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MARCO POLO

MARCO POLO association, through ACCADEMIA LIBERA NATURA E CULTURA, has developed a calendar of high level events, collaborating with numerous associations from the Val di Cecina, involving the municipalities of Montecatini Val di Cecina, Volterra and Castelnuovo, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia. Four festivals take place on the natural stages of the castles and villages of Querceto, Mazzolla, Pignano and Montecastelli.

The piano, the opera, tango and chamber music are the protagonists of the ARTE & MUSICA festival, but also performances of jazz and world music are scheduled. Enriched by training courses, ARTE & MUSICA creates a synergy between the local and the international scene and brings together different nations and languages ​​in a climate of friendship and dialogue.

LOCATIONS

QUERCETO

In the heart of Val di Cecina between Volterra and the Etruscan coast lies the dreamy village of Querceto, surrounded by fields and forests. The medieval castle of the Ginori Lisci family covers almost the entire Querceto. Querceto has been completely restored and has a lively social cultural life

MAZZOLLA

The dreamy village of Mazzolla, close to Volterra, lies between the fields and forests and was originally an ancient settlement of Etruscans. In the center is the villa of the family Viti, situated with style elements from the Middle Ages and 18th century. It overlooks the nature reserve of Berignone.

PIGNANO

Today Borgo Pignano is an elegant countryside hotel in Tuscany, but like other spots in this glorious countryside, it was first settled during Etruscan times. Large stones at the base of the church, villa and some of the outlying walls are vestiges of the people who lived here over 2,500 years ago.

VOLTERRA

In one of the most important cities of the Etruscan city federation are several historical properties of the family Inghirami. Together with local foundations they form the logistical core of the masterclasses and projects, initiated by the ACCADEMIA LIBERA NATURA E CULTURA.

EVENTS AND COURSES

ARTE e MUSICA

Classical music, opera and tango are the protagonists of the festival, but also performances of jazz and world music are scheduled. The festival creates synergy and brings ​in a climate of friendship and dialogue.

PIANO FESTIVAL

Every year an international pianofestival takes place in Querceto under the direction of the Italian pianist Paolo Francese. Concerts and masterclasses of a high standard are scheduled in the last week of July.

SUMMER ACADEMY

Summer courses in Querceto, Mazzolla and Volterra in the fields of art, music, cuisine and language. We want to participate actively in the elimination of linguistic and cultural barriers and open space for personal growth.

CALENDER

JUNE

08/06 VEN/FRI | FOLK & WINE | 19.00 – Mazzolla – Piazza
Thomas Reuter & Friends | canzoni, klezmer, swing | De Soda Sister’s | musica populare toscana

JULY

04/07 WEDNESDAY | WORLDMUSIC | 21.30 – Querceto – Piazza | € 15
Quadro Nuevo | Ragazzo music: tango, musica orientale e mediterranea

05/07 THURSDAY | WORLDMUSIC | 21.30 – Pignano – Borgo Pignano | € 15
Quadro Nuevo | Ragazzo music: tango, musica orientale e mediterrane

07/07-14/7 SATURDAY | WORKSHOPS PAINTING | Querceto
Teacher: Dorine Kuiper NL

07/07-14/7 SATURDAY | WORKSHOPS PHOTOGRAPY | Querceto
Teacher: Rita Dollmann DE

08/07 SUNDAY | VINOPERAFESTIVAL| 21.30 | Querceto – Cortille interno dei Castello | € 25
La Serva Padrone | Opera lirica di Giovanni Pergolesi

13/07 FRIDAY |VINOPERAFESTIVAL| 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone dei Castello | € 25
The Blizzard | Spectacolo di teatro danzeispirato da una novella di Alexandr Pushkin

15/07 SUNDAY | WORLDMUSIC | 21.30 | Querceto – Piazza | € 15
Gwen Sampé | Boundries | one woman show jazz

17/07 TUESDAY | anteprima PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.30 | Pignano – Borgo Pignano | € 15
Letizia Michielon – pianoforte | Chopin, Beethoven

19/07 THURSDAY | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto – Granaio | € 15
Cinzia Bartoli – pianoforte | Chopin, Ravel

20/07 FRIDAY | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio | Free entrance
Award concert, compositions made by the students of the course: composition’

21/07-28/07 SATURDAY | MASTERCLASSES | Querceto
Teachers: Paolo Francese, pianoforte IT, Alberto Delle Piane, guitar IT, Luigi Bisanti, flute IT, Marco di Giacomo, violin | Gianvincenzo Cresta, interpretation (21/07-24/07)

22/07 SUNDAY | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio | € 15
Joanna Trzeciak – pianoforte | Beethoven, Chopin

26/07 THURSDAY | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio | Free entrance
Award concert, students of the courses: flute, guitar | Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Mozart’

28/07-04/08 SATURDAY | WORKHOPS VOCAL | Querceto
Teacher: Florecnce Mazzuchelli

29/07 SUNDAY | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto – Granaio | Free entrance
Szuzsa Kollar – pianoforte | Beethoven, Chopin

AUGUST

04/08-11/08 SATURDAY | WORKSHOPS TANGO | Querceto
Teachers: Ximena Zalazar Firpo e Willem Meul

05/08 SUNDAY |VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone dei Castello | € 15
ESTRO | Tango & Ruben Peloni Trio

07/08 TUESDAY |VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Pignano – Borgo Pignano | € 15
ESTRO | Tango & Ruben Peloni Trio

10/08 FRIDAY |VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone dei Castello | € 5
Milonga | Open for all to join

12/08 SUNDAY |VINOPERAFESTIVAL | 21.30 | Montecastelli – Castelnuovo v.d. C | Free entrance
Concerto lirico sotto di stelle | Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, Pergolesi, Donizetti

15/08 WEDNESDAY |VINOPERAFESTIVAL| 21.30 | Pignano – Borgo Pignano | € 15
Chiara Mattioli – soprano, Fabrizio Corrucci – bariton | Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, Donizetti

18/08-25/08 SATURDAY  | WORKSHOPS PIANO | Querceto
Teacher: Jens Schlichting – pianoforte | Course for beginners

19/08 SUNDAY |VINOPERAFESTIVAL| 19.30 | Querceto – Granaio | € 15
Florence Mazzuchelli – mezzosoprano,Nicole Vivier – soprano | Haendel, Bach, Gounod, Saint-Saëns

25/08 SATURDAY | CINEMAZZOLLA| 21.30 | Mazzolla – Piazza | Free entrance
Safety Last – Harold Lloyd, 1923 | Jens Schlichting – pianoforte

25/08-01/09 SATURDAY  | WORKSHOPS PIANO | Querceto
Teacher: Jens Schlichting – pianoforte | Course for advanced musicians

26/08-29/08 THURSDAY  | MASTERCLASSES | Querceto
Pierre Fouchenneret – violin, Romain Descharmes – pianoforte

28/08 TUESDAY | FRENCHPROJECT | 21.00 | Pignano – Borgo Pignano | € 15
Pierre Fouchenneret – violin, Romain Descharmes – pianoforte | Grieg, Lekeui

29 WEDNESDAY | FRENCHPROJECT | 21.00 | Quercdto – Granaio | € 15
Mayuko Yasuda – soprano, Romain Descharmes – pianoforte | Poulenc, old Italian aria’s

SEPTEMBER

01/09-08/09 SATURDAY | WORKSHOPS MUSIC | Querceto
Teachers: several | Classical Music | For families / 16+

08/09 SATURDAY | ARTECONTEMPORAIN | 18.30 | Volterra – Palazzo dei Priori | Free entrance
Renato Frosali, Piero Roccasalvo RUB | Vernissage

28/09-05/10 SATURDAY | WORKSHOPS PHOTOGRAPHY | Florence / Bagni Vignoni
Teacher: Manfred Horender DE

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