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A summer of music 2014

There are so many events in July with all the festivals and shows on schedule; here is a quick overview but we invite you to check out the complete program of summer musical events in Emilia Romagna.

Our journey among musical notes starts out in Piacenza and the towns in nearby Val Tidone where until October 31 the Val Tidone Festival” will take place, a concert series that will move around among the most beautiful castles, villas and corners of this valley, focusing on classical and ethnic-jazz music, with up-and-coming artists alongside well known musicians from the international and national scene. Just to name a few: the Dado Moroni Quintet (July 2, Sarmato), Cédric Hanriot "GroOovematic" Trio (Agazzano, July 5) Mattia Cigalini Special Quartet (Agazzano, July 6), Jussi Fredriksson Quintet ( Castel San Giovanni, July 11), Rodolfo Vitale Swing Orchestra feat. Tiziano Chiapelli and Tullio De Piscopo ( Pianello Val Tidone, July 12), Tango y algo mas (Ziano piacentino, July 14), Regina Carter Quintet - "Southern Comfort" ( Rottofreno, July 18), Eva Mei, soprano and Donatella Tacchinardi on the piano (Nibbiano, July 26).

At the Auditorium Paganini and at the Parco Ex Eridania in Parma the “Wandering Stars” 2014 will be held, the new summer festival (until August 4) promoted by the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini which this month will host the Verdi choruses with the Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, on July 10, and the “Operetta eterno amore”, on July 31, a tribute to the lightness of this musical genre: from the first masterpieces of Offenbach to the sensuality of Viennese opera, to the Italian operetta with its exotic and malicious paradises.

Sounds and summer notes will take the audience on a “journey into the soul of the earth” thanks to the twelfth edition of Music in the Castle, a festival with free admission in 22 cities of art with extraordinary singers, great artists, and prestigious orchestras hosted in the castles, fortresses, church yards, courtyards of ancient colonnades, gardens of ancient villas, squares and unusual spaces in the Lands of Verdi around Parma. Coming up next is the style and intensity of Ornella Vanoni (Fontanellato, Pr, July 18), the progressive rock of the UT New Trolls (Zibello, July 20, Pr), and the infectious energy of Irene Grandi (Medesano, Pr, July 25).

Salsomaggiore Terme (Pr) for a whole weekend, from July 11 to 13, will be transformed into Liverpool and will host the fantastic world of Beatle mania with concerts, stands selling memorabilia, discs, exhibitions, seminars and side events thanks to the fifth edition of the festival Salso Meets the Beatles 2014, with free admission. A meeting place for fans and enthusiasts of this famous quartet and the extraordinary world of Beatles culture will take visitors back to England in the 1960s among shows and themed events and the best music by this group. This year's commemoration will be the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first album“Please please me”.

Again near Parma, for true fans of Verdi this event is not to be missed: "Il Trovatore" performed in the town of Roncole Verdi (Pr) on July 25 and 26.  This masterpiece by Giuseppe Verdi, a colorful melodrama in four acts full of tension and chivalry, which will give a 19th century touch to the two summer evenings, will be held right in front of the home where this Maestro was born.

The prestigious music festival Albinea Jazz, has been held in some historic and artistically interesting buildings for more than 25 years in the town of Albinea, near Reggio Emilia, and is an event of national importance not to be missed for fans of this music genre. The upcoming concerts are with the Kenny Werner Trio, on July 12, and the Twins Quintet on July 15. The festival will end with the concert by the Regina Carter "Southern Comfort" Quintet on July 16.

Unexpected and overwhelming sounds are at the heart of the events on schedule for the 19th edition of the Festival Mundus, an ethnic and folk music festival held in Reggio Emilia and surrounding areas. Also this edition will offer a wide range of events with the participation of prestigious singers, musicians and both international and nationally known groups. On July 10 in Arceto di Scandiano at the Parco del Castello the Tammuriata di Scafati will take the stage; on July 22 in Scandiano, in the Courtyard of the Rocca dei Boiardo Dominic Miller (Argentina/Great Britain) will play with his "Ad Hoc". On July 31 closing out the events in Reggio Emilia will be Raiz & Fausto Mesolella with "Dago Red".

For those that love soul music from all over Europe, the must see event is at the Rufus Thomas Park in Porretta Terme where the 27th edition of the Porretta Soul Festival (Bo) will be held from July 17 to 20, with the legendary musicians of “Muscle Shoals ” and great stars of soul in their only European tour stop. In Porretta there will be 15 musicians including the original Swampers David Hood and Jimmy Johnson, Mickey Buckins, Clayton Ivey, Will McFarlane, Marie Tomlinson Lewey, Cindy Richardson Walker, Carla Russell, Lynn Williams and the Muscle Shoals Horns. Not to mention artists such as the queen of “southern soul” Denise LaSalle, and the explosive Toni Green and Chick Rodgers, just to name a few.

The 19th edition of the festival Ferrara under the stars will once again this year host great names from the international independent scene. Known as one of the best summer festivals in Italy, this festival, held in the lovely setting of Piazza Castello, offers a packed calendar of events of every kind of contemporary music without restricting itself to any one genre. Among the guests there are Rachele Bastreghi, Dente and Levante, on July 12, Kodaline, on July 17, The Nationale on July 22, Bastille on July 25 and Simple Minds on July 28.

In Massa Lombarda, just inland from Ravenna, from July 10 to 12, there will be three days of young music in five squares with Riot Fest 2014. Italian and international artists will perform in concerts with rock singers, and blues and soul groups all with free admission. Among the musicians are Marta sui Tubi, Sacri Cuori Social Club and Blastema.

At the longest running organ event in Italy, the 53rd International Festival of Organ Music in Ravenna, 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.

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, Yann Tiersen with his Infinity Tour on July 25 and Raphael Gualazzi with his Solo Concert on July 29.

Complete programme of summer musical events

Programme of summer musical events on the Adriatic Coast

Last modified Jul 21, 2014

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