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July 14, 2021

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 life’s work. They employed 25 farmer families to develop the land and built some 35 homes for them on the vast acreage. They began a […]
June 17, 2021

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 the floating sounds of musicians playing as they danced down the lungarni and the winding streets of an ancient city, always alive.        […]
June 15, 2021

Fanfara Station: music all over the map

It’s a sunny afternoon in May when I virtually meet up with Fanfara Station band members Marco Dalmasso, Charles Ferris and Marzouk Mejri, the larger-than-life trio that is bringing the power of a brass band and electronics to North African vocals and percussions. As their faces appear on my screen in checkered sequence, their backgrounds tell […]
June 14, 2021

Ireland meets Italy: Willos’ folk music

Stephanie Martin left Belfast in Northern Ireland for Siena, travelling with an Englishman. Together they sold olive oil on an idyllic 12 acres of land, living the Tuscan dream. A trip to the university where her partner wanted to study Italian was to change all of that. “He found an ad on the university noticeboard, […]
June 6, 2021

Argiano Baroque Music Festival: a melodic mix in the Montalcino countryside

Glasses chink as the concert bell chimes and the centuries-old gates peel back into the terracotta-tiled courtyard. It’s a magical introduction to the evening of music that awaits at the inaugural Argiano Baroque Music Festival held in the Montalcino countryside this summer.         Artistic director Antonio Artese has assembled a musical smorgasbord […]
May 27, 2021

Live music returns to Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

We’ve waited for what has felt like an eternity for so many aspects of life to open back up again, and live music was undoubtedly one of the most missed. As performers, conductors and musicians take to the stage once again at Florence’s much-loved Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at piazzale Vittorio Gui 1, there’s […]
February 17, 2021

When music transcends language: Coriandoli Elettronici

Some might balk at the idea of undertaking a professional collaboration without the firm footing of a shared language. However, American drummer and electronic musician Mark DiFlorio and Italian singer-songwriter David Iozzi’s intriguing venture is based solely on a shared artistic vision that drives the project forward.    Introduced via a mutual friend, Emanuele Coggiola […]
October 3, 2020

The chef and the musicians: Jeff Thickman and Igor Polesitsky

  In this enchanted city of Florence, it isn’t just the art, it’s the artists, where meeting one might lead to meeting two, or four, and then, as if by some magical Medici potion, seven might just find themselves on a Tuscan hilltop on a mid-September afternoon, where the dry heat of summer has given […]
August 5, 2020

Musica in Giro

On Saturday August 1, the initiative Musica in Giro began with two specially designed vans touring the city, streaming live music from Teatro Verdi.   The Orchestra della Toscana operated behind closed doors at the theatre, with Beatrice Venezi conducting orchestral highlights from the works of Puccini. The music was brought to Florence via televisions […]
July 15, 2020

Summer music festivals in Tuscany

It wouldn’t be summer without a marvellous music festival or two. Let spectacular sights and sounds surround you at one of these tuneful events set in the most stunning locations in the Tuscan landscape.      Incontri in Terra di Siena July 21-30       Incontri in Terra di Siena, a not-for-profit cultural association […]