A Rich Night of Poetry with Acclaimed Authors

New York University will be holding a poetry reading in English with specials guests Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort, and Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa at Villa La Pietra on October 9, 2017 (7 pm) as part of their series, “In Dialogue with Writers.” The poets will be reading their works and detailing the meaning behind their creations. The audience will be able to earn a deeper understanding and appreciate the significance of these [...]

Using Music to Celebrate Life: A David Bellugi Tribute

A Bach Telemann concert to honor the memory of David Bellugi (1954–2017), with a performance of selected pieces from these baroque German composers, will be held on September 28 at Florence’s Church of Santa Felicita (9 pm). Georg Philipp Telemann’s Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin (Trauermusik) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gottes Zeit, ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus Tragicus) are some of the compositions included in this classical program and will be performed by [...]

A Night of Poetry & Purpose with Patricia Smith

Award-winning American poet Patricia Smith has partnered with New York University in Florence for a poetry reading on September 18, 2017 (7:30 pm) at the Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120. The night promises to be one of inspiration and calls for action with the esteemed poet reading from her newly published collection, Incendiary Art. The poems chosen will discuss injustices to the black male body and the intense grief of mothers everywhere, [...]

A Musical Tribute to Andrea Tacchi

To honor the one-year anniversary of his death, there will be a special festival for Andrea Tacchi on September 17, 2017 in his memory at the Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm). Andrea was a superb violinist whose presence is still missed. With his position as concertmaster and first violin of the Orchestra della Toscana, Andrea had a major role in not only the orchestra, but also the lives of [...]

The Sounds of ‘Markets in Music’ 2017

The “Arte e Mercati” Association seeks to paint the Sant’ Ambrogio Market, Loggia del Porcellino/Mercato Nuovo of Florence with music and culture. The free events of “Markets in Music” will strengthen the bonds the community has with these locations, encouraging native pride. The markets attract multitudes of diverse visitors daily, but these night time events will add a fresh creative initiative to make it more than a daytime tourist attraction. Performances will be [...]

‘The Festival au Désert’s’ Exotic Trip

The 2017 Festival au Désert molds different cultures, societal perceptions, traditions, and music together from Mediterranean, African, and Middle Eastern countries through its three-day long festival in the city of Florence. Contemporary music from numerous ethnic backgrounds will bring richness to the ears in a refectory courtyard across from Piazza Ognissanti, next to the church of the same name.  Admission is free and the public is welcome. While to celebrating a multitude of [...]

A Free Florence Performance by the Tallis Scholars

Tuesday, July 11: TALLIS SCHOLARS IN CONCERT. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, piazza del Duomo. 9:15 pm. Free admission (booking recommended; see below for details). A legendary group of English voices, known as the Tallis Scholars, will make a guest appearance this Wednesday at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Conducted by group founder Peter Phillips, the Scholars will pay a double homage to Heinrich Isaac, the Renaissance composer and singer who [...]

Youth Orchestra Festival in Piazza Signoria

Youth orchestras from across the world will come to Italy, with countries such as the USA, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany represented, during the annual the Festival Internazionale delle Orchestre Giovanili. The festival, which organizes 50 to 70 concerts every July, was founded in Florence in 1999 with the intention of fostering the international musical community in Tuscany. The main venue is Loggia dei Lanzi, located in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, but [...]

Free Classical Music in ‘La Piazza Incantata’

Piazza Santa Croce is one of Florence’s most beautiful and well-known city squares. It is therefore fitting that the CR Firenze Foundation has chosen to hold a free concert in this space in honor of its 25th anniversary. On June 28 at 8:30 pm, 500 musicians will perform in Santa Croce as part of an event entitled La Piazza Incantata (The Enchanted Square).  Singers from the Maggio Musicale Children’s Choir will perform together with the [...]

Free Chamber Concert in the Badia Fiorentina

The Badia Fiorentina (via del Proconsolo), originally founded in 978 in dedication to the Virgin Mary, is a beautiful abbey which holds the preserved Cloister of the Oranges, a fresco cycle of scenes from the life of St. Benedict, in addition to an altarpiece painted by Filippino Lippi. The music of Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz (1644-1704) will fill the space on Saturday, June 10 at 9 pm with an hour of his [...]