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A summer of music – musical events, festivals and concerts. August 2016

This summer in Emilia-Romagna life is to the beat of music.  Again this year there will be a wide range of proposed events that will be held in excellent locations both in big towns and small ones, at the sea, in the cities of art and in the Apennines, which will be the backdrop to numerous happenings, many of which are free of charge with big names in music. From the huge calendar of events, we would like to highlight some of the main festivals and summer series, which run the gamut of every kind of music, from rhythm and blues to pop and rock, from classical music to contemporary sounds and folk, offering something for every kind of audience and preference.


Our journey among the notes starts with the 16th edition of Emilia Romagna Festival, the biggest summer festival of the region which offers 41 events until September 10, located throughout the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna and nearby areas, and, as always, in exceptional places dedicated to the discovery of nature, architectonic traditions and culture. "Building Bridges”, focusing on the importance of cultural bridges, which are today more than ever occasions to build dialogue, exchange and mutual understanding, is the theme if this year’s edition.

Also in our region is a festival totally in touch with nature in the “Parks of Music”. Wonderful locations inside the Parks of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, from castles to gardens and woods, from visitor centers to squares, all of these will become the natural setting of concerts to be enjoyed while discovering the rich Parma and Piacenza heritage. Until September 4.


The sounds and notes of summer will accompany the public in their discovery of serendipity, those happy coincidences, those alchemies that Music in the Castle gives to its public.  This Emilia festival, on schedule until August 30 with free admission, will be held during 25 magical summer evenings in unique places with extraordinary singer-songwriters, great artists, and prestigious orchestras, hosted in castles, fortresses, parish churchyards, old farmhouse yards, gardens of ancient villas, squares and places usually closed to the public in the Lands of Verdi near Parma and reaching both Piacenza and Reggio Emilia. Coming soon is the style of Fabio Concato (Wednesday, August 3, Sorbolo, Pr), the unmistakeable rhythm of the Raffaella Romagnolo Blanco Notes Band (Thursday, August 4, Fontanellato, Pr), the voice of Claudio Lauretta (Friday, August 5, Zibello, Pr), the femininity of Amalia Ruocco (Saturday, August 20, Fontevivo, Pr), followed by the great Enrico Ruggeri (Friday, August 26, Fontevivo, Pr). Closing out the events of this festival is the Leo Nucci Italian Chamber Opera Ensemble (Tuesday, August 30, Polesine, Pr).


Also in Emilia this summer a prestigious itinerant festival of ethic and folk music will be held.  The 21st edition of Mundus, on schedule until August 15, will spread its vibrations among the territories in and around Reggio Emilia. The last three events in the month of August will be with Cristina Donà, Rita Marcotulli, Enzo Pietropaoli, Fabrizio Bosso, Javier Girotto, Saverio Lanza, and Cristiano Calcagnile, in honor of Fabrizio de Andrè, on August 1st; the African singer Mariama in "Moments like these", on August 3; and Enzo Pietropaoli in “Yatra Quartet” and "Line for Chet" a tribute to Chet Baker, on August 15.


Those who instead are in Bologna during the month of August should not miss "Atti Sonori... Il teatro Musicale d'Estate!". Outdoors in the Courtyard of the Piccolo Teatro del Baraccano you can spend twelve nights enjoying concerts and musicals, silent films and symphonies, all after having a tasty aperitif. August 1-31.



Street musicians from all over the world will gather in the lagoon town of Comacchio for the Preview Buskers Festival on August 19. After this opening event the real festival in the heart of Ferrara will be held from August 20 to 21 and August 23 to 28. Ferrara Buskers Festival is in fact an exciting world tour of familiar and exotic sounds, a fun treasure hunt to discover original instruments, imaginative performances, and flashy costumes. About 1000 musicians will perform with more than 100 free shows a day.


There will be a lot of music also on the beach, at the first light of dawn, for a unique sensory experience. Night owls and early birds can meet up at the Lidi di Comacchio (Fe), with the suave notes of classical music. Until August 28.


Unexpected sounds will again be at the heart of the 51st edition of the concert series Musica Pomposa, held in the evocative setting of the thousand year old Abbey of Pomposa, near the Lidi di Comacchio.  In August, there will be concerts with La Serenissima - La scuola veneziana, Monday, August 1; In rima e senza: Bassani in musica, Tuesday, August 9; and Fantasias Flamencas, Monday, August 22.


In Milano Marittima on August 14 an important birthday will be celebrated, that of the birth of this town. On August 14, 1912 that town that would come to be known as the “garden city” of the Adriatic and the beach of people from Milan, an elegant town with a lush pinewoods, refined shops and trendy bars was born. The heart of this little town will be filled with events and concerts to wish a "Happy Birthday Milano Marittima" all together.  The morning after, on August 15 at 6.00am, everyone can go straight to the beach to see the sun rise, magically accompanied by the Grande Orchestra Città di Cervia.


In Ravenna there will be the 55th International Festival of Organ Music, the most historic in Italy, in which every year the best international artists come to play the ancient Mascioni organ in the very beautiful Basilica di San Vitale, a UNESCO heritage site. This festival, on schedule until August 29, welcomes artists not just from Italy but also from Germany and Russia.


Also in the city of mosaics is the music festival "Sotto le Stelle di Galla Placidia" now in its 13th edition. In the heart of Ravenna, just a few steps away from Dante Alighieri’s tomb, the concerts on the porch of the Basilica San Francesco will run throughout the month of August with everything from Argentinian music to swing, with both Italian artists and foreign musicians as well. August 2-23.

Also in the province of Ravenna, in Riolo Terme, the 23rd edition of  Frogstock - the end of summer rock festival - will take place. The festival is held in the Riolo River park from August 24 to 27 and will host artists on its stage such as I Ministri, Tre Allegri ragazzi Morti, Teatro degli Orrori and Speed Stroke. At the end of the concerts every evening there will be once again the adrenalin filled after-shows at the Joker Disco Bar.


Every Thursday in Cesena there will be the traditional concert series "Sere d'Estate" held in the lovely setting of the Chiostro di San Francesco on three more dates: August 11 the 3Monti Band, on August 18 the Ensemble Rock in Frack and lastly on August 25 the show "I mimi della lirica città di Ravenna in Tosca di G. Puccini"


Just inland from Rimini, the lovely town of Valmarecchia, a Villanovan archeological site and hometown of the Malatesta noble family dynasty, will host the 32nd edition of the Verucchio Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Ludovico Einaudi. Closing out this festival are Remo Anzovino, on Tuesday, August 2, and Ludovico Einaudi, on Thursday, August 4.



In Rimini the turning of summer into fall is marked by the prestigious Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, now in its 67th edition, one of the oldest Italian music festivals that focuses on great symphonic orchestras, conductors and internationally known soloists, besides original projects where music is interwoven with other arts.  The first event in the symphonic concert series is on August 30 and it will host the capable baton of the charismatic conductor Yannik Nézet-Séguin together with the talented brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon - on the violin and cello, respectively, for the Double Concert of Johannes Brahms - and the prestigious Rotterdam Philharmonic which will also play the first Symphony if Gustav Mahler with the Canadian conductor. The music events of this festival begin on August 12 and continue until October 30.


See the complete calendar of musical events in Emilia Romagna

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