2020 Concert Season kicks off on Friday 3rd of April
A paradise high above the Amalfi Coast whose many facets of beauty are composed of medieval ruins, breath-taking views and luxuriant gardens overlooking the sea. Lord Byron would have loved it. Wagner was enthralled by its gardens and vistas. Gore Vidal called it home for several months each year. Ravello is an utterly-romantic spot, a pocket-sized paradise perched on a rocky ridge, more than one thousand feet above the sea. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone with their ravishing gardens and historical assets, the Cathedral with its world known medieval ambones and mosaics and the numberless little chapels scattered along the streets and steps are all part of Ravello: offering its romantic, otherworldly atmosphere to tourists coming from all over the world. In this evocative atmosphere the Ravello Concert Society (RCS) concert series is a traditional and well-established date, which over the years has delighted thousands of visitors with a wide range of performances by soloists and chamber music groups.
The “Princess Concerts” – organized to commemorate the visit of the Princess Maria José of Savoy who came to Ravello in 1933 – was the first music festival to be promoted by the Ravello Concert Society. Since then, thanks to the support of its audience, RCS has become more and more well established and strong in order to guarantee a yearly planning of events as long-lasting as possible and not dependent on public funding. Eventually RCS has developed a growing local, national and international reputation as an arts promoter, offering events with a promise of great music in casual but stimulating environments, an ear for contemporary music and refreshing concert formats.
The scope and diversity of the RCS repertoire are increasing every year: the 2020 programme features a total of 80 chamber music concerts. The wide-ranging programme will be rounded off by several well-established event series.
The cycle of Theme evenings, to name a few: “Oh qual meraviglia! The mandolin from Naples to Venice and beyond the Alps” (17 April – a pro Kiwanis concert); J.S Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by the pianist Raffaele Maisano (1 June); the second concert of the series “Mozart de Poche”, Mozart’s Piano Concertos transcribed for piano & string quartets (8 June). We will spend a “Spanish Evening” with the guitarist Gianluigi Giglio on 12 September, while on 9 October the Musikanten Piano Trio will homage the “fairer sex” featuring some of the most appreciated female music authors like Clara Wieck-Schumann, Cécile Chaminade and Fanny Mendelssohn. A special eye for Beethoven, in the year of the 250th anniversary of his birth: the “Happy 250th Birthday Mr Beethoven!” concert series will celebrate the German composer on 3 April and 26 September (Ager Piano Trio), 15 May (piano recital by Fabrizio Romano), 20 June (piano recital by Giuseppe Maiorca, 28 September (piano recital by Cinzia Dato), 26 October (Hadimova String Quartet).
And, again, the “Contaminations”: music resists categorization and brings us together opening our minds to discovery, innovation and reflection. Then, let’s go on contaminating with 16 events, which feature an appealing and original crossover of classic, jazz, modern and pop music.
Here are some highlights: the Fusion Ensemble presents “The fantastic 70’s for Sax and String Quartet” (15 June); the Musikanten Piano Trio plays the Beatles (6 July), featuring some of the most loved songs by the Fab Four; the pianist Luca Mennella performs “All around ragtime” (6 August), a concert to come back to the ragtime era starting from a music book forgotten by a traveller at the beginning of the 1900’s in a hotel in Ravello. On 2 September the same performer will get inspiration from the starry September nights and showcase the most famous piano pieces with the moon as protagonist. On 10 October the two-piano duo composed by Raffaele Maisano and Mattia Mistrangelo will make us feel like we were kids again improvising on some of the most famous songs from Disney movies. Last but not least: Mistrangelo will be again on stage with a Homage to Bill Evans in the 40th anniversary of his death (12 October).
Two-piano performances: On 7, 10, 17 and 26 October, as in the past years, they will be hosted in the Ravello Art Center, the former Grand Caruso Wine Cellar, very close to Ravello main square, about 50 m from the parking and 300 m from the bus stop.
There are places in the world where, even if you don’t want to, you would bump into. On the contrary there are others so hidden and remote that you would struggle to get to. There are crowded, noisy places that would bring you into isolation; and there are others so silent and quiet that invite you to pleasantly mingle with people. There are places which are fully-equipped, but cold and impersonal and others where any single stone would reveal history and traditions in a cosy and intimate atmosphere. If you are looking for such a treasure and rare venue, you’ve got it: the Annunziata Historic Building, our main recital hall, is one of these places! It is located on the borderline of Villa Rufolo Park and, with its world famous domes, it has been since ever the landmark of Ravello and its Music Festival. The Annunziata was built in 1281 by Fusco noble family and later became part of the Rufolo family estate. In 1851 Villa Rufolo was bought by Sir Nevile Reid, a Scottish botanist. He restored the Villa to its antique splendour, adding rare plants to its gardens. A new restoration work was carried out in 1982-1983 bringing the Historic Building to its original Romanic style. Since then, the complex, with its two Recital Halls connected by a porch, has been used as location of our concerts.
To coincide with the announcement of the new season of concerts, RCS launches a new student ticket: full-time students aged between 14 and 26 get discounted ticket at €17.50. And don’t forget the virtual ticket: an opportunity to listen to the live recording of a concert if you cannot attend or you want to keep the memory of it. Check on our internet site for further details.
The concert’s start time from the 3rd of April to the 8th of May and from the 14th to the 30rd of September will be 6.30 pm. In October the concert start time will be 06:00 pm, a definitely more suitable time to take advantage of the public bus service at the concert end, which is normally reduced in Autumn and Spring. The concerts from the 11th of May to the 6th of August will be performed at 08.30 pm while the concerts from the 2nd to the 12th of September will start at 08.00 pm,for concertgoers to have time to thoroughly appreciate Ravello and to enjoy our music, possibly after a nice dinner in typical Ravello restaurants.
Ranging from chamber music to jazz contaminations, all events are spectacular as the environment we present and produce them in. Come and discover our impressing venues, cosy atmosphere and great acoustic in locations full of history and culture. At RCS there are always interesting, engaging music. In addition, there is always the chance to make new friends, meet the artists and escape from your to-do list for an hour or two.
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