Inaugural Concert of 22-ICOS by Indaco Quartet

Sunday 16 September 2018

Criticism has on several occasions shown an enthusiastic appreciation for the group. The Ttela Newspaper (Sweden) describes the execution of the Quartet with these words: "Their performance is like an amazing spectacle of fireworks, so brilliant that the walls of the room barely contained it"; The Vicenza Journal describes the Quartet as "compact, full of enamel and exuberance, a true revelation," and goes on: "The Indaco Quartet has in the quiver strings that are pointing for shining precision, concentration and great ability."

The Indaco Quartet was born at the Fiesole Music School, Italy, in 2007 thanks to the impulse of Piero Farulli and Andrea Nannoni. In 2017 they obtained the Master in Kammermusik und Streichquartett at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Media Hannover under the guidance of Prof. Oliver Wille. Over the years Indaco Quartet attended masterclasses with several quartets and specialization courses held by members of the major quartets of our time. Currently the Indaco Quartet is attending the Master in Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule in Hanover under the guidance of Oliver Wille (Quartet Kuss). Guest of prestigious shows, festivals and musical institutions in Italy (including the recent concert at the Quirinale Palace in Rome and broadcast live on Rai Radio 3, and most renowned festivals in Italy), the Quartet also performed in European countries such as Ireland (Galway, Dublin), Latvia (Riga and Jurmala), Germany (Podium Festival-Esslingen, Hannover, Heidelberger Frühlings, Bad Pyrmont), Sweden (Stockholm and Vänersborg), and Holland (The Hague and Kerkrade). Indaco Quartet has won several awards during its career, the "Premio Papini" and "Enrica Cremonesi" international competitions. In 2014 they received the special prize "Jeunesses Musicales" during the X edition of the prestigious "Paolo Borciani Award" for the string quartets. 

HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR TO CHIANTI WINE REGION (For registered accompanying persons)

Monday 17 September 2018

AN UNFORGETTABLE HALF DAY TOUR IN THE HEART OF CHIANTI, FAR FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF FLORENCE.

Let your tour leader do all the work and take you on a half day journey through the SPELLBINDING COUNTRYSIDE of CHIANTI, a region known for its scenic beauty, picturesque villages and pure air. You will pick you up from your hotel and take you for a 50-minute drive through beautiful ROLLING HILLS, VERDANT VINEYARDS and OLIVE TREES. Relax and enjoy the scenery, the first stop on the tour is just around the corner! Your tour starts with a visit to a rustic WINE ESTATE, in the HEART OF VINEYARDS, where you will be greeted by the owners and offered an appetizing snack based on home produced olive oil and a tasting of a delicate “VINO CHIANTI”. You will visit the cellar and learn all the secrets of wine processing. The CHIANTI WINE REGION needs no introduction, and its marvellous landscape is literally dotted with picture postcard tiny villages and magnificent castles dominating sunny rolling hills. Don't forget to visit GREVE IN CHIANTI one of the most beautiful and authentic Chianti villages: TINY SQUARES, DELICIOUS PATIOS decorated with flowers, SMALL ARTISANS'SHOPS and LOCAL WINERIES where you can taste the world renowned CHIANTI CLASSICO RED WINE. A PRIVATE TOUR that gives you the opportunity to discover the FLAVOURS AND COLOURS of the ENCHANTING CHIANTI WINE REGION between Florence and Siena!

Concert of the Choir and Orchestra of University of Florence

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Founded in 1996, The Choir of the University of Florence comprises around 30 voices, mostly Italian and foreign students, as well as staff. The Choir participates in various events organised by the University, gives concerts in Italy and abroad and is often involved in cultural exchanges with other national and foreign university choirs.

In December 2011 the Choir has been recognised Choir of National Interest by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

The Orchestra of the University of Florence was formed in 1996 to give students and staff the opportunity to live the experience of ensemble musical practice as well as enrich individual musical and technical skills and knowledge.

Since 2012 the Orchestra has a regular performing space at “Il Tempio delle Muse”, a series of concerts (with free admission) staged every Sunday morning in the various spaces of the Museum of Natural History of the University.

Site of the Concert of the Choir and Orchestra of University of Florence

The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata (Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation) is a Renaissance-style. It is considered the mother church of the Servite Order. The church was founded in 1250 by the seven original members of the Servite Order. Pilgrims who came to the church to venerate the miraculous painting often left wax votive offerings, many of them life-size models of the donor (sometimes complete with horses). The Florentine brides traditionally visit the shrine to leave their bouquets.

The facade of the church was added in 1601 by the architect Giovanni Battista Caccini, imitating the Renaissance-style of Brunelleschi's facade of the Ospedale deli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital). The interior contains many art crafts from famous artist among which Bronzino, Perugino, Michelozzo, Giambologna, Andrea del Castagno, Baccio Bandinelli, and others. To enter the church we pass a little Cloister (Chiostrino dei Voti) designed by Michelozzo that contains frescoes, from 1460 to 1515, of many famous artists: Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Franciabigio, Cosimo Rosselli, Alessio Baldovinetti.