ORT Easter Concert with National Premiere

Michele Marelli

Amidst Florence’s many upcoming Holy Week celebrations, the Orchestra della Toscana will present an Easter concert on Wednesday, April 17 at 9 pm in Florence’s Verdi Theatre. The evening will mark one of the ensemble’s last concerts of their 2018-2019 season and will be sure to attract Romantic and contemporary music lovers alike.

The program will open with Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a tender symphonic poem which the composer presented to his wife for her birthday in 1869. Those attending will then have the privilege of hearing the national premiere of “Air on Air,” a concerto for basset horn and orchestra by Ivan Fedele, one of today’s most beloved Italian composers. Lastly, ORT will perform Robert Schumann’s epic Symphony No. 2, which he famously wrote in the midst of his struggles with depression, insomnia, and several other symptoms of mental illness.

The performance, which should prove to be exciting, will be directed by Markus Stenz, the Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor-in-Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, “Air on Air” will feature soloist Michele Marelli, a clarinet and basset horn virtuoso who collaborated with Fedele on the composition.

One of Tuscany’s most recognized orchestral ensembles, the Orchestra della Toscana was founded in 1980 and has since performed on international stages and collaborated with renowned musicians such as, Yo-Yo Ma, Martha Argerich and Maxim Vengerov. Today, the group is composed of 44 accomplished musicians and frequently performs in the historic Verdi Theatre at Via Ghibellina, 99.  (lea bourgade)

Tickets for this performance range from €13 to €18 and include discounts for students. To make reservations, please visit www.teatroverdifirenze.it.