Over 600 young people for the 21st Festival of Youth Orchestras
Over 600 young musicians and singers from 10 nations of the world will be the protagonists of the new edition of the Festival of Youth Orchestras, which has reached its 21st edition this year.
The Festival is part of the broader calendar of events of the Florentine Summer 2019, with the contribution of the Municipality of Florence, the Tuscany Region and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, and is realized with the collaboration of The Uffizi Galleries.
Florence, known in the world as the cradle of the Renaissance, will host the various European and American orchestral and choral groups in Piazza della Signoria, under the Loggia dei Lanzi, and in the Basilica of Santa Croce.
The opening concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 23, at 9.15pm. On the stage of the lily city, set between the Perseus of Cellini and the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna, under the aegis of Cosimo I de 'Medici, on the 500th anniversary of his birth, will rise the Sandnes Ung Symfoni, youth orchestra of the Norwegian municipality of Sandnes, consisting of over 40 elements, directed by Kjersti Nilsen. The orchestra will be joined by three soloists: Tim Martin and Erlend Løndal Vikse on the flute and Mathea Larsen Eie on the cello.
The Symphony n. 1 in Si b Maggiore by the London composer William Boyce, his eighth work written in 1756, the most performed and, therefore, the most famous of the 1700s, considered as a "symphonic gem" of the 18th century and titled, originally, Ode for the new year .
From Great Britain to Italy with a tribute to the Venetian Baroque and to its most famous exponent Antonio Vivaldi, with the performance of the Concerto for two flutes and strings RV 533 . From Vivaldi to Franz Joseph Haydn with his little-known Sinfonia n. 27 in Sol Maggiore , accidentally found in Romania, in the Sibiu archive, in 1946; a tribute to Italy and Sicily with the second movement, the Andante 'a Siciliano' .
With the two famous pages of the Norwegian composer and pianist Edward Grieg, the Holdberg Suite op. 40 and the elegiac Melodies op 34 n. 1 , the Sandnes Ung Symfoni will lead us to the discovery of dances, now romantically elegant now of Bach's memory, and sentimental melodies, sung by the solo cello, the voice of the heart of the same Grieg who declares his greatest love to his wife Nina who has literally broken heart.
And it is still Norway that is celebrated - after a small German parenthesis with the execution of the famous Hungarian Dance n. 5 by Johannes Brahms - with the performance of the popular song Byssan Lull , arranged by Tormod Tvete Vik.
From the Nordic folk song to the soundtrack of La La Land , a film by Damien Chazelle, winner of 6 Academy Awards, of which one for the best soundtrack composed by the young American Justin Hurwitz (born in 1985) and another for his extraordinary song City of Stars , what better song.
Closes the evening the rock masterpiece written by Freddi Mercury and interpreted by Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody .
The Festival calendar includes the performance of the Scottish Perth Youth Orchestra (July 6, 8:30 pm), the Austrian Jugendsinfonieorchester Dornbirn (July 7, 8:30 pm), the French Choeur et Orchester Sorbonne Université (July 9, 8:30 pm), of Symphony Jong Twente from the Netherlands (10 July, 8.30pm), of the Estonian Harju County String Orchestra (12 July, 8.30pm), of the Jugendsinfonieorchester Mittleres Rheintal from Austria (17 July, 8.30pm), of the US North Stars Chamber Orchestra (July 18, 8:30 pm), of the US-Italian Joint Concert with the Chamber Music Center of New York and the Apulia Youth Symphony Orchestra (July 25, 9 pm), of the Belgian Academy String Orchestra Maasmechelen (July 26, 8:30 pm) ), of the Estonian Magic String, in the Sala della Maddalena of the Basilica of Santa Croce (July 30th, 5.30pm) and, finally, of the Germans Jung Bläserphilharmonie NRW in Piazza della Signoria (August 20, 9.15pm) for the closing concert of the 21st edition of the Festival.
Passion, Music and Youth are the three pillars of the Festival, as both artistic director Mario Ruffini and president Veronica Del Signore remind us. Culture, education, beauty, cooperation, synergies, sharing are the founding values of this Festival, of the twelve summer performances of the thirteen youth groups, an expression of cultural diversity that unites and results in planetary wealth and beauty.
All appointments are free and admission free.
For info: www.florenceyouthfestival.it
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