25 June - 08 August 2018 / 25th June - 08th August 2018
FLORENCE - Piazza della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi
The Festival of Youth Orchestras turns 20 20th edition for the Festival of Youth Orchestras, Florentine festival and not only, dedicated to young musicians of the five continents of the planet, as recalled by the Artistic Director Mario Ruffini, who meet every year in Florence. The Festival has obtained the patronage and the contribution of the Florentine Summer 2018 of the Municipality of Florence, of the Tuscany Region, of the Fondazione CRFirenze, and is realized in collaboration with the MIBACT and the Uffizi Galleries.
Piazza Signoria and its Loggia dei Lanzi, the heart of the city, are the stage for the 14 youth groups from Norway, USA, Czech Republic, Australia, Germany, Low Countries, Finland, Belgium, South Korea, for 11 summer musical events.
Passion, music and youth are the three founding pillars of this edition, an important goal that finds its extraordinary nature in the coexistence of cultural and historical diversity of the involved complexes; diversity that unite, riches that generate wealth, in wonderful places, as stated by the President of the Festival, Veronica Del Signore.
The inauguration concert, scheduled for Monday 25 June, at 6.15 pm, in the Church of San Carlo dei Lombardi (Via dei Calzaiuoli), is entrusted to the Norwegian Uranienborg Flutes Ensemble, founded by Svein Egil Skotte in 1989 in Oslo. 15 elements that, under the direction of their founder, will perform traditional Irish and Norwegian dances and arias together with the most famous European baroque pages, from the Music for the Royal Fireworks by GF Händel, to the big concerts of A. Vivaldi, passing for the masterpieces by W. Byrd, GP da Palestrina, JS Bach.
Tuesday, June 26, at 21.15, the Festival will move, as well as for all subsequent events, in Piazza della Signoria, under the Loggia dei Lanzi and the attentive gaze of the Perseocelliniano, with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. Over 100 performers, all wind instruments and percussions, grown within the Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform, following the wands of Darren Allen, Daniel Crain and Melissa Lichtler, soundtracks, polkas, marches, hymns, suites, opera arias, from Henri Mancini to Giacomo Puccini. The Brno Youth Symphony Orchestra, coming from the Czech Republic, will perform Wednesday 27 June at 20.30. The Orchestra of the Brno School of Art, made up of over 40 students, will testify in the pages of the late Romantic and 20th repertoire, by Giuseppe Verdi with the Ouvertureda La forza del destino, up to Leonard Bernstein, on the centenary of his birth, with West SideStory. They run Gabriela Tardonovà and Tomàš Krejčí.
Monday, July 9, at 8.30 pm, the Loggia dei Lanzi will be the stage for the youngest orchestral formation of the Festival: the Huntingtower String Orchestra. Young Australian stringed instrumentalists, directed by Lynley Bramble, will face a musical journey that from Italy, with Antonio Vivaldi and Antonio Salieri, will reach the US with Gustav Holst and Norway with Edvard Grieg. Winners of numerous awards, including the Summa Cum Laude first prize at the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, the Huntingtower Orchestra will accompany soloists Prudence Davis, flute, and Jeffrey Crellin, oboe, both first parts of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Two German orchestras will share the evening on Wednesday, July 11th at 8.30pm. A concert for two musical genres: Justus Tennie will conduct the Hamburg Youth Orchestra in a classical program with pages by G. Verdi and R. Schumann and then pass the baton to the solo trumpet Ingolf Burkhardt, well-known Jazz soloist, ambassador Yamaha, who will duet with the Orchestra, and finally the Landesjugendjazz orchester Hamburg, directed by Lars Seniuk, with the major jazz standards of G. Marks, S. Simons, S. Nestico, T. Jones.
The concerts and symphonies for strings by P. Locatelli, JS Bach and D. Shostakovich will be performed on Sunday 15 July, at 8.30 pm, by the Haydn Youth String Orchestra. Driving Jan-Ype Note. Solo violin Azra Rustempašič. The Orchestra will take us by hand, from the Netherlands, through musical homages to Italy, Germany and Russia.
On Wednesday 18 July, at 8.30 pm, the Dortmund Youth Orchestra, a German team led by Achim Fiedler, will share the evening with two Finnish realities: the Juvenilia Chamber Orchestra, led by Janne Hanhijärvi, and the Käpylä Orchestra Helsinki, directed by Ahti Valtonen. One night in half the summer under the sign of the symphonic poems by H. Eller, with his Twilight in the morning and Jan Sibelius, with his Finland, homage to the homeland. The evening opens a sublime page of the solo repertoire for cello, the Concerto op. 104 by A. Dvorak, performed by the soloist Matthias Fiedler. Till Schwarz will climb the Florentine podium at the helm of the symphonic Konstanz Youth Orchestra that from the late romantic, albeit Shakespearean, Fantasia on Romeo and Juliet by PI Tchaikovsky, will plow the ocean into the new world, to perform the memorable soundtrack by K. Badelt, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Appointment scheduled for Saturday, July 21, at 20.30.
The formation of the Netherlands, Almeer Jeugd Symphonie Orkestre conducted by Hans Welle, will perform Wednesday, July 25, at 20.30. The repertoire will address the best known symphonic and operatic pages by P. Mascagni and G. Puccini, Russian, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Egyptian dances by D.Shostakovich, J. Brahms, C. Saint-Saëns, A. Márquez, A. Biagini, to then try the soundtracks of Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone, with the soloists Joachim van Dijk, on the violin, and Daan Welle, on the trombone.
The penultimate round of the calendar is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, at 20.30, with the Harmonieorkest Panta Rei Lenven. Everything flows in a cinematic and operatic plot that pays homage to Italy. The wand is entrusted to Jo Schelkens. The performance of the Belgian wind orchestra will be enhanced by the soloist performances of the soprano Emile De Voght.
South Korea closes the 20th edition of the Festival on 8 August 2018 at 8.30 pm The 60 elements of Gwangu Ymca 'Dream' Youth Orchestra, directed by Kang Jae Jin, with some dreamy solo trumpet performances by Kim Shin Hyeok, will lead us on a musical journey that from the classic, with WA Mozart and L. van Beethoven, will pass to film music and, finally, to traditional Korean music.
We remind you that all the concerts organized by the Festival are free.
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