American Choirs Perform in Santa Croce

Wed. June 5: GREAT AMERICAN CHORAL SERIES. Santa Croce. 8 pm. Free entrance. Choruses from across the United States are making their debut in one of the greatest churches in Florence. In a night dedicated to classical music, the Florence Chamber Orchestra will be performing in tandem with American choirs to make enchanting music. The set list this year is primarily based off of Ludwig van Beethoven with a singular piece by Franz [...]

Free Recital by French Musician in Florence’s Cathedral

Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore continues its 23rd annual celebration of sacred music with a free concert on May 7 at 9:15 pm, starring the Duomo’s powerful Mascioni organ and internationally renowned organist Maurice Clerc. As the titular organist of Dijon’s Cathedral of St. Benigne for nearly 50 years, Maurice Clerc is one of today’s most celebrated representatives of the French organ tradition, having presented thousands of recitals around the world, [...]

Free Concert Honors Santa Croce Anniversary

Easter weekend has long passed, but religious celebrations continue in Florence in honor of the upcoming anniversary of Basilica di Santa Croce, founded on May 3, 1294 by Arnolfo Cambio. For the third year in a row, the so-called “Temple of Italian Glories” will celebrate this date with a free evening concert of classical music. The event will bring together Florentine pianist Gaia Federica Caporiccio, soprano Francesco Fedeli, Slovenian flutist Lara Salomon, saxophonist [...]

A Complimentary Holy Week-Themed Duomo Concert

As an anticipation of the Christian Holy Week, the Duomo’s “O flos colende” program series will host Les Talens Lyriques for a free concert on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:15 pm. Founded by harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset in 1991, the French ensemble sheds light on obscure works of the European musical tradition by performing a wide variety of vocal and instrumental genres, ranging from Baroque to early Romantic repertoire. Their extensive discography has [...]

International Women’s Day Florence Freebies

Watch out for free museums openings and other perks marking International Women’s Day or Festa della Donna (March 8), an event universally signaled by gifting a bouquet of mimosa. No admission will be charged to women visiting the following city-run museums: Palazzo Vecchio and its tower (open 9 am – 2 pm); Santa Maria Novella (9 am – 5:30 pm); the Brancacci Chapel (10 am – 5 pm); the Bardini Museum (11 am [...]

Architectural Talk in English at Cal State

January 30: INCOMPIUTO: THE BIRTH OF STYLE. Via Giacomo Leopardi, 12n; Florence.  5 pm. Free admission. Insight and knowledge are the key to growth, so take advantage of this opportunity to expand a world view on a specific subject important to Florence in English. The public is invited join the architecture students of California State University Firenze to listen to an educational lecture on modern architectural design. The lecture will headline two interesting and [...]

Talk: Portraits From Antiquity to the ‘Selfie’

The public is welcome to hear art historian Elaine Ruffolo speak on the topic “Portraits: From Antiquity to the Selfie” at the C.E.A. Study Center, Piazza della Repubblica 6 on Tuesday, January 29 at 6 pm. Ruffolo will explore the development of portraiture up to the modern era.  She will explain why portraits have played such an important role in the history of western art and consider the part they have played in shaping [...]

Riva’s Contemporary Mother & Child Portrayals

Until Jan. 31: NATUS. Salone di Donatello, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo.  Open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Free admission. Natus is an art show inside the San Lorenzo Church found under the courtyard past the ticket booth all the way to the back and down a staircase. On display are 22 terra cotta and bronze sculptures, all created by artist Ugo Riva, inspired by verses by the poet Davide Rondoni, [...]

Academy Gallery Hosts Free Monday Concert

The public is invited to “Serata Fiorentina,” a complimentary evening of music composed between the 15th and 17th centuries hosted by the Academy Gallery (via Ricasoli 58/60) on Monday, December 10 at 7 pm.  Specialists in Renaissance music, the Capella de la Torre ensemble, led by oboe virtuosa Katharina Baeuml, will play period instruments such as the shawn (the oboe’s predecessor) and will sing as well, with Michelangelo’s David in the background. The [...]

A Free Recital at the Cathedral Museum

The second appointment for the free concert series Note al Museo will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 pm. Christophe Coin will perform on his cello, in the Sala del Paradiso of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum).  The varied program offers music ranging from the 17th century to today. The recital will include Domenico Gabrielli’s Ricercarti, Bach’s Suites, 19th century violinist Alfredo Piatti’s reinterpretation of musical passages from operas and [...]