May Movies in English

During the last half of May the Odeon Cinema (piazza Strozzi) offers films filled with action, fantasy and science fiction with the latest Alien movie and the continuing saga of Pirates of the Caribbean. As part of the yearlong celebration of the British Institute’s 100-year anniversary in Florence, two British films are on the bill—Orson Welles The Third Man and It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s and Beyond, another [...]

A Classical Evening with Garry Walker, ORT & Mozart

Acclaimed Scottish conductor Garry Walker will be returning to Florence to conduct the Orchestra della Toscana on Thursday, May 4 at Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina, 9 pm). It will definitely be an evening of major musical names, both in the contemporary classical music scene as well as historically. The performance will largely be dedicated to Mozart but will also highlight the work of Jacques Ibert and Franz Schubert. The concert commences with Jacques [...]

Women’s Open Mic Night at St. Marks

NYU’s Picturing Women dialogue series, focused on the representation of women in the art world, continues this Thursday April 27 at 7 pm with a Picturing Woman Open Mic Night at St. Mark’s English Church, via Maggio 16. Past events in the series have included lectures on women in film, the struggles of working women, women and violence as well as their role in politics. Organized by third year undergraduate student Shelley Martin, [...]

Easter Week Movie Showings in English

The Easter weekend offers several film choices for the English speaking community in Florence.   A supernatural thriller, a no-holds-barred action flick and a sobering documentary about the future will be screened in local venues. Planetary. Odeon Cinema, Piazza Strozzi, Florence. Thursday April 13, 9:15 pm. This documentary issues a provocative warning exploring our planet’s origins and mankind’s future as a species. www.odeonfirenze.com/ Fast and Furious. Odeon Cinema, Piazza Strozzi, Florence. Multiple showings, Thur. [...]

Two Star Pianists for ‘Amici della Musica’s’ Finale

Since 1920, the stunning Teatro della Pergola hosts “Amici” chamber music concerts by the finest international music artists. The Odyssey Bach cycle continues this month as we close out Spring with a grand finale featuring virtuoso pianists Angela Hewitt (April 9) and Grigory Sokolov (April 10). Famous worldwide for her knowledge and expertise of Bach’s compositions, Ottawa born musician Angela Hewitt is a piano prodigy who won her first scholarship at the age [...]

ORT, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ & Ligeti

In his April 4 debut at Teatro Verdi (9 pm), Alejo Pérez will direct the performance of Ligeti and Beethoven by the Orchestra della Toscana and soloist Federico Colli. The evening will open with Beethoven’s Eroica (Symphony No. 3), composed in 1804. Its dynamic composition and complicated structure was meant to celebrate Napoleon. Also on the program is Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, written in 1800. Dedicated to Prince Ferdinand of Prussia, the piece is [...]

A Tribute to Chopin, Bach & Rostropovich at the Pergola

At Teatro Pergola on Saturday afternoon (4 pm), Yuja Wang will perform pieces by Brahms and Chopin with her signature virtuosic piano style. Deemed “Flying Fingers” by the American press, Yuja Wang has become world-renown for her unconventionality and skill on the piano. The 29 year old was born in China, and now lives in Manhattan, giving her the chance to perform in major theater companies thought the US, in addition to Europe. [...]

Concerts of Creative Baroque & Late Romantic Music

Sunday night will host a classical event ready to both amaze and amuse. Starting at 9 pm at the Teatro della Pergola is a contemporary rendition of a musical treatise that strays from the familiar path of chamber music.  Monday evening brings famous Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev in a virtuoso program of all-Russian music. Sun. March 5: Rendition of Hubert Le Blanc’s Défense Treatise. Teatro della Pergola. 9 pm. The colorful concert to be [...]

‘Visions From the North’ Show & Free Tour

Open March 4 – May 21: Visions From the North: Estonian Painting from Enn Kunila’s Collection 1910-1940. Museo Novecento of 20th Century Art, Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10, Florence. Exhibition: €4, museum full price €8,50, under 18 free of charge In an effort to expand their already expansive compilation of modern European art, the Museo Novecento brings a temporary exhibit featuring Estonian paintings– the first time Florence has ever seen a private collection [...]

Carnival Concert at Teatro Verdi

Teatro Verdi is hosting some special guests this Tuesday, February 28th. At 9 pm, the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) will be performing their Carnival Concert with Dietrich Paredes as acting conductor and Saleem Ashkar on the piano as a soloist. Paredes is of Venezuelan origin, and is recognized not only for his early mastery of the violin, but also for his involvement in El Sistema, which provides an opportunity for poverty-stricken children to [...]