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A summer of music 2016

This summer in Emilia-Romagna life is to the beat of music.  The proposed events are wide ranging and 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 many events, 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 at the beginning of July with the 16th edition of Emilia Romagna Festival, the biggest summer festival of the region which offers 41 events from July 16 to 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 today are more than ever occasions to build dialogue, exchange and mutual understanding, is the theme if this year’s edition.


Not to be missed in Piacenza and the nearby towns in Val Tidone is the Val Tidone Festival” - which will run until January 28, 2017 - the wandering concert series among castles, villas and the most charming corners of the valley, featuring classical and ethnic-jazz music, with young emerging artists alongside well known international and national stars. For example: the BandaKadabra (Saturday, July 9, Castel San Giovanni), Mario Venuti & Urban Fabula (Tuesday, July 12, Gragnano Trebbiense), Karima & Dado Moroni Trio (Sunday, July 17, Pianello Val Tidone), the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana directed by Fabrizio Cassi together with Ivanna Speranza, Anna Maria Chiuri, Diego Cavazzin, Angelo Veccia (Wednesday, July 20, Sarmato), Paola Cigna, Graziano Dallavalle, Donatella Tacchinardi (Sunday, July 24, Nibbiano), ending the first summer round with the Rodolfo Vitale Swing Orchestra, Tullio De Piscopo and Tiziano Chiapelli (Friday, July 29, Pecorara) and then starting back up again in September.


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  Armando Quaranta (Friday, July 8, Fidenza, Pr), the unmistakeable rhythm of Sergio Caputo and Francesco Baccini (Tuesday, July 12, Busseto, Pr), the voice of the great Tiromancino (Friday, July 15, Fontanellato, Pr) and the femininity of Sara Rattaro together with the Blanco Notes Band (Thursday, July 21, Fontanellato, Pr), followed by the concert of the Orchestra Regionale dell’Emilia Romagna (Friday, July 22, Pellegrino, Pr, but also Friday, July 29, San Secondo, Pr), and the show of words and music with Uccio de Santis (Wednesday, July 27, Sissa-Trecasali, Pr). Closing out the July events is Mariapia Veladiano with the Blanco Notes Band (Thursday, July 28, Fontanellato, Pr).


Not very far away from Reggio Emilia, in the town of Casalgrande at the Horse Stables of Villa Spalletti, and in Albinea, inside historic and artistically interesting buildings, national jazz fans should come to see the excellent shows held here such as that of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express Feat. Ex “Santana” Alex Ligertwood, Carmen Souza, Mark Turner Quartet and Maria Pia De Vito & Ares Tavolazzi (July 12-15), and the Twins Quintet (July 9).


Also in Emilia this summer the prestigious itinerant festival of ethic and folk music will be held.  The 21st edition of Mundus, on schedule from July 7 to August 15, will spread its vibrations among the territories in and around Reggio Emilia. Opening this festival is La Banda della Ricetta, and it will continue with the piano of Rita Marcotulli in “Autritratto”, on July 14, Fabrizio Bosso, on July 18, the duo Antonio Forcione & Adriano Adewale, on July 20, Mimmo Epifani & José Barros, on July 27. The last event of the month is the show Parientes put on by Peppe Servillo, Javier Girotto and Natalio Mangalavite, on July 29.


For all those who love soul in Europe, going to the Rufus Thomas Park of Porretta Terme (Bo) is a must.  It is here that the 29th edition of the Porretta Soul Festival from July 21 to 24 will be held with legendary musicians and big stars of soul in their only European concert. There will be some excellent artists such as Bey Paule Band Soul Revue with Bobby Rush, Toni Green, John Ellison, George McRae , Stacey Merino, Stan Mosley, Theo Huff, Falisa Janaye, Jerry Jones, and Sweet Nectar.


From the Apennines to the Bologna plains music travels fast and will arrive at Borghi e Frazioni in musica”. This will be the 17th edition of this festival which hosts various music genres in villas, historic buildings and monuments, parks and lesser known areas in the plains, along with themed tastings and the “Borghi Lab” meetings. July 5-6, 8, 12-14.


The musical journey continues with Ferrara under the stars, in the splendid setting of Piazza Castello and the Honor Courtyard of the Estense Castle.  This festival, which runs the gamut of independent music, once again this year will host international stars.  In fact there will be the only Italian performance, Wednesday, July 6, with Mogwai Play Atomic. Do not miss Wilco and Kurt Vile together with The Violators, Monday, July 4, and The Last Shadow Puppets on Tuesday, July 5.


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.  Opening this festival is the concert of the Gruppo Mandolinistico Codigorese, Tuesday, July 12; Tuesday, July 19 Evangelion; Thursday, July 28 Vuelvo al Sur, then continuing on until August 22.


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. The first date of this event, on schedule until August 29, is Monday, July 25 – with the performance of the American organ player Gail Archer.

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. July 17 – August 28.

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, on schedule from July 15 to August 4. Taking the stage will be big names such as Stefano Bollani, Friday, July 15, Kula Shaker, Saturday, July 16, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, Thursday, July 21, Iononsonouncane and Socalled, Sunday, July 24, Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa feat. Jacques Morelenbaum, Tuesday, July 26, Ooopopoiooo, Thursday, July 28, Cristiano De Andre', Friday, July 29.


In Rimini the high quality summer musical event is Percuotere la mente, the festival dedicated to mixing traditions and innovation, with ethnic flavors and a touch of experimentation. Among the important guests are the Irish artist Ròisìn Murphy, Thursday, July 14, the Norwegian band Kings of Convenience, Tuesday, July 19, and the New York trio Blonde Redhead, Monday, July 25. The festival will close out on Sunday, July 31 with a project dedicated to Fabrizio De Andre'.


See the complete calendar of musical events in Emilia Romagna

Last modified Jul 04, 2016

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