June 27 Free Baroque Concert at Casa Buonarroti


Ensemble Alraune.

The final concert of the Festival Passaggi in Florence will take place on June 27 in the courtyard of Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo’s House), on via Ghibellina, 70 at 9 pm.  There is free admission with reservation: call 055/241752 between 10 am and 4 pm (except Tuesday).

June 27: “Paris | Naples | Florence: A Baroque Stroll” 

The offers an evening of Baroque music from the 17th and early 18th centuries interpreted by the Ensemble Alraune.  The program consists of works by Italian and French composers Castello, S. D’India, Rossi, Caccini, Falconieri, Pergolesi, and Lully.

Spotlight on the musicians:

SOPRANO: Maria Francesca Rossi

Maria Francesca Rossi is a soprano soloist of the Musical Chapel of the Modena Cathedral and specializes in sacred works including Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589. She made her debut at the Luciano Pavarotti Municipal Theater in Modena and Carpi performing the role of Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Currently she is pursuing a two-year course in opera singing at the “Vecchi-Tonelli” Higher Institute of Musical Studies in Modena. 

VIOLIN AND VIOLA: Hildegard Kuen and Stefano Zanobini

Hildegard Kuen is a violinist of the Quartetto Euphoria and teacher at Fiesole Music School, performing all over Italy and on live TV for RaiUno. She’s also worked with the Basilica of San Lorenzo rediscovering archives of sacred and secular music from the 16th and 17th century and recording a CD for Harvard University.

Stefano Zanobini holds the position of principal viola player of the ORT (Orchestra della Toscana) having received his musical upbringing under the guidance of Piero Farulli and many other esteemed musicians. He is deeply committed to promoting music education initiatives as an artistic director and teacher of young musicians. He is a co-founding member of Ensemble Alraune, and is known for the CDs “Musica e Regime” and “Tuscania.”

DOUBLE BASS: Margherita Naldini 

Margherita Naldini is a graduate of Mozarteum University Salzburg and was a member of Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, and Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg. She is currently a freelance musician working with the Bayerische Kammer Philharmonie.

HARPSICHORD: Mario Sollazzo

Born in Naples, Sollazzo is a graduate in piano, chamber music and philosophy who alternates between pianist, fortepiano, harpsichord and conducting. He boasts a vast repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. His collaboration with Stefano Zanobini and their shared interest in period instruments used in Baroque theater led to the creation of the Ensemble Alraune. (milla elizabeth)