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A sea of music 2014

Once again this year you can spend your holiday in Romagna in the company of great music and prestigious international and Italian artists.  With concerts at sunset and sunrise, musical festivals on the beach and in the towns nearby, here are the main events of the packed musical program of the Adriatic Coast .

 

In Ravenna do not miss the longest running organ event in Italy, the 53rd International Festival of Organ Music , where the best international artists come to perform playing the ancient Mascioni organ in the beautiful Basilica di San Vitale, a UNESCO heritage site. Inaugurating the festival on Monday, July 14 is the Organ and Chorus of the Associazione Polifonica di Ravenna, followed, on July 21 by the Organ and Ensemble of Ottoni “Niccolò Piccinini”. Closing out the month on July 28 is the organist Jhoannes Skudlik. Admission to the festival is free.

 

Also near Ravenna, in Cotignola, just a few kilometers from the sea, music, poetry and art will come together in a very special setting,  "In the bails of hay arena", among blades of grass and vine amphorae, the public will be delighted by the sounds of violins and cellos, dances and songs.  Visitors can also enjoy aperitifs with music and participate in unique events at the first light of dawn.  Among the various artists worth mentioning is Ramin Bahrami who will perform on July 20 in the Goldberg Variations.  From July 17 to 22.

 

A unique sensory experience can be had by night owls and early birds alike at the "Concerts at dawn" on the beaches of Cesenatico (Fc). This event is in fact at 6 o'clock in the morning; at the first light of day spectators can enjoy, free of charge, a show of Italian music, jazz, blues, 80s music, ethnic wind instruments, folk and rock and roll. July 5, 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 15.

Also in Cesenatico, delicate smooth sounds can be heard in the calm of the Piazzetta delle Conserve for the occasion of "Nights at the Conserve". The chamber music concerts, all with free admission, will host the notes of Castania, Salzedo, Pachelbel, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak, just to name a few. July 8, 15, 29 and August 5, 12, 19.

Moving just inland of Forli, there is in Bertinoro and Fratta Terme a whole festival dedicated to female artists of the jazz and blues music scene. "Jazz women in blues" is an event free of charge that this year will host Miss Eliana, Joyce Elaine Yuille Quintetto, Lisa Hunt Soul Band, Laura Avanzolini Project feat. Fabio Petretti, Raquel Martinez & Andrea Dessì Trio and Vhelade Soul Quartet. July 5, 6, 11, 12, 19, 20.

With a program dedicated to versatility and great orchestras, the Emilia Romagna Festival is back for a musical journey around the world, from ancient music to contemporary. From July 22 to September 16, the 14th edition of this Italian festival will gather together musicians and orchestras from all over the world for 40 stops in five provinces (Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini), in the historic-architectonic and natural heritage of this territory through the many fascinating places that make up the program. The festival starts out with Russia, with the great musician and composer Sofija Gubajdulina the exceptional star of the inaugural concert, on schedule on July 22 in the wonderful setting of the Abbey of San Mercuriale in Forlì. The trip will end in Latin America with the Orquesta Filarmonica National De Mexico UNAM, the oldest professional symphonic group of Mexico City and one of the best Mexican companies, who will close out the festival on September 16 at the Teatro Ebe Stignani di Imola.

Then there is also the festival Percuotere la mente, being held in Rimini from July 2 to August 7, with both traditional and innovative groups, with ethnic touches and shades of experimentation. Among the special guests worth mentioning are Baustelle and Daniel Melingo. July 2, 11, 16, 21, 28.

For the 49th edition of the summer concert series, Musica Pomposa, held in the evocative setting of the millennium old Abbey of Pomposa, in the Lidi di Comacchio, on Friday, July 4 the String Orchestra "Gino Neri" will play. On Thursday, July 17 it will be the turn of the Mandolins in Pomposa with the Gruppo Mandolinistico Codigorese. On Saturday, July 26 Bach is coming: the musical offering of the Solisti Aquilani- Massimo Marcelli, flute and Ramin Bahrami, piano and concertist; on July 30 the Duo Hiller-Sieber will perform in concert. All of the events are free of charge.

Back in the splendid town of Valmarecchia, a Villanovan archaeological site and the town which gave birth to the Malatesta dynasty, the thirtieth edition of the Verucchio Music Festival will be held under the direction of Ludovico Einaudi. Taking the stage are names such as Goran Bregovic, on July 19, the Pinguin Cafe on July 22, the Calexico on July 23 and Yann Tiersen with his Infinity Tour on July 25.

Going down the coast, we find jazz with the "Riccione Inn Jazz Summer".  In the garden of Villa Mussolini, in Riccione, fans of improvised music can watch the performances of Italian musicians that are famous worldwide, while enjoying the tastings of local food and wine products.  The upcoming performances will be given by the Marco Tamburini Quartet on July 10, Tullio De Piscopo on July 21 and 22.

Summer program of musical events along the Adriatic Coast

General program of summer musical events

Last modified Jul 09, 2014

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