‘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, and a masterpiece alter piece 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 [...]

Free Florence Cathedral Celebratory Concert

An eclectic, free concert will be presented on Thursday, June 8 at Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore’s Cathedral (Duomo) in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the completion of the Florence landmark’s marble façade. The program under the auspices of the O Flos Colende festival, performed by the Gioacchino Rossini Philharmonic Orchestra, will highlight “Le Feste a Firenze,” composed by Lapo Miglorati, specifically for the 1887 grand inauguration. In front of the Duomo above [...]

Bach & Improvisation in the Duomo

Tuesday, May 23: O FLOS COLENDE 2017. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, piazza del Duomo. 9:15 pm.  Free admission. O Flos Colende – Sacred Music in Florence, celebrating its 21st year, is back with another concert at the Duomo. Founded in 1997 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of Santa Maria del Fiore, the main purpose of the concert series is to acquaint the public with forgotten [...]

Free Romantic Music Concert in Florence’s Cathedral

The 21st edition of O Flos Colende series of sacred music concerts is sponsoring a classical music event on Tuesday, May 9 at 9:15 pm in the Duomo. The program features Maometto II by Gioachino Rossini, an Ave Maria from Giuseppe Verdi’s Othello, Ridonami la Calma by Fracesco Paolo Tosti, and other spiritual songs by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Reger, and Charles Gounod. Featured soloists include soprano Alessandra Rezza, who has performed at the Opera of [...]

Classical Music & Guided Tours in Santa Maria Nuova

The first weeks of May bring two free concerts for Florentine classical music fans. The association Musica Ricercata will be putting on musical events in the museum of Santa Maria Nuova, the oldest hospital still in operation, every Friday evening at 5:30 pm in the Salone Martino V. Each concert will be included by a guided tour of the cloisters that frame the hospital. The evening of Friday, May 5 at 5:30 pm [...]

May 1 Pzz. Signoria Flag Throwing Competition

May 1, 2017 will be the 23rd time that the best flag-throwing teams (sbandieratori) of Italy will be competing with great artistic flair in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria. The prize will be the Marzocco Trophy, commemorating the symbol of power (Marzocco, depicted in art and sculpture by a lion), of the Florentine Republic. Based on time-honored military signaling by throwing a sequence of flags into the air in synchronized movements, the annual contest highlights this [...]