Salon/Sanctuary Concerts in Florence, Italy
2016 Sacro/Profano Festival
Il Filo d’Arianna / Ariadne’s Thread
All concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified
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Special Preview Concert presented in collaboration with NYU Villa La Pietra
|The Limonaia of Villa La Pietra
Sunday, June 5th 5pm
The Limonaia of Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
Reservations are required for this concert. Please email to make reservations.
The 6th century-BC lyric
Arianna Savall, soprano and Bárbitos/Lýra
Giovanni Cantarini, tenor and Kithára/Lýra
Martin Lorenz, Týmpana, Kýmbala and Krótala
Conrad Steinmann, Aulós, Kýmbala; music and direction
Villa La Pietra’s The Season and Sacro/Profano open with a program that honors the inspiration of the Renaissance through a performance of ancient Greek Lyric poetry.
The Florentine Camerata looked to Athenian dramatists in their creation of opera, while Renaissance thinkers resurrected the Greek philosophers in their pursuit of a "new" humanism.
This theatrical concert of reconstructed treasures gives voice to such varied characters as Sappho, Anacreaon, Theognis, Solon, and Mimnermos, scanning the range of expression at the dawn of Western Civilization.
Cantalupi, Frenkel, Gould, Pozzi
Thursday, June 9th
7:30pm – Dinner
9:00pm – Performance
The Portico of the Great Synagogue of Florence
Via Luigi Carlo Farini 6
From Ghetto to Cappella
Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy
Ensemble L’Aura Soave Cremona
Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contralto
Diego Cantalupi, lute & Davide Pozzi, harpsichord and organ
Hebrew chants, works of Strozzi, Marcello, Salamone Rossi and others attest to a lively exchange of musical ideas at a time of great oppression. Our original program commemorating the 500th anniversary of the construction of the Venetian Ghetto opens the season of Jewish music events at the Great Synagogue of Florence.
Friday, June 10th 6:15pm
La Venerabile Arciconfraternita della Misericordia di Firenze
Piazza Duomo, 20, Firenze
Corina Marti, Double Recorder and
Late fourteenth-century instrumental music that forms
the core of this concert comes from the two most important surviving sources
of this repertoire: the London and the Faenza codices. Corina Marti sets out
“in search of the delightful flowers” (Jacopo da Bologna) hidden in those two
distinct universes of Late Medieval music, the monophonic and the polyphonic. The
remarkable variety of the period is
heard in the sound of recorders (including the double recorder so frequently
seen in the fourteenth-century Italian iconography) and of a clavisymbalum – a
reconstruction of the earliest form of a harpsichord.
Santa Maria Novella
Saturday, June 11th 7pm
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 18, 50123 Firenze
Rime Dolci e Leggiadre
The Musical Legacy of the ‘Dolce Stil Nuovo’ Poets
Ensemble La Morra
VivaBiancaLuna Biffi, voice and fiddle & Giovanni Cantarini, voice
Corina Marti, recorders and clavisimbalum & Michał Gondko, lute
Excerpts from Dante’s The Divine Comedy, music by Francesco Landini, Paolo da Firenze, songs of Hell and Purgatory are sung side by side with sweet sonnets of Dante’s trecento. Hear this exquisite Florentine repertoire in the church where Boccaccio's Decameron begins.
The cortile of Palazzo Bardi
June 12th 5pm
The Cortile of Palazzo
Via dè Benci, 5, Firenze
are required for this concert. Please email to make a reservation.
Arias from the Birth of
Noa Frenkel, contralto
Diego Cantalupi, lute & Davide Pozzi, harpsichord
and humanists of the Florentine Camerata, also known as the Camerata de’ Bardi,
looked back to ancient Greek Drama in their creation of a new art form. In the
cortile of Brunelleschi’s Palazzo Bardi, which once housed a theater where new
works were aired, a program unfolds of artifacts from the dawn of
opera. Included with works of Peri, Frescobaldi, Caccini and others, is
Monteverdi’s great Lamento d’Arianna,
a thread from a lost operatic tapestry that remains undiscovered to this day.
Caravaggio, The Flight into Egypt
Monday, June 13th 9pm
The Cappella di San Luca (Cappella dei Pittori) of the Church of Santissima Annunziata
Piazza SS Annunziata, 50122 Firenze
I Viaggi di Caravaggio
Jessica Gould, soprano & Diego Cantalupi, lute
Chiaroscuro, or the theatrical contrast of light and dark, is a technique pioneered by the great Baroque painter Caravaggio. Yet chiaroscuro describes not just baroque painting but music as well, as seicento composers elucidated texts and drove narratives through sudden shifts in sonic color.
A fresco of Giorgio Vasari sets the stage for this concert of sacred seicento repertoire by Ferrari, Merula, Sances, Rigatti, and Kapsberger, presented in the famous “Artists’ Chapel,” known as the Cappella di San Luca, of the Accademia delle Belli Arti del Disegno. Founded in 1563 by Cosimo dei Medici, the Accademia once boasted among its membership Michelangelo, Del Sarto, Pontormo, Gentileschi, as well as Caravaggio himself.
One of the organs of Santa Felicità
Tuesday, June 14th
Guided Tour 8pm
The Church of Santa
Piazza Santa Felicita, 3,
Le Voci di Santa Felicità
Behind the scenes tour and short demonstration concert with Giovanni Guidetti, art historian and Lucia Baldacci, organ
The two organs of the Church of
Santa Felicità, The Seffirini and the Contini, have faced each other across the aisle since they were
constructed in the 1580s and played by Frescobaldi and Galileo’s Daughter,
respectively. Looking down upon the sanctuary is the Palco dei Medici, the
secret loft that allowed the Medici to worship, hidden and protected from hoi polloi below. Secret corridors hidden in the walls hold a library and more.
An organist of Santa Maria Novella and the Duomo performs a short demonstration program divided between each instrument, as part of a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the oldest churches in Florence.
Detail from Caravaggio, The Lute Player
Wednesday, June 15th 9pm
La Sala dell’Accademia delle Arti del Disegno
Via Orsanmichele, 4, 50123 Firenze
L’Eredità Caravaggiesca / The Inheritance of Caravaggio
From Stylus Phantasticus to Stile Galante
Diego Cantalupi, lute
The scientific discoveries of the seicento that rocked the foundations of religious authority also led to a new musical aesthetic of jolts, shifts, and extreme virtuosity, known as “fantastic style.” A solo lute recital of works by Castaldi, Gionancelli, and Zamboni by one of Italy’s leading lutenists offers a window onto the twilight of the Baroque.
Detail from Bacchus and Ariadne by Nicola Carta
Thursday, June 16th 7pm
di Camaldoli 9/R?50124 Firenze
Il Filo d’Arianna / Ariadne’s Thread
Jessica Gould, soprano & Kostja Kostic, clarinet
Diego Cantalupi, guitar & Kenneth Hamrick, fortepiano
The Neo-Classical aesthetic revolution followed the
one in the streets. As Liberté, Egalité, et Fraternité tore down the bloated barriers
of the ancien regime, artists and composers returned to the Greeks once again, inspired
by the simplicity, balance, and logic inherent in Classical form.
raucous Romanticism lurking around the corner, could any love affair with order be anything more than a fling? The swing from Apollo to Dionysus contours of
our final program, as a pair of farewells by Mozart (Parto, Parto) and Haydn (Arianna
a Naxos) bookmark the proto-Wagnerian stirrings of Louis Spohr and a modern-day premiere of songs by Domenico Maria Puccini, grandfather of Giacomo.
* Venues and programs subject to change