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XVII Emilia Romagna Festival 2017

The Emilia Romagna Festival is now in its 17th edition and, as is the custom, will look towards the Far East, sailing through the musical tradition of Latin America and following Bach on this ideal journey that will lead up to experimentations by recent generations. The theme of the 36 events on schedule from July 14 to September 9 is Baroque, in the rediscovering of the roots of western music, moved by Hispanic rhythms and by electronic evocations, up to the classics of classical music and Korean traditional music.


The festival will expand into five provincesBologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini – and around twenty towns and cities, and welcomes both young new musicians, well and lesser known, with ancient and modern repertoires, as well as important orchestras and today’s great masters.


Ramin Bahrami and Martux M., John Malkovich with I Solisti Aquilani conducted by Alvise Casellati, Michael Nyman, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, the Coro Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Trio del Barrio, Alexander Chaushian, Sebastian Knauer, Vicente Campos, the China National Opera House conducted by Yang Yang, and the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra are just a few of the hundreds of musicians who will give life to this summer dedicated to music.




In a world premiere, on July 14 at 9:30pm, in the Arena of Palazzo Bellini in Comacchio, Emilia Romagna Festival will begin with “Frescobaldi Renaissence”, an experimental and innovative project to re-evaluate the music of the composer Girolamo Frescobaldi, born in this place. Ramin Bahrami, one of the best living Bach interpreters on an international scale, will perform on the piano the first six Toccate of the second book of the Ferrara harpsichord player, whose work goes very well with this modern instrument. The interpretation will be introduced by an electronic performance by Martux M., a pioneer of Italian electronic music with Marcus Stockhausen, Danilo Rea, Tara Bouman and Fabrizio Bosso among others, and by Dj Giulio Maresca.


The second big event, on July 16 at 9:30pm in Cotignola, at the hay bale arena, a suggestive location in the middle of fields, is supported by the Korean Cultural Institute and by the University of California-Irvine and put on by Umbria Jazz. In this bucolic theater, “Wing Dance”, an event in which traditional Korean instruments will combine with the strings of the Umbria Music Ensemble and the jazz musicians will give life to the PanCulturalWorldMusic Ensemble that links their cultures through the sharing of unique and innovative interpretation and through the search for common roots.


The next day (July 17), at the Arena Theater of Castel San Pietro Terme, “The Piano Sings” by Michael Nyman will take the stage. The British composer, author of famous soundtracks such as Lezioni di Piano, Gattaca and Wonderland, will play his own songs accompanied by some videos from the Cine Opera collection, a series of films done by Nyman himself in the last twenty years.


On July 18, 2017, at 9pm, at the Teatro Diego Fabbri in the city of Forlì, the key event of 2017 will take place: the great American actor John Malkovich, known and appreciated all over the world for his subtle and intelligent acting, will present his most recent project in a national premiere, narrating songs from Report on the Blind by the Argentinian author Ernesto Sabato, accompanied by Anastasya Terenkova on the piano and by the orchestra of I Solisti Aquilani, on the notes of the Concerto per pianoforte (1979) by the avant-garde Russian composer Alfred Šnitke. The voice of John Malkovich will penetrate the darkest corners of the mind of Fernando Vidal, a paranoid and delirious personality, afraid of the power of the “Sect of the Blind” and its world domination. Alvise Casellati will conduct this concert, the first part of which will be a musical part with the Aquila orchestra and the soloist Lana Trotovšek on the violin. The event is produced in collaboration with the Ljubljana Festival and the Mittelfest 2017 of Cividale del Friuli.


Of particular interest will be the two concerts in which the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini will perform, conducted by the very young and promising Maestro Alpes Chauhan, an intuitive and attentive conductor, he has been appreciated by both audiences and orchestras alike. “La Toscanini”, known worldwide, will perform on July 25 (9.15pm Imola, Rocca Sforzesca) and on July 29 (9pm, Forlì, Church of San Giacomo), performing some of the most famous classical music songs, such as the symphonies, ballroom pieces and overtures of Verdi and Rossini, sons of this same land and the wonderful Seventh Symphony of Beethoven. On August 6 do not miss the face to face meeting with Ramin Bahrami (from 5:30pm, in Tredozio, at Palazzo Fantini), for the occasion of the awarding of the ERF career award. Among music and literature, the great pianist will perform some songs by Bach, to then present his latest book. Before the concert, which will be held at 7:15pm, it will be possible to participate in the guided tour of the splendid Italian garden of Palazzo Fantini, and a tasting in the lemon grove adjacent to the garden.


On August 19th, at 9pm in the Church of San Giacomo in Forlì, there will be the chance to get to know and appreciate Chinese musical culture with the performance of soloists, choirs and the orchestra of the China National Opera House of Beijing, conducted by Yang Yang, who for the occasion will direct, in the form of a concert, the opera The Long March, inspired by the historical era of the gigantic military retreat of the Red Army led by Mao Zedong. The biggest Opera Theater in China and the Pacific Asia area will perform in Forlì, where one of the most flourishing Chinese communities in Italy has been established, the first to support this type of cultural event aimed at creating dialogue and intercultural exchange.


The next day, the China National Opera House will be at Rimini Fiera, at 9.45pm, in collaboration with the Meeting in Rimini, presenting Madame Butterfly by Puccini in a semi-scenic form with costumes and videos.


Going back to Forlì, on August 22 at 9pm, in the Cloister of the San Domenico Museums, the great Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian will play some songs for cello solo, from the Suite n. 1 in G major for cello solo BWV 1007 by Bach, and Alone by Giovanni Sollima, and also a transcription of the Capriccio n. 17 in E flat major, by Niccolò Paganini. And again on September 3 (at 9pm in Forlì, in the Cloister of the San Domenico Museums), Sebastian Knauer, the powerful and versatile pianist with a vast repertoire, will perform in a recital with songs ranging from Schubert to Beethoven up to the famous Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin.


Much less intimate but spectacular, bursting with youth, is the concert on September 6 in Imola (9pm, Rocca Sforzesca), of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic. Besides the beauty of the setting, we must remember also the quality of this Orchestra, founded in 2007 by its conductor Cem Mansur, combined with great social dedication: among the seminars on music as a social force worth noting are the Laboratory on Democracy and the project Music that Unites, along with the collaboration with Armenian musicians for the Turkish/Armenian Youth Orchestra, which has held concerts in Istanbul and Berlin. The talented young Italian pianist Costanza Principe will perform with the orchestra, as well as the soprano, mezzo-soprano and tenor voices of Mariska Bordoni, Thea Procopio, Erica Cortese, and Antonio Mandrillo, of the artistic residency from the public bid “S’Illumina- – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura”. Almost 100 young and very young (between the ages of 18 and 26 years old) extraordinary talents full of enthusiasm!


Concluding the Great Concerts, and all the events of the Emilia Romagna Festival, will be the tribute to Luciano Pavarotti ten years after his death (September 9, 9pm, Imola, Sasso Morelli, Villa Babina). In collaboration with the Teatro Comunale “Luciano Pavarotti” of Modena, Chiara Isotton (soprano), Matteo Desole (tenor) and Alex Martini (baritone) will perform some arias and duets that made this Emilian Maestro famous, from Puccini to Verdi, from Donizetti to Mozart, accompanied on the piano by Francesca Pivetti.



But there are many other different events, ranging from western music and Hispanic-Baroque to concerts in the suggestive setting of the Abbey of Pomposa in Codigoro.

Adding to the joy of listening is the pleasure of tasting or seeing, with events that join musical pleasure with more “worldly” ones such as tastings or touristy ones like walks in the parks and museums.


The first of six events will be held on July 19 starting at 7.15 pm with the nature walk in the park of Villa Manusardi, followed by a tasting of local food products, and lastly a concert of the Latin American group Trio del Barrio, in Casalfiumanese, at the park of Villa Manusardi. On July 20 events continue in Castel Bolognese, starting between 7pm and 8:30pm at the Museo Civico, for a guided tour of the collection of luthier Nicola Utili, to then get back to Latin grooves with the Spanish music for cello and piano of Smith and Montero. On July 29, first there will be the great concert of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini conducted by Maestro Alpes Chauhan, it will be possible to visit the San Domenico Museums, in Forlì. On July 31, in Imola, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm it will be possible to visit the Diocesan Museum, to then stay in the Cloister of the Museum to enjoy the intriguing “La Viola Scarlatta, e altre storie d’amore”, a concert by the Ensemble Seicentonovecento, made up of Maria Chiara Chizzoni (soprano), Valerio Losito (viola d’amore), Flavio Colusso (harpsichord), which will begin with the “musical fable” of the same name, composed by Flavio Colusso himself and based on the sublime vocal art of the castrato, and in particular on that of the famous Farinelli, whose real name was Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi, considered one of the greatest opera singers of all time, who died in Bologna. The dreamlike nighttime dimension of two ancient European cities like Venice and Madrid come together in this fable and in this loggia suspended in time.


Also on July 31 in Faenza, from 7pm to 8pm, before the exhibition for the section Primo Premio!, in which it will be possible to admire Croisé on the cello and  Schevchenko on the piano (winners of the Salieri-Zanetti International Chamber Music Competition), there will be a guided tour of the Zauli Museum. Lastly, as a big final event, on August 6 in Tredozio, at Palazzo Fantini, before seeing the concert of Ramin Bahrami, winner of the ERF career award, from 5:30pm you can visit the wonderful gardens of the Palazzo, with an aperitif in the lemon grove.


Like every year, the ERF is looking for new talents: to this aim the section Primo Premio! will be held, which allows the audience to get to know the young winners of some of the best classical music competitions, such as the Fischoff and the Salieri-Zinetti.


Check out the whole program in detail


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Last modified Jul 03, 2017

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