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On the waves of music. Musical events along the Riviera 2016

In Romagna the waves that will take you away are not only those of the sea but also those of music, which can be heard during evening walks in the squares or on the beaches under a starry sky or awaiting the first light of dawn. The prestigious music festivals and both Italian and international guests will be many, all ready to give your summer holiday a memorable soundtrack.

Here are the main events from the packed music program of the Adriatic Coast.


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.


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. Also in this area, among the Comacchio beaches and in downtown, under the starry sky and under the name “Jazz in Rosa” there are many female jazz performances on schedule, with artists such as Rita Miller, Livia Boattini, Roberta Righi and Bessie Boni. July 16, 23, 30 and August 6.


Street musicians from all over the world will gather in the lagoon town for the “Preview Buskers Festival” on August 19, the opening event to the real festival that will be held in the heart of Ferrara from August 20 to 21 and August 23 to 28.




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.


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.


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 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'.


Also 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.


Also near Rimini, in San Clemente the musical waves will be accompanied by the aromas of wine thanks to the unique atmosphere of the little square lit for the occasion with torches and candles. With “Note di...vino”, Sunday, July 17 music will be the soundtrack of the presentation of typical local wines and products from Umbria, while on Sunday, July 24 the products will be from Provence.

Riccione, the heart of Italian summer nightlife, is also the summer headquarters of Radio Dee Jay. Here the guests will be big names in music, authors of this summer’s hits who will perform live in very exciting shows. On August 4 do not miss the amazing duo of Fedez and J-Ax, followed on August 13 by Luca Carboni. The live performances of Radio Deejay will not only be in Piazzale Roma but also at Aquafan, while the talent show Deejay on Stage will allow talented new artists to perform on the Riccione stage. Until August 28.

Discover all the events along the Riviera for the summer of 2016.

Last modified Aug 12, 2016

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