ” Musical, Comedy … and Hope ” with the participation of many artists led by comedian Paolo Ruffini (see photo) who have joined the initiative with proceeds going to benefit the “Children in Hospitals” association, the HIV / AIDS reception centre and the Italian Parkinson’s disease association. Admission is € 15 and € 10 reduced (under 12).

KEVIN SPAGNOLO AND STEFANO TEANI ON RAI UNO

Kevin Pedro Spagnolo and Stefano Teani, two of the best students of the Istituto Musicale “L. Boccherini” will be performing in the TV show “Uno mattina in famiglia ” broadcast on RAI UNO on Saturday, January 4th at 9 am. The well-known television program promotes a tournament of musical excellence whose performers are the best students of musical institutes, with winners selected through televoting at the end of each show. Kevin Spagnolo and Stefano Teani, students of Professors Remo Pieri and Maria Gloria Belli, will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Flight of the Bumble Bee in the version for clarinet and piano. Viewers will be able to vote for their favourites by phoning 894 433 or (mobile phone) 478 4785.

EPIPHANY CONCERT BY LUCCA’S S.CECILIA CHAPEL CHOIR

As part of the “Cantiere di Natale” festival, the “Santa Cecilia” chapel choir will perform an Epiphany Concert on Monday, January 6th at 5.30 pm in the Cathedral of San Martino. Performers are the Chapel Choir, conducted by Luca Bacci, and the children’s “Santa Cecilia” choir conducted by Sara Matteucci, with flautist Julia Matteucci. Both choirs will be accompanied on the piano and organ by Giulia Biagetti. Music will range from classical and contemporary to traditional Christmas carols. The concert will be preceded by the celebration of Epiphany Vespers of Epiphany sung by Lucca’s prestigious choir. Admission is free.

THE LAND OF BELLS

The “Allegra Operetta” company, with the school of symphonic music, presents a selection from the operetta Il paese dei campanelli by Carlo Lombardi and Virgilio Ranzato. The show, produced by Dante Francesconi and Cosetta Gigli, is on Saturday 18th at 9 pm and Sunday 19th at 4pm in the Teatro Comunale Nieri at Ponte a Moriano.

The characters are played by Cosetta Gigli, Luca Rugani, Guido Quilici, Silvia Poli, Monica Puccetti, Dante Francesconi, Giuseppe Lencioni, Giuseppe Bartoli, Matilde Ragghianti and Luca Giannecchini. The Sin-Tonia choir, conducted by Simona Gemignani, and the company of the Torrini Ballet School directed by Maria Letizia Torrini, will also take part. Admission is € 10 (free for under 12 year olds).

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EXCURSION TO SEE NABUCCO WITH THE CATALANI CIRCLE

The “Alfredo Catalani” friends of music circle of Porcari and Lucca are organizing an excursion to Florence’s Teatro Comunale to see Verdi’s Nabucco directed by Renato Palumbo and conducted by Leo Muscato. The main performers will be Leo Nucci (Nabucco), Luciano Ganci (Ishmael), Riccardo Zanellato (Zechariah) and Anna Pirozzi (Abigail). Information and bookings phone: 347 9951581.

MUSICIANS OF THE “BOCCHERINI” MUSIC COLLEGE INAUGURATE LUCCA’S NEW HOSPITAL

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new “San Luca” hospital the USL n. 2 health district of Lucca has organized a series of concerts with the quartet classes (Prof. Paul Ardinghi ) , chamber music classes (Prof. Marco Boccassini ) and Flute classes (Prof. Philip Rogai ) of the “L. Boccherini” music college . On Saturday 18th at 11 am is a series of concerts in the new hospital. In its lobby there is a string quartet concert with Giulia Manfredini and Tommaso Toni (violins), Francesco Scarpetti (viola) and Silvio Risaliti (cello). At various points in the hospital a flute duet (Agnese Manfredini and Chiara Fiorentini) and flute and guitar duo (David Buonaguidi-Giacomo Martinelli and Chiara Formichi-Gabriele Andreotti) will perform. Admission is free.

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