An inviting program of Christmas Concerts with a great variety of styles, music from the Lucca tradition, the Christmas tradition, traditions of other countries that are linked with local ones in this time of festivity and accompany with a special dedicated soundtrack, the Christmas holidays.
Music sounds in theaters, churches, auditoriums and even outdoors in the squares. It could not be otherwise in Lucca, the city of music that begins and closes the period with a tribute to Giacomo Puccini.
From 18 November to 22 December in fact Lucca, i giorni di Puccini - Puccini Days, the festival that Lucca dedicates to its most illustrious citizen, brings to the city an intriguing mix of appointments dedicated to the Maestro, with internationally renowned artists, conferences and side events. Inspired by this special soundtrack, you can take advantage of a visit to the Puccini places, starting from the birth house in Corte san Lorenzo.
Other places other times
Different traditions, Italian and Korean, but same passion for music meet in the Arirang Festival, on November 29th under the loggia of the Palazzo Pretorio and then, until December 1st, at the Auditorium of the Istituto Musicale Boccherini.
The festival takes its name from a Korean song, UNESCO cultural heritage, dating back more than 600 years ago and includes performances by groups of dancers, musicians and Korean artists, in collaboration with the youth orchestra of the Boccherini Music Institute, with some young students from the Jam music school and the Vivi & Danza dance school.
One of the most expected Christmas concerts is that of the Lucchese group Joyful Angels Gospel Choir, directed by Maestro Andrea Salvoni, on the piano accompanies Eva Spadoni, which counts 35 singers from all over the provincial territory with choristers of 12 different nationalities and different religious cultures (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish). A beautiful message of brotherhood and cohabitation that during the Christmas holidays is even more powerful. The group will give musical emotions in two dates: December 7 at 21:00 at the Auditorium San Francesco di Lucca in collaboration and in support of the Green Cross. On December 9th at 5:30 pm, reply in Montefegatesi.
Arias of the early '900 instead for the musical proposal of the Associazione Musica Amica "La Belle Epoque in a lounge of the early twentieth century", on December 2 at the Auditorium dell'Agorà.
Music of Northern Europe for the show "Un canto di Natale" proposed by Anastasia and Daniele of the group La Dama and the Unicorno, inspired by the classic of the Anglo-Saxon novel. The five original rooms of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens appropriately reduced, will be dramatized and accompanied by famous pieces of the irish and british Christmas tradition: Good King Wenceslaw, Coventry Carol, Noel Nouvelet, Silent Night, Cherry Tree Carol, The Holly and the Ivy , Breton Carol, Noel The two street performers make their debut on December 8th at the Art and wits market in San Paolino, and replicate on December 15th and 16th at 4pm in Piazza dei Cocomeri, on December 22nd and 23rd under Palazzo Pretorio, in Piazza San Michele.
More Gospel music on December 8th from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm at GreenheArt - Gardens & Lifestyle, in via di Picciorana 262 / A Lucca. Will perform in a Christmas Concert for charity in favor of the anti-violence center "Associazione Luna Onlus" of Lucca now known Lucchese choir "Canticum Novum Gospel Choir", which for the occasion will perform in a concert of Gospel, Spiritual and International Christmas tradition.
Ladies and gentlemen, the marching band!
On 2 December under the Loggia of the Palazzo Pretorio arrives also the Marching Band of Lucca, with a contribution in music to the atmosphere of city festivity, for the first of the side events of Lucca, the days of Puccini - Puccini Days and makes us know a musical world very dear to Puccini.
On December 7th at 9.00pm the band arrives also at the Suffrage auditorium! for Christmas in Music. The band in question is the "Giacomo Puccini" Corpop musicale - "La Castellana" Folk Group also composed of the Majorettes dance corps and the percussion section, which has selected a selection of Christmas music, folk songs and folk songs from its vast repertoire.
Like every year on December 8th, the Circolo Amici di Catalani organizes the usual "Greeting Concert" which closes the 2018 musical activities of the Club itself. At 5.30 pm, in the Hall of the fresco of the San Micheletto Complex, a singular afternoon entitled "Musica e danza in armoniat", opera arias danced and sung on music by Alfredo Catalani and Giacomo Puccini, which combines dance , vocal and instrumental music, through a sequence of songs with music by Alfredo Catalani and Giacomo Puccini: another occasion to remember the 160th anniversary of the latter's birth. Admission to the concert is free subject to availability. Telephone reservations are mandatory (347 9951581)
At the Casermetta S. Pietro, guests of the Balestrieri company on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th December and Sunday 6th January at 4.30pm, the Baluardo vocal group from Lucca invites everyone to Cantiamo il Natale, a review with Polyphonic Friends of the Migliarina, Chorale Giacomo Puccini of Camigliano, the Polygon of Gallicano, the Freedom Singers, The Baluardo vocal group of Lucca and its children of the Coro del Sole, the Canticum Novum, the Voices of the Serchio, the choir Don Vittorio Landucci of San Vito and the Chorus of the Cultural Circle of San Francesco di Pisa.
The orchestra of one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the American Dartmouth College, and the Tuscan Conservative Orchestra (Otc) in concert in Lucca, for the penultimate stage of the tour around Tuscany. Appointment on Monday 10 December, at 9.00 pm in the San Francesco auditorium, to listen to over 70 musicians of the two teams, directed by Maestro Filippo Ciabatti (two years as head of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra), in the performance of the Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler, Crisantemi di Puccini and A evening by A. Catalani.
The traditional appointment with the Christmas Concert of the "L. Boccherini ", is December 15 at 18:00. A wish in music addressed to all citizens before the beginning of the holiday period, realized this year in collaboration with association "Andare Oltre si può", the benefit association that is also the author of the installation Christmas Light in Piazza San Michele. As always, the orchestra of the Lucca Conservatory is the protagonist, flanked for the occasion by the violinist Da Won Ghang and the flutist Agnese Manfredini, both students of the Institute under the direction of GianPaolo Mazzoli.
Classical, but performed by the very young Carlotta Dalia, winner of the Fidapa 2018 (Italian Federation of professional arts and business women BPW Italy) for the Christmas concert of the Boccherini Music Institute Thursday, 13 December at 21:00 at the ISSM Auditoirum Boccherini. Before the concert, the award ceremony will take place.
A well-established tradition is the Christmas concert of the Filarmonica "Gaetano Luporini" of San Gennaro in the Church of San Francesco, this year on Sunday 16 December with a new great show. The protagonists are Charlotte Ferradini and Gatto Panceri who will perform classical Christmas songs: from "Stille nacht" to "What a Wonderful world", from "Stand by me" to "Oltre l'arcobaleno".
In Sant'Angelo in Campo the powerful pipe organ recently restored plays for the traditional Christmas Concert. At the keyboard, on 19 December at 21:00 there will be the organist Enrico Barsanti, accompanied by a quinftetto of flutes. In the evening there will also be space for lyrical music with tenor Tommaso Martinella, baritone Franco Cerri and soprano Alida Berti.
In the church of San Paolino, the patron saint of Lucca, the Christmas concert is entrusted to the young people of the musical high school. The song and the music enrich and transform the soul is the title of the evening that will be held December 19 at 21:00 in the church where he played, still a student, the young Giacomo Puccini.
The auditorium of San Francesco will host some concerts: on December 21st at 9.00pm, the Automobile Club of Lucca organizes a Christmas Concert in collaboration with the Associazione Musicale Lucchese. On stage the Ensemble Vivaldi coming from the "Solisti Veneti". The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, the Concerto per la Notte di Natale by Corelli and a "tribute" to Giacomo Puccini are scheduled. (for reservations 0583 50541) and on December 22nd the organized Christmas Concert of the association paesi e quartieri di Lucca.
Saturday 22 at 17:30 at the Teatro di San Girolamo is Autumn in Music with the opera Suor Angelica by G. Puccini edited by the Brunier Laboratory Association.
December 15 with dance music for the dance flash mob of the European Dance Association, collateral avoidance of the Lucca festival, the days of Puccini - Puccini Days in Piazza Cittadella, Piazza San Michele and Piazza dei Mercanti.
Christmas and New Year's Eve
The 24th of December is celebrated at 24:00 by the Passionist Fathers and by the artists of the Academy of Montegral directed by Gustav Kuhn, the Christmas Mass at the Convent of the Angel over Ponte a Moriano. Christmas carols and pieces by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, G. Puccini, G. Rossini, C. Franck. G. Bizet, F. Händel, F. Liszt, A. Vivaldi, P. Mascagni and S. Adams. As every year a free shuttle service will be available from the Ponte a Moriano parking lot (behind the theater) starting at 10:30 pm and returning from 01:00 onwards. (For more information - 0583.406300)
On Monday, December 31st from 9.00 pm, the year ends in the name of Puccini with the Gran Gala Lirico. From 8.45 pm Great buffet dinner with Aperitifs, Hot Primi, Carni, Buffet Dolci & Champagne accompanied by the Puccini Solists and his Lucca Festival, the Osmann Gold Swing Orchestra with an amazing program from Glenn Miller to Duke Ellington and beyond, the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Triumph of Waltzes - Triumph of Waltz with music by Puccini, Lehar, Strauss and other Soloists: Francesca Maionchi, Nicola Simone Mugnaini, Giovanni Cervelli and many others. Director: Andrea Colombini; solo guitar and various jokes, Meme Lucarelli (from 23.30 to 01.30)
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On January 1, 2019, the New Year's Concert is one of the most anticipated and popular events of the Teatro del Giglio. At 17:00 with an intense musical excursus for solo voices and orchestra through the beautiful melodies of Johann Strauss Jr., Franz Lehár, Nino Rota and Giacomo Puccini, back for an afternoon in music that will not fail to excite.