On November 21, in the wonderful White Hall of Pitti Palace, the harmonies of Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Brahms and Saint-Saëns will open the festival "Da Firenze all’Europa", now in its second edition, the result of a multi-year agreement between the Musica con le Ali Association and the Uffizi Galleries.
In the perfect harmony between the works of art of Pitti Palace and the greatest music of all time, the festival is structured like in the first edition, into two cycles, in autumn and spring. The concerts are held from 21 to 24 November 2018 and from 27 February to 2 March 2019, and feature some of the best young Italian talents of classical music, supported in their educational and professional path by the Musica con le Ali Association.
This project has been designed with the dual objective of offering a broad public of Florentines and tourists the opportunity for an unforgettable experience in one of the most important and famous art places in the world. At the same time, the event offers significant visibility and professional growth opportunities for musicians supported by the Musica con le Ali Association, giving them the opportunity to perform in a setting that is unique in the world, as part of a prestigious festival that celebrates the link between Florence, Italy and Europe as bulwarks of music and culture. As in the last edition, visitors to Pitti Palace can attend the events with the regular admission ticket, subject to availability.
"It is with profound satisfaction - declares Carlo Hruby, President of the Musica con le Ali Association - that we present the second edition of the festival "Da Firenze all’Europa", after last season's great success. This important and unmissable appointment for Florentines and tourists was made possible thanks to the collaboration with the Uffizi Galleries and their Director Eike Schmidt, who showed great sensitivity and attention for the enhancement of young musical talents, the primary objective of our Association. This is an important partnership, which provides a unique setting to allow the promotion and enhancement of classical music and the talent of young musicians who bring it to life with intensity, making it eternal.
"After the great success of the first edition - comments Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries - I am really happy to host these rising stars of classic music again in a place so intrinsically permeated with the history of music as the White Room of Pitti Palace. For this, I am deeply grateful to Carlo Hruby. The fact that the concerts are included in the museum ticket offers visitors the chance to admire treasures of visual art and, at the same time, to listen to some of the most important cornerstones in the history of music".
Musica con le Ali is a non-profit cultural association, established in Milan in 2016 at the initiative of Carlo Hruby and his family to protect and give value to classical music and promote talented young Italian musicians, so that they can grow professionally in music and find the success they deserve. The aim of the association is to contribute concretely to the personal and professional growth of a limited number of young musicians, carefully selected on the basis of their formation and their musical gift, helping them, supporting them and promoting them to favour their affirmation in the world of classical music. A fundamental part is also the concerts, festivals and musical reviews that the Musica con le Ali Association organises as a moment of professional growth and above all as an occasion for visibility and opportunity to enhance artistic capabilities. The concerts are always organised in places of great merit and importance for their aesthetic, historic and cultural value; they are preceded by intense promotional work and supported with communication focused on the young protagonists and on their talent.
Program of the autumn cycle
The first concert will feature violinist Lucille Rose Mariotti and pianist Martina Consonni, who will perform music by Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Brahms and Saint-Saëns on Wednesday November 21 at 4pm.
On Thursday, November 22 at 4pm, pianists Emma Pestugia and Martina Consonni will bring to life the notes of Mozart, Schubert and Brahms.
On Friday, November 23, there will be two rendezvous: at 11:30am with Giulia Attili, cello, and Roberto Arosio, piano, who will delight the attendees with pieces by Brahms, Fauré, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, and at 4pm the Werther Quartet will perform music by Schumann and Fauré.
Also on Saturday, November 24, the talents of Musica con le Ali will perform in two concerts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Starting at 11:30am, Erica Piccotti, cello, and Filippo Gamba, piano, will open with music by Schumann, Janáček and Beethoven; in the afternoon, at 4pm, the first part of the festival will end with the concert by pianist Lavinia Bertulli and the Bologna Senzaspine Orchestra conducted by Tommaso Ussardi, performing music by Schumann and Beethoven.