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Music, harmony and landscape: the great beauty of the Chianti region is dedicated to those who want to be seduced by opera and classical music in addition to ﬁne wine and good country living.
It is the winning card of the town Union of Chianti Fiorentino, this summer’s cultural offering which enriches the Chianti trademark, already afﬁrmed on the tourist market. The events attract and entertain citizens and visitors with ﬁne quality artistic proposals.
From Mozart to Verdi, from Haydn to Puccini, the Chianti summer wind blows in the villages, rural churches, palaces and castles of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Greve in Chianti, San Casciano and Tavarnelle.
GREVE IN CHIANTI
It is a summer in honor of the great singer and educator, Daniel Ferro and international opera. The lyric tourist season is beginning and intensifying in Chianti, where more than twenty years its roots were planted in Greve, thanks to the quality, intuition, and international atmosphere of the master classes conducted by the American artist, who passed last November.
The bel canto tradition makes a long voyage, from the USA to the most beautiful hills in the world. The town invests in the lyrical music cultlure by offering an entire summer dedicated to an international opera repertoire.
Inspired by the master classes of Ferro, “Greve Belcanto in Tuscany” is the third course of the season, after those by the students and educators of Connecticut and the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program. It consists of an ample cycle of lessons and concerts, in program from August 1-20, directed and produced by the Orchestra directors Giovanni Reggioli and Crutchﬁeld, by Dona Vaughn, director of the Metropolitan Opera of New YOrk and by the soprano, Elisabeth Bishop.
The concerts will take place on August 5 at the Castello di Verrazzano (8:30pm), August 10 in piazza Matteotti (9:15pm), on August 12 in the San Leolino Church, on August 19 in the piazza di Santa Croce a Greve (9:15pm). The concerts will involve students and propose sections of celebrated operas, chosen from Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi. Free admission. Info: www.comune.greve-in-chianti.ﬁ.it.
LAMOLE (GREVE IN CHIANTI)
There are nine appointments in the 28th concert summer of Lamole, directted by Don Luigi Gori. Until September 4, there will be concerts in the Church of San Donato a Lamole, important village, nominated as a historic landscape of Italy. They will take place on July 31 (7pm), on August 7, 14, 21, 25, and 28 at 7pm, and on September 3 and 4 at 6pm. Between August 7 and 14, there will be two rare piano concerts: the ﬁrst is with the pianist, Valeria Vetruccio, the second with Praxedies Genevieve Hug, with a program centered on little known notes by Granados, Rosenblatt, Albeniz, Gershwin, Rossini, Liszt, and Bellini. Info: 055 8547160 Entrance:10 euros, Reduced, 5 Euros.
LINARI (BARBERINO VAL D’ESLA)
At Barberino Val d’Elsa, (territory which has borne the brand of “quality touristic environment” since 2004 according to Bandiera Arancione) it is time for the LInar Classic, Started in 2003 from an idea of the Australian, Airdrie Armstrong, it is an international festival of classical music. It proposes a cycle of appointments in some of the most suggestive locations of Chianti. The Town Union of Chianti Fiorentino supports the 16th edition of the event, with space for young talented musicians of different nationalites to express their talent in a concert at the Paneretta Castle on July 29 in Monsanto. An antique fort, built around a lookout tower of the 13th century, it will host the Nash Ensemble of London. For info: www.unionechiantiﬁorentino.it.
SAN DONATO IN POGGIO (TAVARNELLE)
In the medieval heart of San Donato in Poggio, “Chianti in Musica” returns. It is an event founded by Adriana Armaroli and promoted by the Town Union. It will enrich the winding streets and piazzas of the antique village until July 30. The concerts and performances stem from the courses for instruments and group music run by some of the main educators of the national scene. Every day, at 6:30pm, there will be free musical “aperitifs” and concerts held by the students and teachers of the courses, open to the public. They are accompanied by moments of wine tasting from some of the best producers of Chianti Classico. The docents are Lorenzo Missaglia (ﬂute),Luca Avanzi (oboe),Carlo De Martini (violin), Maria Ronchini (viola), Martina Rudic (cello), Francesco Biraghi (guitar) and Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano and chamber music). Info: www.chiantinmusica.it.