Easter Music for Lucca


Thursday 3rd (9 pm, Teatro Del Giglio) the Lucca in Musica festival with the Italian Youth Orchestra conducted by John Axelrod begins. The program includes music by Wagner and Tchaikovsky. On Friday the 11th (9 pm, Basilica of San Frediano), the Orchestra and Choir of the Boccherini conservatoire conducted by GianPaolo Mazzoli play music by Giacomo Puccini and Fortunato Magi.

The concert will be opened on Saturday, 5th (5 pm, Sala di rappresentanza, Palazzo Ducale) by a conference by Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Herbert Handt. Wednesday 23rd (9 pm, Teatro Del Giglio) concert by the Chamber Orchestra of Mantua with the Trio di Parma, conducted by Enrico Bronzi. The program includes music by Boccherini, Kodaly and Beethoven. On Thursday 24th, at the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini, Enrico Bronzi will hold a cello master class. On Saturday 26th Herbert Handt and Marco Mangani will hold a conference on “The Symphonies of Luigi Boccherini.”

Some movies will be shown on Friday, 4th (9.30 pm, Auditorium in San Micheletto) Il Concerto by Radu Mihaileanu; Wednesday 9th (9.30 pm, Auditorium of Fondazione BML) A slum symphony, documentary film, Tuesday 15th (9.30 pm Cinema Astra) Quartetto Basileus.

For more information http://www.associazionemusicalelucchese.it, tickets at booking office Teatro Del Giglio 0583 465 320.


Saturday, 12th at 9 pm in the Hall of the Archbishop, under the patronage of the diocese of Lucca there will be the première of  Piero Nissim’s Stabat Mater on the classic text by Jacopone. The Pisan composer is also part of the vocal group that will perform the work together with Maria Bruno, Riccardo Guercio and Lucia Pfanner (see photo). Franco Meoli at the organ will conduct the ensemble. In the second part of the concert Piero Nissim (with Maria Bruno) will perform some of his sacred music on texts by Teresa de Avila, the Jewish liturgy and his own texts. Free admission.

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Sunday, April 13th, Palm Sunday, at 6 pm, in the Church of SS. Annunziata, in the historical Via Regia, the Schola Cantorum Ave Maria in Viareggio will perform the Stabat Mater and Via Crucis with words by Jacopone and music by Viareggio composer Marco Trasatti. The whole will be illustrated with sixteen paintings by master artist Franco Anichini. Everyone present will receive a free booklet of the event with the paintings representing the Stations of the Cross and the translations from the Latin with explanations of the various meanings. Free admission.


The Academy of Montegral conducted by Gustav Kuhn organizes on Sunday 20th at 10:30 am, at the Convento dell’Angelo (above Ponte a Moriano, see picture), the Easter Mass officiated by the Passionist Fathers, with the participation of singers and pianists of the Academy. This year we will have most of the artists who from 12th to 18th April, at the Academy, are rehearsing Mozart’s Così fan tutte, which will be staged next winter in the new theatre of the Tiroler Festspiele. Also performed will be pieces by Vivaldi, Liszt, Franck, Montegral, Dubois, Bizet, Bach, Mozart and Puccini. Free shuttle service available from the parking lot of Ponte a Moriano (behind the Theatre) from 9 pm onwards and return starting at 11.30pm. Info: 0583-406300, 348-6040906.

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Friday 4th at 8.45 PM at the Auditorium of the Scuola Sinfonia Symphony (via Nazario Sauro, 527) as part of the “Venerdì di Sinfonia” series: two musical fairy tales the Chick and the Fox and Dinosaurs from Le Novelle di Tommaso written (music and lyrics) by Francesco Cipriano (see photo) and printed by Rugginenti Milanese publisher. At the piano the author will accompany the narrator Silvia Tocchini. The public can interview the author after the performance. Free admission.

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Monday 7th (5.30 PM), at the Church of Santa Maria Court Orlandini, the circle hosts a choir from the United States. Programme of sacred music and religious season of Lent. Free Entry. Sunday 13th (5.30 PM) at the Auditorium Vincenzo da Massa Carrara at Porcari, the circolo Catalani hosts the usual Easter Concert with the Camerata Medici (string quartet, see photos) and the soprano Simona Bottari. Monday, 21st the club organizes a coach trip to Montecatini Val Di Cecina and Pomarance with a guided tour of the mine’s copper and the medieval village of Pomarance and the Bicocchi Palace Museum. Packed Lunches. Starting at 8 am, returning between 7 and 8 pm. Information and bookings by 10 April: 347 9951581


Saturday 12th (5 pm , Teatro del Giglio ) there will be a concert by the Esagramma symphony orchestra (see photo) made up of professional musicians and people with disabilities or severe mental illness To introduce the concert , Wednesday 9th at 9.30 pm, in  the Auditorium Fondazione Banca del Monte, there will be a screening of the documentary film “A slum symphony” directed by Barbarossa Cristiano and shot in violent neighbourhoods of Venezuela with hundreds of thousands of children saved from marginalization through the study of classical music. Free admission. Tickets can be picked up at the booking office of the Teatro Del Giglio (0583 465 320).


Tuesday 22nd (9 pm, Artè centre of Capannori, Via Carlo Piaggia) there will be a concert including the Naturfreunde choir (see photo), from the German town of Hochstadt, conducted by Willi Bull. The evening will start with Le Pizzorne male choir conducted by Luigi Della Maggiora with songs of the mountains. Thursday 24th (9 pm, the centre Artè) there will be an evening entitled “Liberation”, with images tied to Lucca and Capannori of that period and songs in memory of the 70th anniversary of the liberation from the Nazis. Free admission.


Monday, 14th, at Lucca’s Palasport the musical “In the kingdom of Oz”, adapted from the story “The Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum, with music by Francesco Rinaldi will be staged. There are two performances: 10 am for schools and 2.45 pm for the general public. Tickets cost 5 euro. Participating are the Rainbow Choir conducted by Cristina Torselli (composer of the musical arrangements), pupils from various schools of Capannori, the instrumental, choreographic and drama group of the Rainbow Choir (see photos from last year). Info: 0583 981721


The Cenacolo delle Muse is organizing a trip on April 5th to the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, for a performance at 6 pm of Rossini’s Maometto II. Roberto Abbado conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Rome Opera, conducted by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Cantor Roberto Gabbiani. The cast is made ​​up of Juan Francisco Gatell, Marina Rebeka, Kolosova Alisa and Alex Esposito. For information call Francesco Lucchese: 339 8039492

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With the conference Mascagni, this stranger curated by Fulvio Venturi and Didier Pieri (April 4th, at 5 pm) the “Boccherini OPEN” season continues with another month full of events in the Auditorium in Suffragio square, with free admission. Monday 7th at 5.30 pm, afternoon devoted to contemporary music titled Flauto ex Machina, with Filippo Rogai flute and Fabio De Sanctis De Benedictis at the computer. Tuesday 8th, at 6 pm, there will be a meeting titled La musica come personaggio nel cinema with the participation of Oscar winner Dario Marianelli (see photo). Wednesday 16th at 5.30 pm concert by the regional orchestra of flutes. The piano graduates of Maestro Aquiles Delle Vigne, Aldo Dotto and Eva Szalai, will be the stars of the concert on April 26th at 9 pm. Finally, on Tuesday the 29th at 5 pm there will be a conference – concert titled Giuseppe Lorenzo Pagnucci, Giuseppe Lorenzo Luti e altri Autori. Presenter Laura Meozzi, piano Richard Peruzzi, Silvia Bianchini and Deborah Camarlinghi. Info: http://www.boccherini.it


Saturday 26th at 9 pm the 51st edition of the Music Festival of Lucca will begin. This is a historic spring event dedicated to sacred music with nine concerts. Free admission. The first concert will take place in San Pietro Somaldi church with a recital by Lucca organist Enrico Barsanti (see photo). The program includes music by Bach, Dorati, Malvezzi, Muffat, Girolami, Spigots, Gherardeschi, Wely, Perosi and Young. La Sagra Musicale Lucchese continues the artistic season with more concerts in May and June.

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The “Mozart Così fan tutte” project dedicated to the great musician in Salzburg continues with the Scompiglio Vorno cultural association. Saturday, April 26th at 9 pm in the performance room of the estate there is an “I like Mozart” concert performed by some of the best musicians in Lucca who perform Mozart’s clarinet quintet K581, Rossini’s cat duet, Contino variations by Michele Dall’Ongaro, and Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals. Performers are Carlo Palese and Simone Soldati at the piano, Alberto Bologni and Cristina Papini on the violin, the violist Thomas Valenti, Carlo Benvenuti on the cello, Gabriele Ragghianti on bass, Giulia Matteucci flute , clarinettist Remo Pieri, Antonio Caggiano on xylophone and glockenspiel, conductor Erasmo Gaudiomonte. Tickets (full price € 12, reduced € 7) at the booking office of the SPE, tel. 0583 971125 or: biglietteria@delloscompiglio.org


The “Puccini and his Lucca” festival gives concerts every day at 7 pm in the Oratorio di San Giuseppe in Piazza Antelminelli, next to the cathedral. The concerts will take place in the winter headquarters in the heated auditorium: Mondays “Mozart and Puccini”, Tuesdays “Puccini’s Women”, Wednesdays “Evening of Italian Opera”, Thursdays “Puccini and Verdi”, Fridays “Puccini Opera recital”, Saturdays “an evening at the opera“, Sundays “Puccini and traditional Neapolitan song.” Each evening two soloists from the “Puccini and his Lucca” festival will be accompanied on the piano by Diego Fiorini.

Until April 26, the concerts will take place in the Oratorio di San Giuseppe at the Museum of the Cathedral and then will move to the Church of San Giovanni, the official site of the Festival. Tickets (full price € 20 – € 16 for reduced Lucca, students under 23 and groups) can be purchased from 6 pm to 7.15 pm every day at the festival box office at the Oratorio di San Giuseppe; reservations at 340 8106042, or online at: info @ musick.it


On Sunday, April 6th at 9.15 pm in the Chiesa dei Servi the fifteenth year of the Festival of Easter and Pentecost, organized by English World in collaboration with the “Puccini and his Lucca” Festival and the patronage of the banking foundations of Lucca, will start. The evening will see a performance of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lucca, conducted by Andrea Colombini (see photo), with a symphonic program that will include music by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner concluding with the Symphony No. 4 in E minor , Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. On this occasion there will be fourteen concerts in the Festival of Easter and Pentecost and the third symphony season of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Lucca. Free admission for all residents of the province of Lucca. Seating up to availability but by reservation only by calling 340 8106042; info: info@puccinielasualucca.com.

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The tenth edition of the Cantiere Della Musica sponsored by the Lucca Federation of musical associations with the support of the banking foundations, the city of Lucca and the patronage of the Province and the Archdiocese of Lucca continues. Sunday, April 27th at 5.30 PM in the hall of the fresco of San Micheletto there will be an operetta concert. Performances of famous arias, duets, choruses from L’ Acqua Cheta by G.Pietri, The Merry Widow by Lehàr, Les Contes d’ Hoffmann by Offenbach, Si by Mascagni and Al Cavallino Bianco by Benatzky. Main performers will be Livorno’s Mascagni choir conducted by Giorgio Maroni accompanied on the piano by Patrizia Freschi and Tiziano Mangani; soloists Laura Peschiera, soprano and Paolo Morelli, baritone (see photo). Free admission.


In April will be held the last two Sunday morning concerts at Villa Bertelli in Forte dei Marmi sponsored by the “F. Geminiani” Francigena International Academy of Music Arts Festival in collaboration with the Fondazione Villa Bertelli. Sunday 6th at 12 am recital by pianist Massimo Barsotti who will play the Grand Concert Solo by F. Liszt, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin and Paraphrase from West Side Story by Bernstein composed by the same Barsotti. On April 13th, at 12 noon, last appointment with the recital of Giuseppe Lo Cicero (see picture), entirely devoted to piano music by Chopin. Free admission. Information at http://www.villabertelli.it



The Wesley Orchestra from Melbourne will perform a concert on Sunday 13th at 4 pm in the Loggia of the Praetorian Palace in Piazza San Michele. The Australian Orchestra, along with its choir, will also perform that evening at 9 pm in the church of S. Maria Corteorlandini (S. Maria Nera).

Monday, 14th Tuesday at 9 pm, there will be a choral concert of sacred music by the East Hampton High School Camerata and Belle Voci. The concert is included in the 12th festival “On the paths of music” vocal group promoted by Lucca’s “Il Baluardo” and under the artistic direction of Elio Antichi. Free admission.


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