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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 & 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 2019

JUNE 

09/06 SUN/DOM|  WORLD MUSIC | 21.30 | Querceto – Piazza 
Cafè del Mundo | flamenco

13/06 THU/GIO| WORLD MUSIC | 21.30 | Pignano (Volterra) – Cortile
Cafè del Mundo| flamenco

22/06-29/06 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP PHOTOGRAPY | Querceto
Teacher: Rita Dollmann DE

22/06-29/06 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP SCULPTURE | Querceto
Teacher: Reinhard Pontius DE

27/06 THU/GIO | MUSICAL | Querceto – Piazza 
Fantasia di Musical
students from italian soprano Chiara Mattioli | Cabaret, Les Misérables, Grease, Cats, Sister Act, The Phantom of the Opera,…

29/06-06/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP VOICE | Querceto
Teacher: Gwen Sampé FR

30/06 SUN/DOM | JAZZ | 21.30 | Querceto – Piazza
Gwen Sampé
voice & Harry Swift, contrabbasso | jazz

JULY

05/07  FRI/VEN | JAZZ | 21.30 | Pignano (Volterra) – Cortile 
Gwen Sampé
voice & David Sandes, piano | jazz

06/07-13/07 SAT/SAB| WORKSHOP PAINTING | Querceto
Teacher: Dorine Kuiper NL

06/07-13/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP PHOTOGRAPY | Querceto
Teacher: Rita Dollmann DE

06/07-13/07 SAT/SAB| WORKSHOPS QI-GONG/PERCUSSION GWOKA | Querceto
Teacher: Isabelle e Robert FR

07/07 SUN/DOM OPERA | 21.30 | Querceto – Cortile interno del Castello
Cavalleria Rusticana | Opera lirica di Pietro Mascagni

10/07 WEN/MER | CONCERTO | 21.30 | Pignano (Volterra) – Cortile 
Amsterdam Consort  NL | MUSICA DA CAMERA | A. Vivaldi, H. Dutilleux, E. Bloch, D. Sjostakovistsj, J. Suk, F. Poulenc, G. Sviridov

12/07 FRI/VEN | CONCERTO | 21.30 | Querceto – Granaione del Castello
Amsterdam Consort
NL| MUSICA DA CAMERA | A. Vivaldi, H. Dutilleux, E. Bloch, D. Sjostakovistsj, J. Suk, F. Poulenc, G. Sviridov

13/07-20/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP PIANO | Querceto
Teacher: Jens Schlichting DE

13/07-20/07 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP ITALIAN CUISINE & LANGUAGE | Querceto
Teacher: Rebecca Vischer IT / CH

16/07-20/07 SATURDAY | MASTERCLASS COMPOSING | Querceto
Teacher: Gian Vincenzo Cresta IT

18/07 THU/GIO | CONCERTO | 21.00 | Querceto – Granaio 
Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat F | pianoforte | C. Saint-Saëns, G. Fauré, C. Debussy, M. Moussorgsky

19/07 FRI/VEN | CONCERTO | 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio | Free entrance
Award concert, compositions made by the students of the course: composition

19/07 VEN/FRI CINEMA MUTO | 21.00 | Mazzolla – Piazza
The General di Buster Keaton con Jens Schlichting al pianoforte

20/07-27/07 SATURDAY | MASTERCLASSES | Querceto
Teachers: Paolo Francese, pianoforte IT, Alberto Delle Piane, guitar IT, Luigi Bisanti, flute IT, Marco di Giacomo, violin | Gianvincenzo Cresta, interpretation (20/07-23/07)

21/07 SUN/DOM | CONCERTO | 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio
Lilia Boyadjieva/Dora Bratchkova BUL | pianoforte/violino| L. Van Beethoven, M. Ravel, D. Shostakovich

24/07 WED/MER | CONCERTO | 21.00 – Montecatini VC – Piazza della Chiesa
Award concert students of the courses: piano, flute, violin, guitar | L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W.A. Mozart

25/07 THU/GIO | CONCERTO | 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio
Award concert, students of the courses: piano, flute, violin, guitar | L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W.A. Mozart

27/07-03/08 SATURDAY | WORKHOP VOICE&ART | Querceto
Teacher: Florence Mazzuchelli FR

27/07-03/08 SATURDAY | WORKHOP PIANO | Querceto
Teacher: Jens Schlichting DE

27/07-03/08 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP ITALIAN CUISINE & LANGUAGE | Querceto
Teacher: Rebecca Vischer IT / CH

28/07 SUN/DOM | CONCERTO| 21.00 | Querceto – Granaio
Denis Chefanov
RUS | pianoforte | F. J. Haydn, F. Chopin, F. Liszt, P. I. Tchaikovsky, A. N. Skryabin, S. Rachmaninov

AUGUST

02/08 VEN/FRI | CINEMA MUTO | 21.00 | Mazzolla – Piazza
Nosferatu il Vampiro di F.W. Murnau con Jens Schlichting al pianoforte

03/08-10/08 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP TANGO | Querceto
Teachers: Ximena Zalazar Firpo & Willem Meul

04/08 SUN/DOM | TANGO ARGENTINO | 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello
Tango Argentino – Show | Estro Tango & Trio Piazza Tango ARG/BE/FR | Milonga

05/08 MON/LUN | TANGO ARGENTINO | 21.30 | Volterra – Teatro Romano
Tango Argentino – Show | Estro Tango & Trio Piazza Tango ARG/BE/FR | Milonga

06/08 TUE/MAR | TANGO ARGENTINO | 21.30 | Pignano (Volterra) – Cortile
Tango Argentino – Show | Estro Tango & Trio Piazza Tango ARG/BE/FR

07/08 WED/MER | MILONGA | 21.30 | Montecatini VC – Piazza della Repubblica | Free entrance
Milonga with live music | Trio Piazza Tango  | Open for all to join

09/08 FRI/VEN | MILONGA | 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello
Milonga with live music | Trio Piazza Tango  | Open for all to join

11/08 SUN/DOM | CONCERTO | 21.30 | Montecastelli – Castelnuovo VC | Free entrance
Voce di Donna… o d’Angelo | Chiara Mattioli soprano, Amanda Ferri mezzosoprano | Paolo Filidei  pianoforte| ITA|  G. B. Pergolesi, G. Rossini, A. Ponchielli, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, G. Bizet, J. Offenbach

14/08 WED/MER | SPETTACOLO-MILONGA | 21.30 | Volterra – Pinacoteca civica
Duo Arrabalero  | Loriana Lazzareschi&Antonio de Francesco |ARG/IT

15/08 THU/GIO | TANGO ARGENTINO | 21.30 | Borgo Pignano – Pignano 
Ruben Peloni Trio |ARG/IT

31/08-07/09 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP MUSIC&HOLIDAY | Querceto
Teachers: Joachim Baar – piano DE, Jeanette Dorée – violin DE,  Insa Huelsebusch – viola DE, Charlotte Mercier – violoncello FR

SEPTEMBER 

01/09 SUN/DOM | CONCERTO | 21.00 | Querceto – Granaio 
La Charcha Trio: Daniele Bonaviri
chitarra | Monica di Luca chitarra I Marcello Labruna percussioni| Mediterranean Flamenco | IT

OCTOBER

11/10-18/10 FRIDAY | WORKSHOP FOTO | Florence-Bagno Vignoni
Teacher: Peter Fischer DE

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