Christmas Concerts in Florence 2011

Sheela Raman
December 15, 2011

Tis the season to rejoice with holiday music! The following is a list of Christmas concerts in Florence, as well as some particularly interesting classical concerts that will take place during December 2011.


Huber and Gerhaher play Mahler

December 17, 5pm, Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 12/32, Florence


Pianist Gerold Huber and baritone Christian Gerhaher will present Mahler's cycle of songs, The Youth's Magic Horn, which composed with lyrics from an anonymous collection of German folk poems,  including ‘Who thought up this little song?' ‘I Went with Pleasure,' ‘The Sentinel's Night Song,' ‘Song of the Persecuted in the Tower.' Huber and Gerhaher are a well-known duo, having won a Gramophone Award in 2006 and two German Phono prizes, among others, for their work. 


For information, call 055/609012 or see



Mahler's Symphony No. 4

December 17, 9pm, Le Murate, Piazza Madonna della Neve, Florence


Mahler fans can either choose from two concerts on December 17 or attend both. Marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's death, Le Murate is presenting a reinterpretation of his music. Symphony No. 4 will be played in a chamber music version arranged by Edwin Stein, a pupil of Schoenberg. Another version will follow, in C, arranged by Terry Riley. This modern revisitation of Mahler's work, presented by Our Time Chamber Orchestra, promises to be a refreshing example of how the classical tradition continues to evolve. Symphony No. 4, influenced by lieder music, is thematically linked to The Youth's Magic Horn, and so will provide a nice segue for those also attending the Pergola concert.


For more information, call 055/2001875 or see



Jazz concert

December 17, 10pm, Viale Donato Gianotti 13, Pinocchio Jazz, Florence


Percussionist Han Bennink, one of the foremost exponents of European avant-guarde jazz, along with other members of his quintet, will play selections from their latest album, Who's in Charge? Along with Bennink, members of the quintet include American trombonist Ray Anderson (five-time winner of Down Beat Critic's Poll), avant-guarde German guitarist Frank Mobus, and two well-known members of the Dutch jazz scene, Ernst Glerum and Paul van Kemenade.


For information, call 055/683388 or see



Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert - CANCELLED

The Florentine has just learned from Orcafi that this concert, listed on their website will not take place; they apologize for the error in not updating their website.

December 23, 7pm, Via Por Santa Maria, Florence


This Christmas presentation of Handel's Messiah is part of the Toscana Musica e Arte concert series sponsored by the Banca CR Firenze.  This performance, in collaboration with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, will feature the Ensemble San Felice, with Federico Bardazzi conducting. Free entrance until seats are full. Go to



Gospel Christmas Concert

December 24, 5pm, Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence


Anglosaxon, Afroamerican and western European traditions fuse when the Sue Conway Victory Singers are accompanied by the Orchestra della Toscana for a truly joyful celebration of Christmas. The repertoire, heretofore unknown in Italy, consists mainly of newish Gospel songs by both black and white composers; but you can also expect the Christmas classics ‘Hallelujah' and ‘Joy to the World.' For info see



Dynamo Camp Abba tribute

January 14, 9pm, Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence


Bring a little ‘Mamma Mia' to your holiday season with this charity event organized by Dynamo Camp. The Super Trouper Abba tribute band will rock Teatro Verdi with the Swedish band's campy hits in a show called ‘Mama 4 Children.' Proceeds (20 euro per ticket) go to the Dynamo Camp in Limestre (PT) for children with chronic or terminal pathologies and to the Campi Internazionali per Disabili e Normodotati degli Scambi Giovanili Internazionali Lions.


For information and reservations call 339/8420444 or email [email protected]


See also our Florence Events listings.

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