‘Caro Andrea’: A Free Tribute Music Marathon

Andrea Tacchi

This weekend, Andrea Tacchi, longtime principal violin for the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), will be honored and remembered at a special day long tribute entitled “Caro Andrea.”  The late virtuoso with the silver curls helped found the orchestra in 1980 and was a passionate cultivator of chamber music, initiating many prestigious ensembles over the years until his death in 2016.

Friends, colleagues, family members and many great names of classical music will gather together on the stage for a day of memory in honor of Tacchi on Sunday, September 30; admission to all concerts is free.


The music-filled day will begin at 11 am at the refectory of Santa Croce, with performances by Luca Provenzani and Fabiana Barbini playing Chopin on cello and piano and Dimitri Mattu e Angela Oliviero performing Nino Rota’s Intermezzo on viola and piano.  Next, the Trio Vox will present a Brahms Trio for piano, violin and cello followed by Riccardo Massai reading passages from the Song of Songs of the Old Testament set to the suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.  The Quartetto Fonè and soloist Marco Ortolani continue the gala by performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major.  This first part of the musical tribute culminates with a chamber group in a rendition of Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings.

The musical fest continues in the Teatro Verdi on via Ghibellina (6 pm) with violinist Chiara Morandi and the ORT’s brass and percussion quintets executing the compositions of Piazzolla; orchestras from Florence and Arezzo playing in collaboration with the Fiesole Music School; the Euphoria Quartet, directed by Marco Scicli; and the Harmonia Cantata Chorus with Daria Aleshina on piano performing works by Brahms and Cherubini.

At 8:30 pm Mario Brunello and violinist Giuliano Carmignola will interpret Bach concertos.  The homage closes with Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony featuring the Orchestra della Toscana on stage conducted by Daniele Rustioni (Teatro Verdi, 8 pm).  (rita kungel)