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A summer of music - August 2014

The summer of music continues this month with numerous events and festivals of which a small overview is provided here; we invite you to consult the summer program of musical events in August in Emilia Romagna.


Summer sounds and notes continue to accompany audiences in a "journey into the soul of the earth" thanks to "Music in the Castle", a festival with free admission and extraordinary singer-songwriters, great artists and prestigious orchestras, all hosted in fortresses, parish churches, gardens of ancient villas, squares and peculiar places in the Lands of Verdi around Parma and the areas around Piacenza and Reggio Emilia.  Coming soon to the stage for the musical section of this event will be Annamaria Castelli in memory of Lucio Dalla (August 2 - Salsomaggiore Terme, Pr); the singer-songwriter Andrea Mirò and the comic Alberto Patrucco in an original combination (August 9 - Bore, Pr).  And also the Orchestra Ventaglio d'Arpe (Sunday, August 10 - Fontanellato, Pr), the duo Marianna Sinagra on the violoncello and Lorenzo Cossi on the piano (Friday, August 22 - Novellara, Re); an excellent trio with Davide Cabassi on the piano, Enrico Fagone on the contrabass and Marco Pierobon on the trumpet (Sunday, August 24 - Fontevivo, Pr); and the folk group Mé, Pék and Barba with Associazione Bandistica Giuseppe Verdi di Busseto (August 30 - Alseno, Pc).  Lastly, closing out this music festival on the contralto sax is Marco Gerboni and the accordion player Simone Zanchini (August 31 - Varano de’ Melegari, Pr).


At the Auditorium Paganini and at the Parco Ex Eridania of Parma there will be the last two events of “Stelle vaganti”, the summer festival promoted by the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, which will host Paolo Fresu with Vinodentro on August 3 and Serena Autieri with La Sciantosa on August 4.


Unexpected and overwhelming waves of ethnic and folk music are at the heart of the 19the edition of the Festival Mundus being held in Reggio Emilia and nearby areas.  The varied program again this month will host prestigious singers, musicians and national and international groups such as Enrico Zanisi (Correggio, August 1); Radiotrio in “When Rock becomes Jazz” (August 2, Scandiano), the cuban Omar Sosa (Carpi, August 4), Ambrogio Sparagna with the Orchestra Popolare italiana, Peppe Servillo, Gabriella Gabrielli and the choir Arcanto (August 6, Reggio Emilia); the bagpipe diva Cristina Pato (August 10, Correggio); and the jazz singer Rita Marcotulli with her band (August 13, Reggio Emilia).  On the holiday "Ferragosto" the successful duo Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani will perform (August 15, Carpi) while two special guests Gino Paoli & Danilo Rea will close out the festival on August 16 in Reggio Emilia.


With a program dedicated to versatility and great orchestras Emilia Romagna Festival continues its musical journey around the world.  A traveling tour in five provinces - Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini - stopping in many fascinating places that make up this festival's itinerary.  This month there will be many events starting on August 1 when the festival returns to one of the most suggestive churches in Romagna, the Abbazia di San Mercuriale in Forlì, with the notes of Haydn, Mozart and Dvořák with the Orchestra Bruno Maderna conducted by Maestro Young Chil Lee, with the solo flutes of Ji-Hae Yun and Hyunim.  The festival will then continue its tour with the trio made up of the two trumpets of Vicente Campos, an internationally known musician, and Rubén Simeó, a young talent, and the organ of Marialuisa Veneziano (August 4, Imola-Bo).  Among the great national guests, worth mentioning is the Neapolitan Edoardo Catemario, a famous classic guitar virtuoso (August 5, Castel Guelfo di Bologna).  Regarding chamber music, from Montecarlo there is the Aïghetta Quartet with a mix of classical, world music and chamber music (August 8, Codigoro–Pomposa).  The famous Iranian pianist Ramin Bahrami, one of the most interesting living interpreters of Bach, will present his latest album Inventions and Sinfonias, which includes two new recordings never before performed on a piano (August 11, Comacchio).  Do not miss the concert for the 70th anniversary of the death of Forlì partisan Iris Versari with the violoncellist Luigi Puxeddu, one of the most accredited international interpreters of Boccherini, and Enrico Fagone, first contrabass of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana di Lugano (August 17, San Benedetto in Alpe, Fc).  Among the great artists returning to the festival is the ensemble of Friedemann Eichhorn on the violin and Andreas Froelich on the piano, for an evening of great virtuosos (August 20, Russi, Ra).  The ERT Career Award this year will go to Bruno Canino on August 24, in Tredozio (Fc), who for the occasion will offer a show about the evolution of the waltz made for keyboard.  Then it is on to eastern Anatolia with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest and biggest orchestra of the country, performing here with two young talents in a beautiful program with highlights such as the Concerto for violin and orchestra by Chačaturjan (August 26, Rimini).  And speaking of new talents, with a residency at the festival for the section Primo Premio!, this year the brilliant formation of strings known as the Omer Quartet will perform several times: August 25, Riolo Terme, Ra; August 27, Alfonsine, Ra; August 28, Imola, Bo; August 29, Forlì.


In and around Ravenna and Forlì-Cesena there is a packed calendar of events thanks to the festival "Strade Blu 2014", which offers both traditional and avant-garde music.  On August 1 taking the stage are Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove in Faenza (Ra); on August 3 the Phil Cody Band in Forlì; on August 6 it is time fore Carla Lippis' Lido in Alfonsine (Ra).  On August 10 Giacomo Toni e la '900 Band will perform in Brisighella (Ra) in "La ballata del bevitore longevo".  Los Lobos in Faenza (Ra) on August 18 and the Sacri Cuori Social Club in San Piero in Bagno (Fc) on August 22 will conclude this summer festival.


The city of Ravenna hosts the 53rd International Festival of Organ Music, the oldest in Italy, in which the best international artists perform every year playing the ancient Mascioni organ in the beautiful Basilica di San Vitale, a UNESCO site.  Gedimyn Grubba (August 4), Mari Mihara (August 11), Waclaw Golonka (August 18) and Duo Crstel De Meulder (August 25) are the upcoming musicians that will contribute to making this amazing festival unique again this year.  Admission to the festival is free.


Also the official lineup of the headlining bands has been decided at the twenty-first edition of the Frogstock Festival, four days of rock free of charge on schedule at the river park in Riolo Terme (Ra) from August 27 to 30; taking the stage are both new artists and known ones performing “made in Italy” contemporary music.  After the Management del Dolore Post-Operatorio (August 27), Zen Circus (August 28) and Nobraino (August 29), the calendar of this festival will end with the band Perturbazione (August 30).


Along the coast, in the great setting of the Lidi di Comacchio, there is the 49th edition going on of the summer concert season Musica Pomposa, hosted in the lovely setting of the thousand year old Abbey of Pomposa where, on Friday, August 8, the concerto of the Acoustic Quartet will be held, a guitar quartet from Monte Carlo, while on Tuesday, August 19 "Milva e Piazzolla: la pantera canta el tango" will take the stage.  Admission is free.


On the beaches of Cesenatico (Fc), night owls and early birds can both enjoy a unique sensory experience thanks to the "Concerts at dawn".  The events start at 6.00 in the morning when the first light of dawn will rise with the meditative and evocative notes of the original ethnic wind instruments of Dal Bianco e Mercante Duo, on August 3, and from folk up to the explosion of rock and roll with Miami and the Groovers Feat. Joe D'Urso, August 15.  Delicate and smooth sounds will take over, again in Cesenatico, the calm of Piazzetta delle Conserve for the occasion of "Notturni alle Conserve".  The evening chamber music concerts, all with free admission, offer the notes of Schubert, Dvorak, Bixio, Tosti, Cesarini, Gounod, Grieg, Ponchielli, Von Suppè, Mozart and Delibes.  August 5, 12, 19.


The international festival of piano music - Misano Piano Festival - is now in its twenty-second edition and will begin in Misano Monte, inland from Rimini, on Friday, August 1 with the Maestro Roberto Cappello, and then the following events will be on August 7 with Maurizio Zanini on the piano, on August 9 with Fabrizio Meloni on the clarinet, Simonide Braconi on the viola, Manila Santini on the piano and it will close on August 10 with special guests Quirino Principe and Denis Zardi on the piano.


In Rimini, the musical event is Percuotere la mente closing on August 7 with the concert by Daniel Melingo, the ambassador of popular and cult tango, the man of the new frontier porteña, with a tormented voice that brings Argentinian music beyond its borders through atypical images and arrangements.
But getting ready to start is the 65th edition of the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian music festivals that hosts great symphonic orchestras, conductors and soloists of international fame, as well as original projects where music is interwoven with other arts.  Inaugurating this edition is a new production dedicated to Baroque music, SV Monteverdi, an itinerary on the days of August 5, 12, 14 and 15 that will range from sacred to profane music through a sequence of masterpieces.  Again in August, the Orchestra dell’Istituto Musicale Lettimi di Rimini and the Coro Internazionale San Nicola will be involved, along with a large group of soloists, in the performance for soloists, choirs and orchestra of "Santo Stefano, Scene e voci da un martirio", composed ten years ago by Vincenzo Bocciero and Marina Valmaggi elaborating texts from the New Testament Vangeli and the "Saulo di Tarso" by the Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Polish poet Czesław Miłosz (August 21).  The opening of the symphonic concerts, which will continue into the month of September, will be in the hands of the Russian National Orchestra (August 28) in a very original program which will involve the orchestra's founder Mikhail Pletnev in two concerts for piano and orchestra: the Concerto n. 24 in do minore K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and, with Conrad van Alphen conducting, the Concerto in la minore by Robert Schumann.

Last modified Aug 01, 2014

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