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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 2022

JUNE

11/06 – 18/06 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP SCULPTURE | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Reinhard Pontius DE

11/06 – 18/06 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP ITALIAN CUISINE & LANGUAGE | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Rebecca Vischer IT/CH

JULY

09/07-16/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP PAINTING | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Dorine Kuiper NLD

10/07 SUN/DOM | VINOPERAFESTIVAL | 21.30 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Cortile interno Castello Ginori | 25€| Il segreto di Susanna | intermezzo in un atto di Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari | Ensemble VinOperArte

15/07 FRI/VEN | VINOPERAFESTIVAL | 21.30 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Castello Ginori | 15€ | Amsterdam Consort – 500 anni Palazzo Ginori di Firenze concerto/spettacolo

15/07-20/07 FRI/VEN| MASTERCLASS COMPOSING | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher Gian Vincenzo Cresta IT

16/07-23/07 SAT/SAB | MASTERCLASSES | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teachers: Paolo Francese IT, Anna d’Errico IT, Sara Cianciullo IT, pianoforte | Alberto Delle Piane IT chitarra | Luigi Bisanti IT flauto

17/07 SUN/DOM | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC)  – Castello |15€ | Guido Heinke | DEU | pianoforte

19/07 TUE/MAR| PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Castello | Free entrance | Award concert, compositions made by the students of the course: composition’

21/07 THU/GIO | PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.00 | Montecatini VC – Piazza  | Free entrance | Award concert, students of the courses: flute, guitar | L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W.A. Mozart

22/07 FRI/VEN | PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.00 – Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Castello | Free entrance | Award concert, students of the courses: flute, guitar | L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W.A. Mozart

23/07-30/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP PIANO | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Jens Schlichting DEU

24/07 SUN/DOM | PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.00 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Castello | 15€ | Piero Di Egidio | ITA | pianoforte

25/07 MON/LUN | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Location to be decided | 15€ |  Antonio Di Cristofano | ITA | pianoforte

28/07 THU/GIO | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Castello | 15€ | Jean François Antonioli | CH | pianoforte

AUGUST

30/07-06/08 SAT/SAB | WORKHOP VOICE&ART | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Florence Mazzuchelli FRA

30/07-06/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP NEOTANGO | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teachers: Lydia Müller&Ezequiel Sanucci D/ARG

05/08 FRI/VEN | VOL’TANGO | 21.00 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC)  – Terrazzone del Castello | 15€ | Tango Argentino con il Trio Tangata | Jacqueline Edeling – bandoneón | Margreet Markerink – piano | Boris Franz – contrabass

06/08-13/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP TANGO ARGENTINO | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teachers: Lydia Müller&Ezequiel Sanucci D/ARG | Ximena Zalazar Firpo&Willem Meul ARG/BE

07/08 SUN/DOM | VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC)  – Terrazzone del Castello | 15€ | ESTRO Tango | spettacolo di Tango Argentina | dancers Willem Meul /Ximena Zalazar Firpo | Trio Tangata | Jacqueline Edeling – bandoneón | Margreet Markerink – piano | Boris Franz – contrabass

09/08 TUE/MAR | VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Volterra  –  Cortile interno della Pinacoteca civica | 15€ | Tango Argentino  Willem Meul /Ximena Zalazar Firpo & Ezequiel Sannucci/Lydia Müller | Trio Tangata Jacqueline Edeling – bandoneón | Margreet Markerink – piano | Boris Franz – contrabass

13/08-20/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP TANGO ARGENTINO | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teachers: Ximena Zalazar Firpo&Willem Meul ARG/BEL

14/08 SUN/DOM | VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC)  – Terrazzone Castello Ginori | 15€ | Tango Argentino | Estro Tango&live tango music

20/08-27/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP ITALIAN CUISINE & LANGUAGE | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teachers: Rebecca Vischer IT/CH | Claudia Torresan ITA

20/08-27/08 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP AKKORDEON | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Stefanie Koch DEU

27/08-03/09 | SATURDAY | WORKSHOP MUSIC&HOLIDAY | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teachers: Joachim Baar – piano DE | Constanze Siedel – violin DE | Insa Huelsebusch – violoncello DE| Tommaso Toni, violino IT

SEPTEMBER 

03/09 – 10/09 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP VOICE | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) | Teacher: Sarah Behrendt DE

 

CALENDER 2021

MAY

29/05 – 05/06 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP PIANO also in streaming | Querceto – cancelled
Teacher: Jens Schlichting DE

JUNE

05/06 – 12/06 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP PIANO also in streaming| Querceto 
Teacher: Jens Schlichting DE

12/06 – 19/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP SCULPTURE | Querceto
Teacher: Reinhard Pontius DE

12/06 – 19/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP ITALIAN CUISINE & LANGUAGE | Querceto
Teacher: Rebecca Vischer IT/CH

JULY

09/07 FRI/VEN | WORLDMUSIC | 21.30 | Borgo Pignano – Piazza
Trio Kalòs | ITA | chitarra flamenco
Daniele Bonaviri &Monica De Luca – guitar | Valerio Perla – percussions

10/07-17/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP PAINTING | Querceto
Teacher: Dorine Kuiper NL

10/07-17/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP YOGA/PILATES | Querceto
Teacher: Maritza Marbus NL | Cancelled

11/07 SUN/DOM | ARTE | 18.30 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC) – Lo Spazio |Rebirth | Rinascita Tamara Ferioli, installazione scultorea | Olga Niescier, pittura a cura di KALPA ART LIVING

11/07 SUN/DOM | VINOPERAFESTIVAL | 21.30 | Querceto – Cortile interno dei Castello | Lirica al Castello | Concerto | Le arie e i duetti più celebri dell’Opera G. Verdi, G. Puccini, P. Mascagni | Chiara Mattioli, Soprano | Tiziano Barontini, Tenore | Veio Torcigliani, Baritono

12/07-17/07 SUN/DOM | MASTERCLASS COMPOSING | Querceto
Teacher: Gian Vincenzo Cresta IT

15/07 THU/GIO | VINOPERAFESTIVAL |19.30 | Montecatini VdC  – Miniera | A cena con l’Opera – info+prenotazioni La Terrazza Sul Borgo +39 340 081 9698 Le arie e i duetti più celebri dell’Opera – G. Verdi, G. Puccini, P. Mascagni con cena (25€) Chiara Mattioli, Soprano | Claudio Sassetti, Tenore | Veio Torcigliani, Baritono

16/07 FRI/VEN| PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello
Award concert, compositions made by the students of the course: composition’

17/07-24/07 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOPS QI-GONG/PERCUSSION GWOKA | Querceto 
Teacher: Isabelle Mansuy FR & Robert Ngoka FR – canceld

17/07 – 24/07 SAT/SAB | MASTERCLASSES | Querceto
Teachers: Paolo Francese IT, Anna d’Errico IT, Sara Cianciullo IT, pianoforte | Alberto Delle Piane IT chitarra | Luigi Bisanti IT flauto

18/07 SUN/DOM | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 | Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello
Luca Cimmarughi  | pianoforte | “Da Versailles a Vienna” musiche di J.-P. Rameau, F. Couperin, F. Schubert

22/07 THU/GIO | PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.00 | Montecatini VC – Piazza 
Award concert, students of the courses: flute, guitar | L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W.A. Mozart

23/07 FRI/VEN | PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.00 – Querceto – Granaio | Free entrance 
Award concert, students of the courses: flute, guitar | L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W.A. Mozart

25/07 SUN/DOM | PIANOFESTIVAL | 21.00 | Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello 
Letizia Michielon | pianoforte | L. v. Beethoven e F. Chopin

28/07 WED/MER | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 |  Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello
Svetlana Eganian & Yolande Kouznetzov | pianoforte | C. Debussy, F. Poulenc, G. Gershwin

29/07 THU/GIO | PIANOFESTIVAL| 21.00 |  Borgo Pignano – Cortile
Svetlana Eganian & Yolande Kouznetzov | pianoforte | C. Debussy, F. Poulenc, G. Gershwin

AUGUST

31/07-07/08 SAT/SAB | WORKHOP VOICE&ART | Querceto
Teacher: Florence Mazzuchelli F

31/07-07/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP TANGO ARGENTINO | Querceto
Teachers: Lydia Müller&Ezequiel Sanucci D/ARG | Ximena Zalazar Firpo&Willem Meul ARG/BE

04/08 WED/MER | VOL’TANGO | 21.00 | Ponteginori (Montecatini VdC) – Piscina comunale | Tango Argentino dj Ezequiel Sanucci   –  nel rispetto delle normative anti-covid

05/08 THU/GIO | VOL’TANGO | 21.00 | Querceto (Montecatini VdC)  – Terrazzone del Castello 10€ Tango Argentino con il Trio Tangata –  nel rispetto delle normative anti-covid | Jacqueline Edeling – bandoneón | Margreet Markerink – piano | Boris Franz – contrabass

06/08 FRI/VEN | POP | 21.00 | La Sassa (Montecatini VdC) – Piazza della Cisterna | Beatles … e dintorni  – Let it bèèèèè | Fulvio Cappellini, Stefano Ghelli, Giorgio Gronchi, Aldo Martelini

07/08-14/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP TANGO ARG/ArtENTINO | Querceto
Teachers: Ximena Zalazar Firpo e Willem Meul ARG/BE

08/08 SUN/DOM | VOL’TANGO | 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone dei Castello 
ESTRO Tango | spettacolo di Tango Argentina | dancers Willem Meul /Ximena Zalazar Firpo | Trio Tangata | Jacqueline Edeling – bandoneón | Margreet Markerink – piano | Boris Franz – contrabass

14/08 – 21/08 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP ITALIAN CUISINE & LANGUAGE | Querceto
Teacher: Rebecca Vischer IT/CH

14/08 – 21/08 SATURDAY | WORKSHOP AKKORDEON | Querceto
Teacher: Stefanie Koch DE

11/08 WED/MER | VOL’TANGO | 21.00 | La Sassa (Montecatini VdC) – Piazza Tango Argentino dj Ximena  – nel rispetto delle normative anti-covid

14/08 SAT/SAB | FOLK&WINE | 21.00 | Montecatini VdC  – Piazza Dè Soda Sisters | musica popolare toscana e produttori di vino in piazza Benedetta Pallesi, Veronica Bigontina e Lisa Santinelli – guitar, mandolino, percussions

15/08 SUN/DOM | WORLD | 21.30 | Borgo Pignano (Volterra)  – Piazza 15€ Tribute to Milva,  regia Massimo Corevi Chiara Mattioli – voice | Paolo Filidei – piano | Ensemble musicale

26/08 SAT/SAB | JAZZ | 21.30 | Borgo Pignano – Piazza 
Stefanie Boltz Trio Christian Wegscheider – piano | Stefanie Boltz  – voice | Herb Berger – clarinet, saxophone

29/08 SAT/SAB | JAZZ | 21.30 | Querceto – Terrazzone del Castello
Stefanie Boltz Trio Christian Wegscheider – piano | Stefanie Boltz  – voice | Herb Berger – clarinet, saxophone

28/08-04/09 | SATURDAY | WORKSHOP MUSIC&HOLIDAY | Querceto
Teachers: Joachim Baar – piano DE | Constanze Siedel – violin DE | Insa Huelsebusch – violoncello DE| Tommaso Toni, violino IT

SEPTEMBER 

04/09 – 11/09 SAT/SAB | WORKSHOP VOICE | Querceto
Teachers: Sarah Behrendt DE

12/09 – 19/09 e 19/09 – 26/09 SUNDAY | WORKSHOP SCUPTURE | Mazzolla
Teachers: Thomas Reuter e Eva Skupin DE

AND MORE …

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