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Hershey Felder

    Hershey Felder is a pianist, actor and producer known for his portrayals of classical and American composers on the theatrical stage. Canada born to European parents and with a European heart, Felder is a proud resident of Florence.

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    ART + CULTURE

    The new Teatro di Fiesole

    Fiesole now has a modern new theatre after two decades in the making.

    ART + CULTURE

    Meet the artists from The Florence Academy of Art

    Meet 12 international artists and faculty members at The Florence Academy of Art, whose art is part of the system of continuum.

    ART + CULTURE

    Inside the home of Nano Campeggi

    Inside the home of Nano Campeggi, the man who painted dreams.

    COMMUNITY

    Florence through my father’s eyes

    I had just made Florence my permanent home. Here was an opportunity to fulfil one of my father’s dreams.

    ART + CULTURE

    Recreating Paris in Florence

    Hershey Felder recreates Paris in Florence for his upcoming musical film "Chopin and Liszt in Paris".

    ART + CULTURE

    San Miniato: the ultimate Florentine community

    The Monumental Cemetery of the Sainted Doors sits in the shadows of the more than 1,000-year-old Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, the highest point in the city.

    COMMUNITY

    That deep breath: on moving to Florence

    Moving to Florence means embracing the simple things like deep breaths and learning to respect the environment.

    ART + CULTURE

    Giuseppe Verdi’s Florence

    Composer Giuseppe Verdi spent a good deal of time in Florence, premiering one of his operas, Macbeth, at Teatro della Pergola, in 1847.

    ART + CULTURE

    Pampaloni: silversmiths with a sense of humour

    There’s a touch of the renegade in silversmith Gianfranco Pampaloni and, over time, he has channeled his sense of humour into unusual beauty.

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    Palazzo Budini Gattai: Waiting for love

    Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai stands on a corner of the Santissima Annunziata square. And there's an incredible love story behind the partially open shutter.

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    An air of beauty: AquaFlor

    On the tip of borgo Santa Croce, a quiet street flanked by 16th-century buildings, several small openings are carved out of the meter-thick walls of the Palazzo Corsini-Antinori. Now owned ...

    FOOD + WINE

    The Mazzei family: American ideals and Tuscan traditions

    On a table at Sor Tino, a perfectly Tuscan restaurant in chic Brentwood Los Angeles, is a bottle of Tuscan wine with a curiously personal Anglo name, “Philip”, and a ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Dante and Beatrice: an eternal love story

    In a small corridor in the grand Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of Florentine government since its first stone was laid in 1299, a carved mask stands before a background of ...

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    Mascarade Opera Studio: notes in the air

    The late 16th-century façades of via il Prato are significantly conservative by Florentine standards. One imagines that the structures, with their imposing entrances and hard-edged rectangular lines, might have been ...

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    For Fiesole: performing Gershwin at the Roman amphitheatre

    A Florentine friend, Filippo Ciabatti, now residing in the United States as conductor of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, sent me a photo of myself in the role of American composer ...

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    A magical Tuscan road to music: Incontri in Terra di Siena

    In 1924, just after being married, Antonio and Iris Origo purchased a rundown 15th-century villa named La Foce on the via Francigena in Val d’Orcia. Restoring the property became their ...

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    Backstage at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

    The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is legendary. It takes its name from the age-old Florentine May holidays, when nobility and civilians alike would decorate all of Florence with spring blooms to ...

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    The artists among us: Daniel Graves

    The longer I live in Florence, the more convinced I am that there is some unusual magic in this place where artistic souls have not just passed through for millennia, ...

    FOOD + WINE

    From baccalà to Sant’Ambrogio

    It was only a summer and a half ago, when our current times were unimaginable. The dozen guests arrived for dinner alfresco on the terrace overlooking Florence, floating mystically down ...

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    The power of Puccini: Gianni Schicchi and Dante

    It was a grey wintry afternoon in a 1980s Montreal. The snow was piled high and the streets had developed a dirty sludge, but there, on a street called Sherbrooke, ...

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    A Santo Spirito lunch with Andre Thomas Halyard

    Lockdown red became careful orange before turning to a liberal yellow, and a midday stop at an osteria once again became a possibility. I enter Osteria di Santo Spirito, at ...

    COMMUNITY

    The Great Synagogue and the Jewish Community of Florence

    Standing on the piazzale Michelangelo on a painterly grey afternoon, I see an oxidized green dome not quite towering above the rest, just being “present”. I wonder about its construction, ...

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    In mourning for her city

      Mystically, she appears, as if a former century had suddenly folded back its hidden portal. Quietly she stands there beneath the blue-gold Florentine sky, poised in her black silk ruffled ...

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    Our great Tchaikovsky

    It was June of 2013, I was appearing on stage in southern California in the role of George Gershwin and making Florence home was still a dream. A group of ...

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