|NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2017
|Last year, the winter came late, spoiling us with a extra warmth for the season. This year, the cold has made up for lost time, as snow and fog engulfs the hills. It has been a reflective and tumultuous start to the year for many, and now we turn our thoughts toward the coming Spring, and what new worlds may begin to bloom. February in Florence sees the event season building back up, with Carnevale celebrations all over Tuscany (don’t miss the biggest in ViaReggio), or the contemplation inspired by Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. We hope you enjoy the last of winter and all it has to offer, with best wishes from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, RAFFAELLA AND MARISA.
|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR FEBRUARY
BEST EVENT FOR FEBRUARY: BLACK HISTORY MONTH FLORENCE
Now in its second year, Black History Month Florence is a cross-institutional, multivenue, pluriform exploration of the African diaspora, its history, and its impact on contemporary Florence. BHMF is broken down into talks, tours, kids, art, theatre/dance, music, food, film, and workshops. The project consists of a range of lectures, film projections, book readings, art exhibitions, food events, concerts, and performances that seek to link a broad network of spaces dedicated to cultural production throughout Florence and the broader community of African diasporic peoples local to Florence and beyond. The program seeks to celebrate the cultural contributions of the diaspora that has permanently impacted Italian culture in numerous ways.
A small taste of the diverse and intriguing events:
February 14: TALK: Patti DeRosa, Strength to Love: Racism and the Trump Presidency, Santa Reparata School of Art.
From February 9: EXHIBITION: Infinite Receptors by Enrico Riley, Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, SACI Gallery.
February 7: TOUR: From Graves to Cradles: Anti-Slavery and Florence’s English Cemetery in collaboration with Julia Bolton Holloway.
February 21: FOOD: Cooking Lesson in Eritrean Cuisine with Chef Almaz Mebrautu Burule, Kitchens of Syracuse University Florence.
The program features more than forty events spread across the month. You can download the full program, and read all about the festival here: http://blackhistorymonthflorence.com/index.php/project/bhmf-2017/
P&F RENTAL PICK FOR FEBRUARY: GRACIOUS LIVING IN A PRESTIGIOUS PALACE WITH ALL THE MODERN CONVENIENCES
“This is a splendidly refurbished apartment right in the heart of Florence. It makes for gracious living, being in a prestigious palace together with all the modern conveniences of today’s world”
Via Lambertesca is a short narrow street right that runs between the piazza of the Uffizi Gallery and the “Ponte Vecchio”. This street is predominantly pedestrian. There are jewelry shops, a few boutiques and a famous trattoria. The main central market of San Lorenzo is about 15 minutes walk away, as is a supermarket, the central post office and all the monuments and museums. The palazzo “Bartolommei-Bruschetti” is a seventeenth century building which is adjacent to the church of “Santo Stefano al Ponte” behind. The entrance to the palazzo has been kept in its original form with columns and statuary leading to the main staircase, with the elevator hidden to one side.
Measuring approx. 260 sq.mts. (approx. 2,600 sq. ft.), situated on the first floor (one up from ground level), serviced with an elevator and consists of: Entrance hall, Living room (frescoed), Dining room (frescoed, dining table for 10, access to inner court yard), 4 bedrooms (1 with loft, access to inner court yard and dressing room), 5 bathrooms, Kitchen, Inner court yard, Garage (with washing machine and dryer)
For more information: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.com/...&form_id_affitti=1151&l_t=1
BEST EXHIBITION FOR FEBRUARY: THE KLIMT EXPERIENCE
Until April 2
“Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.” (Gustav Klimt)
Santo Stefano al Ponte presents Klimt Experience, a new production by the Crossmedia Group. Klimt’s figures and landscapes are the protagonists of this new, interactive, immersive exhibition dedicated to the founding father of the Vienna Secession. Works such as The Kiss, The Tree of Life, or Judith have become a part of popular culture, but Klimt is still an artist to be discovered and recounted. This is the aim of this exhibition project, to thrill, fascinate, and amaze visitors young and old, inviting them to become better acquainted with the man and the artist, to understand his works, and to learn to interpret his style thanks to the spectacular display of details and his pictorial technique. Klimt Experience proposes a total immersion on the Viennese artist’s world. The soundtrack played by a state-of-the-art Dolby surround system, the extraordinary evocative power of the 700 selected images, and the 3D reconstructions of early 20th Century Vienna will produce unique emotions in the visitors.
Piazza di Santo Stefano
Bookings and Information: http://www.klimtexperience.com/?lang=en#about
BEST FESTIVAL FOR FEBRUARY: NEW LITERARY FESTIVAL FIRENZE LIBRO APERTO
From The Florentine: “The city writes a new chapter with the first edition of Firenze Libro Aperto, a new festival dedicated to the publishing world and its protagonists. More than 100 publishing houses will gather in the Spadolini pavilion for three days of book and magazine presentations, round tables tackling timely political and social issues and meetings with authors. Among the international guests in the lineup are American pulp author Joe Lansdale, best known for his suspense novels, and Moroccan writer and poet Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the International Dublin Literary Award for Cette aveuglante absence de lumière (This Blinding Absence of Light).”
Spadolini Pavilion at Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence
For the full program, see: https://www.firenzelibroaperto.it
BEST MARKET FOR FEBRUARY: FESTA DEL CIOCCOLATO ARTIGIANALE
“Life is like chocolate, is the bitterness that makes you appreciate the sweet.” Xavier Brébion
Researchers have found that regular consumption of chocolate, dark and rich with cacao, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 37%, diabetes by 31% and stroke by 29%. So the annual chocolate fair and market is not only delicious, but an act of good health! From Friday, February 10 to 19th, Piazza Santa Maria Novella will host the 13th edition of La Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale, Florence's annual Chocolate Fair. Mountains of chocolate truffles, cascading chocolate fountains, luscious chocolate liqueurs or giant slabs of chocolate spiked with fruits and nuts, are only a small part of the event. The products of artisan chocolatiers are a feast for the eyes, a gift for the nose and a treat for the taste buds. This year the fair includes pastry and chocolate making workshops for children, as well as chocolate tastings and workshops for the adults. A tasting session pairing chocolate and grappa is again on offer this year. The opening will be celebrated with a parade of Flag Wavers, musicians, and Costumed Renaissance figures in Piazza Santissima Anninziata on Saturday February 11th at 15.30.
The fair is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily with free entry.
For further info: http://www.fieradelcioccolato.it
BEST DINING OUT FOR FEBRUARY: ESSENZIALE IN PIAZZA DI CESTELLO
This month’s hot restaurant tip comes from food blogger Coral Sisk of Curious Appetite, in her wrap up of the ten hottest new eateries in Florence.
“For years, Simone Cipriani (of Santo Graal) has been one of the few chefs revered for creative cuisine. Recently, he made the bold move to leave and open his own restaurant, Essenziale (meaning “essential”), featuring creative dishes with a minimalist flair. Expect lots of plays with dehydrated foods: dried tomato for umami flavor bombs and raspberries to provide tangy contrast to savory/fat-rich dishes. The menu (fried artichokes, organ meat delicacies, spaghetti, and lasagna) is designed to remind you of Italy's classic comfort foods — but provides an experience to engage all senses with visual and temperature plays, textures, flavor profiles, and ingredient deconstruction. Quality-to-value ratio is exceptional, as are the wine selections.”
Piazza di Cestello 3R
|BEST OF THE REST FOR FEBRUARY
CHIANTI LOVERS WINE FAIR
From The Florentine: “Red, red wine” could be the key to Italian-style longevity—who are we to argue with that? Fortunately, in Tuscany we’re never in short supply of Sangiovese. Everyone from aspiring sommeliers to amateur sippers is invited to celebrate the region’s rich wine heritage at Chianti Lovers, a “preview event” put on by the Consorzio Vino Chianti and highlighting around 100 different producers, all in town with their vintages in tow. Happy hour starts early for industry insiders at 9.30am; doors open to the public from 4 to 9pm.”
Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence
For more information, see: http://www.consorziovinochianti.it/
Pre-purchase tickets via: http://www.boxofficetoscana.it/
From The Florentine: “Single and ready to…sulk? In a relationship, but can’t stand the schmaltzy marketing schemes of Saint Valentine’s Day? Gripe and guzzle down cocktails in good company at Florence Buzz’s Anti San Valentino Party, taking place in a smokescreen speakeasy room at Vanilla Club. You just might meet a new match among your fellow February “Grinches”. The dress code du jour is 1920s noir, but peer pressure has no place at this party, and you’re welcome to wear what you want. Cost is 15 euro and includes your first cocktail.”
Vanilla Club, via dei Saponai 14r, Florence
Limited space is available; reserve your place here: http://www.theflr.net/justsaynotovday
FLORENCE HONOURS ANNA MARIA LUISA DE MEDICI
February 18 celebrates the greatest patroness of the arts in Florence history, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the creator of The Family Pact. She was the last of the ruling line of the Medici family, as she and her brothers failed to produce any heirs before their deaths. However, she left behind an extraordinary legacy in the form of The Family Pact, which bequeathed the considerable artistic patrimony of the Medici family, accrued over three centuries, to the city of Florence. The condition stipulated within the Pact was to prevent any of the patrimony from being removed from Florence or the state of Tuscany. Instead, she insisted, everything must remain on display in Florence, for all time, “for the use of the public and to attract the curiosity of foreigners.” It is she that we have to thank for the vast majority of treasures that make Florence the artistic mecca that it is today.
In honour of Anna Maria Luisa, Florence opens its Civic Museums with free entry for the public on the day of her death, February 18. Be sure to include a visit to the Medici Chapels to pay your respects.
Civic museums: Palazzo Vecchio, Museo del Novecento, Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Museo Stefano Bardini.
FLORENCE WINTER SALES
The stores of Florence have begun their annual sales to clear out their Autumn and Winter stock, in order to make room for the new season arrivals. You can expect savings of at least 50%, which often reach 70% through February as stocks dwindle. It’s the perfect time to grab a few last minute winter coats to help survive the last of the winter chill!
TOSCANA WINTER PARK: FIFTH EDITION
Until February 26
Go skiing, ice skating and tobogganing on the banks of the Arno at Obihall. After heading down the 80- metre piste on skis or a snowboard or trying your luck on the ice rink, indulge in some après-ski at the bars, enjoy a hearty meal at the restaurant or join in the many children’s activities. The park will remain open over the Christmas period (and on Christmas Day from 2:00pm until 1.00am).
See www.firenzewinterpark.it for details.
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR EVERYONE, AND CIVIC MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
#Domenicoalmuseo?On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state and civic museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures.
Here’s a list of the state museums free to all: Uffizi?Accademia?Bargello
Medici Chapels?Pitti Palace (all museums) San Marco?Palazzo Davanzati Medici Villas
And the civic museums also free to residents:
Palazzo Vecchio?Arnolfo Tower?Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano?Museo del Novecento?Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.
Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it
|EXHIBITIONS IN FEBRUARY
LA TUTELA TRICOLORE AT THE UFFIZI
Until February 14
From VisitFlorence.com: “The annual Christmas exhibition for 2016-17 is dedicated to the work of the Command of the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale, active for almost half a century. Divided into eight sections, the exhibition presents works by Masaccio, Pollaiolo, Memling, Bronzino, Furini, illuminated manuscripts, Greek ceramics, Roman and Etruscan jewelry.”
Aula Magliabechiana, Galleria degli Uffizi, 50125 Florence
Official Website: http://www.uffizi.it/...i-custodi-dellidentit-culturale
DIVINA COMMEDIA BY VENTURINO VENTURI
From VisitFlorence.com: “Reflecting on Dante and the Divine Comedy through the eyes of a modern artist, Venturino Venturi born in Loro Ciuffenna in 1918, an exceptional representative of the second half of the 1900’s. There are 54 pieces in exhibition for the first time ever which represent pieces taken directly from Dante’s masterpiece “Divina Commedia””
Costa S. Giorgio, 2, 50125 Florence
Official Website: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/la-divina-commedia-venturino-venturi/
REAL TIME AND REALITY TIME: CLOCKS FROM PALAZZO PITTI FROM XVII TO XX CENTURY?Extended until March 5
The monumental figure of Kronos by Gherardo Silvani will greet you for this special occasion in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti, and will show you the path to follow towards the apartments of the Duchessa d’Aosta, where you can explore the different ways throughout time that the Florentines would tell time: spanning the Medici, Lorena and Sabauda reigns.Approximately 70 clocks have been selected from over 200 examples, most of which some way are tied to Palazzo Pitti. The criteria for the selection includes the form, the use of the clock and the environment in which it was kept.
Gallery of Modern Art Palazzo Pitti
FASHION IN FLORENCE THROUGH THE LENS OF ARCHIVIO FOTO LOCCHI
Until March 5
From VisitFlorence.com: “An exhibition features the photography of Foto Locchi reporters not only on the catwalks of the Sala Bianca, but also in the private palazzos and historic gardens with their gala dinners, parties and exclusive rendezvous. Divided into three sections the show uses 100 rare photo shots from the 1930’s to the 1970’s to tell the story of the world of fashion in Florence.
The artisan workshops: Already in the 1920’s, the legend of Florentine craftsmanship for quality embroidered lingerie, silverware, exquisitely worked leather and straw hats had arrived in the United States. Fashion in Florence: Explore Florence and the international entourage that had formed around the newly born world of fashion. The fashion celebrities: View the great Italian designers who showed their collections in the Sala Bianca: Roberto Capucci, Emilio Schuberth, Sorelle Fontana and Simonetta Colonna di Cesarò.”
Andito degli Angiolini, Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50123 Florence
Offical Website: http://www.fotolocchi.it/en/news/read/1
GIOVANNI DAL PONTE AT THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY
Until March 12
The monographic exhibition with works from Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-1437), protagonist for the late Gothic Humanism. A Florentine artist with his own particular language for the late gothic period will feature a new canvas, the "Madonna and Child Enthroned". The work, which will be on display along with other paintings of the Tuscan painter from November 22 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, comes from the deposits of various Museums from the Tuscan region.
Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Via Ricasoli, 58-60, 50122 Florence
RESCUED BEAUTY: LA BELLEZZA SALVATA AT PALAZZO MEDICI RICCARDI
Until March 26
From VisitFlorence.com: “The exhibition, La Bellezza Salvata or Rescued Beauty,' is presented as an itinerary through some of the places most affected by the flood of '66 (museums, collections, libraries, archives, & places of worship), and set at Palazzo Medici Riccardi (where the Medici Museum was located in 1966 and unfortunately destroyed by the water). It features a selection of works and artifacts that combine artistry with historical features and documentaries, and highlights the need to finish restoring several pieces which still remain hidden and damaged after the flood 50 years ago.”
Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129 Florence
TRA ARTE E MODA, ACROSS ART AND FASHION AT MUSEUM SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
Until April 7
Is fashion art?
A simple question conceals the complex universe of an articulated relationship that has long been investigated, but without arriving at a clear and unequivocal definition. This project analyses the forms of dialogue between these two worlds: reciprocal inspirations, overlaps and collaborations, from the experiences of the Pre-Raphaelites to those of Futurism, and from Surrealism to Radical Fashion.
The exhibition itinerary focuses on the work of Salvatore Ferragamo, who was fascinated and inspired by the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century, on several ateliers of the Fifties and Sixties that were venues for studies and encounters, and on the advent of the culture of celebrities. It then examines the experimentation of the Nineties and goes on to ponder whether in the contemporary cultural industry we can still talk about two separate worlds or if we are instead dealing with a fluid interplay of roles.
The distinctive aspect of the exhibition layout lies in the collaboration with other cultural institutions, which took an active part in implementing this concept with the aim of inspiring joint reflection: in addition to the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, promotor and organiser of the project together with the Fondazione Ferragamo, in Florence the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, the Gallerie degli Uffizi (the Galleria d’arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti and the Galleria del Costume), the Museo Marino Marini, and in Prato the Museo del Tessuto.
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Piazza Santa Trinita 5R
Official Website: http://www.ferragamo.com/museo/en/usa/exhibitions/
|LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN FEBRUARY
PRESENTATION OF NEW PUBLICATION, THE FLORENTINE LITERARY REVIEW, FOR FACULTY AND STUDENTS
From The Florentine: “What’s all the buzz around the launch of our bilingual literary magazine, TheFLR. The Florentine Literary Review? Come to ISI to learn more about this new publication, the brainchild of author Alessandro Raveggi, and how it aims to spread knowledge of Italian language, literature and contemporary Italy. This event is intended for students, professors and American and foreign university staff. Speakers Luca Baldoni, Diego Bertelli and Raveggi will analyze the first issue, give a preview of the second and discuss how students and faculty can collaborate with TheFLR through workshops and subscriptions. Refreshments will follow. Space is limited to 50 seats; book your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org."
Event Starts: 17.00
ISI Florence, Palazzo Bargagli, lungarno alle Grazie 22, Florence
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Cultural Programme is open to members of the British Institute of Florence. Membership options range from 24 hours (€5) to Life (€500).The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month.
This month’s event program includes:
Rock and roll diplomacy: how American music influenced the Rolling Stones, and how the Stones changed America. Lecture in English by Abigail Rupp.
1 February - 18:00
The US Consul-General in Florence, Abigail Rupp, looks at a slice of American musical history – country, jazz and blues – and how it influenced the premier British rock band.
Playful pictures: art and carnival culture under Lorenzo de’ Medici. Lecture in English by Chriscinda Henry.
8 February - 18:00
This talk by Prof Henry of McGill University explores the key visual role of Carnival within aristocratic leisure and courtship culture in Lorenzo’s Florence. Carnivalesque iconography includes Morris dancing, face-pulling, Bacchic figures of excess and sensual pleasure, and playful although often violent themes on the power of women and love.
Inglesi ingessati - gessi nella collezione Bartolini della Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze. Lecture in Italian by Cecilie Hollberg.
15 February - 18:00
The director of the Accademia Gallery discusses portrait busts of British visitors to Florence made by the sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini.
Storie e storia: scritture africane come fonte. Lecture in Italian for Black History Month Florence by Maria Stella Rognoni.
22 February - 18:00
As part of ‘Black History Month Florence’, the historian Maria Stella Rognoni (Department of Social and Political Science, University of Florence) looks at African politics as reflected in novels of Chinua Achebe, Binyavanga Wainaina and others.
For more information: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/news-events/events/cultural-programme
For membership: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership
EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO: FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.
Museo Novecento hosts special exhibitions and events. This month’s program includes:
February 1: Primo Dizionario Areo Italiano (Futurista)
February 8: Black History Month Florence presents Infinite Receptors
February 12: Grandi Artisti del Novecento: Felice Casorati
February 15: Gillo Dorfles: L’Arte Che Ho Incontrato Nella Mia Vita
February 22: Black History Month presents Italian Oresteia
MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
This event started small but has fast become a night not-to-be-missed in the Florence literarature and performance scene. A literary Open Mic Night for writers in Florence held on the first Wednesday of every month, writers gather in Hostel Tasso and present poems, stories, original songs, tales, and other delights.
The first Wednesday of every month. Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso
More information: https://www.facebook.com/openmicflorence/
|FILM EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
BALKAN FLORENCE EXPRESS FILM FESTIVAL
From The Florentine: “Broaden your cinematic horizons at the Balkan Florence Express film festival, organized by Oxfam and the Fondazione Sistema Toscana and showcasing 19 movies from Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and beyond. The opener will be Dobra ?ena (Good Wife), which chronicles the story of a married woman who stumbles on a secret from her husband’s past (February 23, 8.30pm). Star Mirijana Karanovi? will be present. Other highlights will be the most recent film from Oscar winner Danis Tanovi?, Smrt u Sarajevu (Death in Sarajevo, February 25) and a book presentation put on by Ciclica, featuring Gigi Riva (February 24, 4pm), vice director of L’Espresso and author of L'ultimo rigore di Faruk: Una storia di calcio e di guerra.”
Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence
The full program will soon be published on the website: http://www.balkanflorenceexpress.org
100 YEARS OF THE BRITISH INSTITUTE OF FLORENCE: CENTENARY FILM FESTIVAL
February 6, 7, and ongoing through the year
BRITISH 100 Film Festival: Twice monthly with program partner, the historic and beautiful Odeon cinema in Florence, the film festival will showcase films highlighting emerging and prize-winning British directors. This month’s film is Richard III.
The full program is available here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/british-100-film-festival/
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS: ODEON CINEMA
The stunning Odeon Cinema was opened in 1922, built into the interior of Renaissance treasure, Palazzo Strozzino. The original palazzo design was by Filippo Brunelleschi, and this is one of the most beautiful cinemas you will ever find in the world. The Odeon hosts a long-running program of Original Language films throughout the year. This month’s English language films include: La La Land and A United Kingdom.
There are also a number of special film events each month, that are not to be missed! The line up includes: Odeon Performing and Visual Arts National Preview: Les Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez, Odeon Performing and Visual Arts: British 100 Film Festival presents Richard III, Odeon Classics: Le Mepris Restored, Odeon Performing and Visual Arts: Claude Monet.
Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/...February-15-2.pdf
|MUSIC FOR FEBRUARY
PINOCCHIO JAZZ CLUB
Pass an energetic evening at one of the coolest and long running jazz haunts in town.
On February 4: Roots Magic presents Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic
Bookings and information: www.pinocchiojazz.it
ROMANTIC ITALIAN OPERA WITH DINNER IN SANTA MONACA CHURCH
February 15, 22
Hear the most famous opera arias by Bellini, Puccini, Verdi and many more in the unique atmosphere of the Santa Monaca Church in Florence. The talented singers will by accompanied by a piano. Make this evening into a proper Italian treat and enjoy a dinner at a typical Italian restaurant before the concert.
Soprano: Paola Cigna, Laura Andreini, Veronica Lazzeri, Elena Pinciaroli, Luisa Berterame
Mezzo-soprano: Laura Brioli, Lily Jorstad
Tenor: Sangtaek Oh
Baritone: Massimo Naccarato, Seonghoon Park
Bass: Leon Kim, Romano Martinuzzi
and winners of the Italian Opera Competition 2017
Before the concert, a typical Tuscan dinner awaits you at the 'Trattoria Napoleone', situated at Piazza del Carmine 24, only two minutes from Santa Monaca Church.
Bookings and to read the menu options: https://www.classictic.com/.../
MORE OPERA AND CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH DINNERS AT THE ICONIC CHIESA DI SANTA MONICA, FIRENZE
Situated in the heart of Florence, between the San Frediano and San Spirito districts, the 15th-century Church of Santa Monaca offers an intimate and attractive location for classical music and opera performances. The interior includes sculptures and paintings by Baccio da Montelupo, Giovanni Maria Butteri, and Cosimo Ulivelli. The church plays host to a wonderful program of Opera, Classical Music, and Concert events, often pairing the evenings with Tuscan styled dinner at a nearby restaurant.
The program for this month includes:
February 15, 22: Romantic Italian Opera with or without Dinner
February 16, 23: Italian Opera Baroque with Dinner
February 17, 24: Italian Opera: The 3 Sopranos with Dinner
February 18, 25: Sacred Arias in Santa Monica Church
February 19, 26: Italian Opera in Santa Monica Church, with or without Dinner
February 20, 27: Classic Italian Opera, with or without Dinner
February 21, 28: Great Piano Music, with or without Dinner
For more information about each event, including the dinner menus, and for ticket bookings: https://www.classictic.com/en/florence/chiesa_di_santa_monaca/294/
HOMAGE TO ANDREA TACCHI: ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA AT TEATRO VERDI
Join the musicians of the Orchestra della Toscana for a concert in memory of the prematurely deceased first violinist, Andrea Tacchi. Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Mendelssohn are on the program.
This concert would have been performed with the highly respected violinist of the Orchestra della Toscana, Andrea Tacchi, who unexpectedly passed away at the end of September.
Daniele Giorgi, violin
Augusto Gasbarri, cello
Alessio Galiazzo, oboe
Umberto Codecà, bassoon
VALENTINE’S DAY: GREAT OPERA MEETS BALLET IN FLORENCE WITH DINNER
The Valentine's Day Concert 'Opera and Ballet' offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their love with a romantic concert of opera and dance in the marvellous Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
The most suggestive Opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and other renowned romantic composers, performed by masterful soprano and tenor voices, are enriched by charming choreographies featuring a classical dancer from Florence Opera and Ballet Academy. The melodies of a Chamber Ensemble, consisting of oboe, strings and piano, will delight the public with the magic of Opera and Ballet in the most romantic day of the year. There is a 18.00 and a 20.30 seating to choose from.
Before the show, indulge in Tuscan cuisine and breathtaking views at the Vista Wine Bar. Located on the Panoramic Terrace of Hotel Laurus al Duomo, the Wine Bar offers views of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.
TEA AND OPERA EXPERIENCE AT RELAIS, SANTA CROCE
February 13, 20, 27
Add a taste of Italian lyricism to your afternoon tea break: This opera recital invites you to enjoy great music as well as an exclusive selection of gourmet tea.
In the magnificent Music Hall of Relais Santa Croce, a vocal soloist will perform with accompaniment from the grand piano. The program features opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and other renowned composers.
The Music Hall is an impressive 18th century grand ballroom, where the fireplace, the ceiling fresco, and the wide windows generate a majestic and aristocratic atmosphere. The crystal chandelier in the middle of the Music Hall is supported by wooden roof trusses based on a design by Leonardo Da Vinci.
THE THREE TENORS: AUDITORIUM AL DUOMO
February 7, 21
Add a taste of Italian lyricism, combined to traditional Neopolitan songs, to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.
This fusion of different musical forms takes place in the heart of Florence. The soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and grand piano. Famous arias from "La Traviata", "Rigoletto", and "Tosca" share the program with Neopolitan favorites like "O sole mio", "Funiculì Funiculà", and "Torna a Surriento".
THE THREE TENORS: AUDITORIUM SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO WITH DINNER
February 4, 11, 18
Add a taste of Italian lyricism to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.
In the Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, the soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and piano. Famous arias from 'La Traviata', 'Rigoletto', and 'Tosca' share the program with Neopolitan favorites like 'O sole mio', 'Funiculì Funiculà', and 'Torna a Surriento'.
Before the show, indulge in Tuscan cuisine and breathtaking views at the Vista Wine Bar. Located on the Panoramic Terrace of Hotel Laurus al Duomo, the Wine Bar offers views of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.
Approximate duration (min.): 90
Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com.../285099/
AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE
If you ever wanted to listen to classical music in a theatre where you could imagine Verdi or Mozart to walk in any second go to the jewel box Pergola Theatre. The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mompou, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Bach, and Haydn are only a small sample of what will be performed.
The February concerts include:
February 4: Jan Lisiecki on Pianoforte
February 5: Quartetto Kelemen
February 11, 12: Quartetto Artemis
February 18: Beatrice Rana on Pianoforte
February 19: Lilya Zilberstein and Martha Argerich, both on Pianoforte
February 20: Alexander Lonquich (Direttore e Pianista), Carolin Widmann (Violino), and Jorg Widmann (Clarinetto)
February 25: Matan Porat on Pianoforte, and Quartetto Jerusalem
To tickets and more information go to: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/stagione/
OPERA DI FIRENZE: 80th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola. The 2017 season continues with:
January 20-February 3: Opera: Faust
January 26-February 3: Opera for Family and Schools: Il Viaggio di Roberto
February 1, 8, 15, 22: Themed Season: Conoscere Brahms
February 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23: Musical Conversations: Le Convenienze e Inconvenienze Teatrali
February 17: Concert: Orchestra Directed by John Axelrod
February 19: Concert: Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein
February 21: Concert: Orchestra directed by Marc Albrecht
February 21, 22, 23, 25, 26: Opera Theatre for Schools and Family: Il Frankenstein
February 25: Concerto: Orchestra Directed by Fabio Luisi
Tickets and more information: http://www.operadifirenze.it/en/
CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA AT ST MARK’S CHURCH
In the beautiful and intimate setting of St Mark’s Church, the performances are complete operas, apart from one or two slight adaptations to suit the intimate setting. February’s program includes: La Traviata, Carmen, Love Duets, Madame Butterfly, and La Boheme.
Price: 30 €, seniors 25 €, students 15 €
Info: 340 8119192
For the complete schedule: http://concertoclassico.blogspot.it/p/programme.html
|DANCE AND THEATRE FOR FEBRUARY
|SHOWS AT TEATRO VERDI
The ‘Teatro Pagliano’, which assumed its current name, ‘Teatro Verdi,’ in 1901, was built during the Grand Ducal period in Florence on the former site of the fourteenth century Stinche Prison. During the nineteenth century, Florence – which was also the capital of Italy - witnessed the construction of many theaters. The Teatro Verdi is the only one still in operation, having lived through a century and a half of history and tremendous change. For Florence and the whole Tuscan region, this theater represents the focal point for special events and occasions, musical events, and popular performances. The Teatro Verdi was the dream project of Girolamo Pagliano. Pagliano was a former baritone and successful pharmacist who invented an elixir for long life. One of the seven largest theaters in Italy, its importance was clear from its inauguration on September 10th 1854. Viscardello, the original title of Verdi’s Rigoletto, was the theater’s inaugural performance. The tradition continues today, with a full program of events and concerts at the stunning venue.
February 1: Smith and Tifu
February 4 and 5: Vacanze Romane
February 5: Concert with Aperitivo
February 8-11: Garbo Parla (se-Greta-mente)
February 15: Tango Nuevo
For more information and to book tickets: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/
THEATRE AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
The Teatro della Pergola is a historic opera house in Florence, Italy. It is located in the centre of the city on Via della Pergola, from which the theatre takes its name. It was built in 1656 under the patronage of Cardinal Gian Carlo de' Medici to designs by the architect Ferdinando Tacca, son of the sculptor Pietro Tacca. The inaugural production was the opera buffa, Il potestà di Colognole by Jacopo Melani. The opera house, the first to be built with superposed tiers of boxes rather than raked semi-circular seating in the Roman fashion, is considered to be the oldest in Italy, having occupied the same site for more than 350 years. It has two auditoria, the Sala Grande, with 1,500 seats, and the Saloncino, a former ballroom located upstairs which has been used as a recital hall since 1804 and which seats 400.
Until February 5: Il Borghese Gentiluomo
Until February 17: Cantiere Opera
7-12 February: Romeo e Giulietta
14-24 February: Sorelle Materassi
2 February - 1 April: I Racconti del Terrore
3 February - 11 March: Quaderni
4 February - 18 March: Sulla Scia dei Giorni
For more information and to book tickets: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/
|EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR FEBRUARY
DALI, THE CLASSIC DREAM, AT PALAZZO BLU IN PISA
Until February 5
”Start by imitating the classics, and then you can do anything” - Salvado Dalì
Metamorfist, provocative, visionary, Salvador Dalí is an artist; both a myth and myth-maker. Salvador Dalí is exhibited in direct comparison with the ancient traditions and with the great masters of the past.
This is the Dalí who loved the great Italian Masters, citing Raphael & Cellini, illustrating Dante and Michelangelo, the star of this show, is the trilogy dedicated to Surrealism.
Text from: www.discoverytuscany.com
Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 19.00 & Sat - Sun: 10.00 - 20.00
Palazzo d’Arte e Cultura - Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti, 9, 56125
SIGNORINI E DI NITTIS: ART FROM THE 1800S IN VIAREGGIO
Until February 26
The 1800’s open for the World to See.
The newest exhibition at the Matteucci Center for Modern Art features an impressive display of masterpieces by the artists De Nittis, Zandomeneghi and Boldini.
The above works will be shown side by side to those of Signorini, Lega and other protagonists for the “Macchiaiolo” period.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Matteucci per l’Arte Moderna, Via D’annunzio, 28, Viareggio
LA FINE DEL MONDO: EXHIBITION IN PRATO
Until March 19
View today as from a distance, the idea is to “experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.”
Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages will be interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance represented not just as side events but as integral moments of the show, helping to build an immersive and captivating narrative.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Pecci Prato, Viale della Repubblica, 277, 59100 Prato
VOLAREARTE IN PISA: PARK EUN SUN SCULPTURES AT PISA AIRPORT
Until June 15
Well into the third edition of this initiative by the Henraux Foundation together with the Tuscany Airports, you will find a collection of 9 sculptures from Park Eun Sun gracing the Pisa airport.
This renowned Korean artist, a long time resident of Versilia, arrived in Italy to satisfy his desire to work with Apuane marbles. His artwork, known on an international level, is remarkable for the pure geometric forms composed of bi-color slabs of marble.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Galileo Galilei Airport, Pisa
CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK
Pievasciata, a tiny village in the heart of the Chianti region, has been transformed into a contemporary art centre. The focal point, the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations, is an integral part of a mystical wooded area.
There are three distinctive characteristics of the Park: integration of art and nature; diversity of cultures, represented by artists from all over the world; and a variety of materials. Each artist has been invited to visit the wood in order to choose a location and subsequently submit a site-specific proposal. This accounts for the harmony of the sculptures with the trees, the sounds, the colours, the light, and other elements of the wood. In fact, these man-made works do not extend beyond the limits of nature; rather, they integrate with it and enhance it. Inside the Park an Amphitheatre has also been created to offer visitors a rich program of concerts and cultural events.
The Chianti Sculpture Park is an indispensable stop not only for art lovers, but also for anyone who wishes to experience the delights of a walk through nature while admiring fascinating works of art. The visit is suitable for persons of every age on foot along a walking path of 1 km, but is also accessible with a child’s pushchair or a wheelchair.
Parco Sculture del Chianti, S.P. 9, Loc. La Fornace 48/49, 53010 Pievasciata (Siena)
Tel. +39 0577 357151
Web site: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/en-index.htm
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR FEBRUARY
HOT THERMAL BATHS TO EASE THE WINTER CHILL
Winter is the season to enjoy the range of beautiful hot springs located in Tuscany, both to warm you up and for all the rumoured health benefits! There are a number of different springs, some free and some with spa facilities designed to help you pass the entire day relaxing out of the city centre. Check out their websites to see which one you like, and don’t be afraid to try the plunge from the hot springs to the cold lakes - they swear it’s good for you! A list of Tuscan Thermal Baths:
Terme di Bagno Vignoni (Siena)
Grotta Giusti (Pistoia)
Terme di Gambassi Stabilimento Acqua di Pillo (Florence)
Terme di Firenze (Florence)
Terme di Montecatini (Pistoia)
Terme di San Casciano dei Bagni Fonteverde (Siena)
Terme di Saturnia (Grosseto)
Terme Calidario (Livorno)
IL CARNEVALE CELEBRATIONS IN VIAREGGIO
5, 12, 18, 26, and the big parade on the 28th February
The celebrations for Il Carnevale happen all over Tuscany, but by far the most famous and exciting is the famed Carnevale in Viareggio. This is their 143rd year, and there are five chances to see the Masked Parade, as well as the “Great Ending Fireworks”. If there was ever a time to make the trip outside of Florence, this is it. The parades, parties, fireworks, masked balls, theatre, and culinary events are truly over-the-top. Wear clothes you don't care too much about, because it's a given that you'll end up sprayed with foam and sprinkled with confetti! Old, young, and everyone in-between, joins in the silliness.
The Viareggio Carnival started in 1873 when a number of local aristocrats decided to organize an extravagant parade on Shrove Tuesday (martedì grasso), before the 40-day austerity of Lent. The five masked parades through the seaside town will each have their own set of papier-mâché floats and puppets, which will parade along the famous viali a mare, down the seaside promenades, offering a wide program of entertainment and fun for children and adults. Bands and other performance groups come from all over the world to participate. At least 800,000 visitors enjoy the Viareggio Carnival each year.
The floats are the true crowd-pleasers. They take an entire year to construct. The biggest, over 20 meters high and weighing 40 tons, will carry about 200 people in costume who dance and throw confetti and candies. Other people will be inside the floats to manoeuvre the weights, the counter-weights and levers that make the puppets move. The paper maché puppets satirise public and political figures, depict social issues, as well as fairy-tale heroes. Noteworthy, is the program of related events including a large number of shows and cultural activities such as musical comedies in vernacular, a series of carnival menus available in the restaurants, festivals in the various neighbourhoods, as well as numerous masked balls held in the most fashionable discotheques and ballrooms.
Parades start 3pm.
BENVENUTO BRUNELLO: WELCOME BRUNELLO IN MONTALCINO (SIENA)
Every year in February the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino organises an event called “BENVENUTO BRUNELLO”. On this occasion the new wines on the market since the beginning or the new year are presented to the press and the stars assigned to the new vintage are announced. On the same occasion a commemorative tile is placed on the walls of the old Town Hall and the Leccio d’Oro Prize is awarded. Two days are dedicated to the presenting of the new wines on the market to the operators in the sector. While the official tastings are limited to press and buyers, the entire town comes to life with extra events included for the public.
For more information: http://www.consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it
SESTO FIORENTINO CARNEVALE
The municipality of Sesto Fiorentino offers perhaps the closest carnival celebration to Florence. The theme of Pinnochio will be celebrated with workshops, parades, and special events for children. The parades will be accompanied by music from the local municipal band and a number of stands will line the streets, offering traditional carnival sweets, including cenci (fried and sugared dough), schiacciata alla fiorentina (citrus sponge cake), and fritelle di riso (flavoured rice cakes).
For more information, please visit http://www.comune.sesto-fiorentino.fi.it..carnevale-a-sesto
FOIANO DELLA CHIANA (AREZZO) CARNEVALE
February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5
The small agricultural town of Foiano della Chiana boasts one of the most varied carnivals, tracing its origins back to 1539. The four districts of the town compete for the best float prize, and spectators of the parades traditionally throw fruit and vegetables at the people on the floats. The protagonist of this Carnival is King Giocondo, whose straw effigy is burnt every year in the main square after the traditional reading of the deeds and misdeeds to signal the end of winter. This year, the burning of King Giocondo will take place on March 5 at 19.00.
For more information, visit www.carnevaledifoiano.it
BIBBIENA IN THE VALLEY OF CASENTINO: CARNEVALE DI MEA
To get off the proverbial ‘beaten path’ and witness some serious local pride, head to Bibbiena, the largest town in the valley of Casentino, for the Carnival of Mea. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Bibbiena became central to a regional Guelph–Ghibelline power struggle. To express disdain for their Florentine enemies, Bibbiena residents organised fabulous feasts, festivals and dances. Contemporary locals continue to honor this part of their history with parades on Shrove Tuesday. Adding to the local flair, the eldest resident of Bibbiena’s Fondaccini district traditionally lights a fire to kick off the evening festivities, which include singing, dancing and banquets. (no official website; events held on February 15 and 17)
CARNEVALE SULLE DUE RIVE, VINCI
February 12, 19, 26, and March 5
Hosted in the municipality of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, the Carnevale sulle Due Rive celebrates three days of parades. The floats are particularly well done, built with the active participation of carpenters, electricians, and many local artisans to provide their time and talents to the realisation of the carnival. The floats are particularly large and children and adults are welcome to climb aboard! On Shrove Tuesday the parade takes place at night, ending on the banks of the Arno for the Bonfire of the King, followed by a fireworks display. Also a part of the carnival is a market of local foods.
For details: www.carnevalesulleduerive.it
February 5, 12, 19, 26, and 28
In Piazza Dante of Borgo San Lorenzo, the Mugellano Carnival traces its origins back to Medicean Tuscany and the sixteenth century. Amongst the masks and floats, confetti and streamers, entertainment for all will be offered from 14.30 on both Sundays. The parades begin at 15.00. This years floats will include Ice Age, the Minions, the Barcone Pirates, Indians, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Disco “Teen Club”, trains, boats, and the Galleon which will be operated by the staff of the Carnival. Traditional music and market stands add to the Carnival atmosphere.
For more information: http://www.eventiintoscana.it/...borgo-san-lorenzo-firenze
Have a flair for the dramatic? You’ll feel right at home at Piombino’s carnival celebrations. In addition to offering the standard seasonal parades and parties, Piombino has a festival mascot: a giant papier-mâché mask called ‘Cicciolo,’ which is ceremoniously burned at the end of the carnival in front of thousands of onlookers. Before the mask-burning extravaganza, head to one of the many food and wine stands to sample local specialties from the Costa degli Etruschi and Val di Cornia wine trails.
For more information, see: http://www.regioni-italiane.com/carnevale-piombino.htm
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