Animando, a new season opens in the name of Picasso’s music and art

Stefano Teani is the new artistic director. There will also be a grand gala dedicated to Callas

The 2023 concert season of the Animando music promotion center begins with great news, which has appointed an artistic director for the first time, Stefano Teani.

“We chose Teani – says the president Paolo Citti -, a young excellence from Lucca trained at the Boccherini Institute and already known in the area for his activity as a pianist, composer and conductor”. At the age of just 22, he was chosen by Riccardo Muti for his Italian Opera Academy and is composer in residence at Gustav Kuhn’s Montegral Academy (of which he is also assistant). He works steadily at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Austria as a collaborator and assistant conductor and, in 2020, he founded the Orchestra Sinfonica della Versilia. He is the author of the book L’Epoca dell’Essere, la musica del mondo nuovo – Felici Editore, he is also a passionate popularizer, as can be seen from his successful podcast Ginger Classics – Aperitivi Musicali.

The young director has chosen an important artistic anniversary of the year of 2023 to “trace the course” of the season: the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso. This is how maestro Teani explains the leitmotif of the season: “I have chosen an emblematic motto for the 2023 season: ‘shake off the dust’, taken from a famous phrase by Picasso: ‘Art shakes off the soul from the dust accumulated in the life of everyday’. To do this, not only does Animando offer less ordinary concerts than usual (both for the choice of programs and for the instruments and artists involved) but above all it aims to create a network of quality collaborations”.

As is well known, Picasso went through three distinct creative periods: the blue period, the pink period and then arrived at the famous Cubism. Similarly, the events scheduled for the 2023 season will be divided into three parts: Animando Blu (from January to April), Animando Rosa (from May to August) Animando al Cubo (from September to December).

The first period will include more intimate, chamber-style and more reflective events. The second will include concerts with orchestra and new, fresh, dissemination and entertainment formats. The biggest surprises are reserved for the latter, with events located in non-ordinary, suggestive places and more eclectic and unexpected programming. To underline in the months of June and August, the sparkling Musical Aperitifs, a completely stimulating musical proposal for summer evenings. Don’t miss the grand opera gala in memory of Maria Callas which will take place on Saturday 23 September at 6 pm at the Convento dell’Angelo in Ponte a Moriano.

The first appointment of the Animando season will be held on Saturday (February 11) at 5 pm at the Real Collegio in Lucca with the dance show Remember to Live, Carnival Edition.

The Animando Blu program continues on Saturday 11 March at 5 pm with Waiting for How I met Puccini with Valentina Ciardelli (double bass), Anna Astesano (harp) at the Agorà Library. In April, the first appointment is from 1 to 6 pm with the event entitled Anonymous in love, 700 Afghan and Lucchese in comparison with Mashal Arman (Mezzo-soprano), Orestis Kalampalikis (Guitar) and will be held at the Real Collegio. On Friday 7 April at 5 pm, the concert for Good Friday with the StereoTipi polyphonic choir is scheduled at the Church of Santa Maria Bianca.

The Animando Rosa show opens on Sunday (May 14) at 6 pm with Brahms’ Nineteenth Century in the footsteps of Viotti’s Eighteenth Century with Laura Bortolotto (Violin), Christian Joseph Saccon (Violin), Orchestra Nuove Assonanze, conductor Alan Freiles, at the Chiesa dei Serve. It continues on Sunday 4 June, at 9 pm, with Mozart and Boccherini – So close, so far with Remo Pieri (clarinet), New Assonanze Orchestra, conductor: Grigor Palikarov, Chiesa dei Servi. On Sunday 18 June, again at 9 pm in the same location, the program Da Bach a Pergolesi: religion and theater in the eighteenth century with the Ensemble Animando, Christian Sebastianutto (violin) and conductor: Gianmaria Griglio. On Wednesday 21 June at 8 pm appointment with The musical aperitifs of Ginger Classics – Meeting with artists, followed by at 9.15 pm The masterpieces of early twentieth-century songwriting with Camilla Less Quartet at the Real Collegio. Friday 30 at 8 pm new appointment with Ginger Classics musical aperitifs – Meeting with the artists followed by at 9.15 pm  Modugno, Fred and surroundings with Nicola Pecci at the Real Collegio. Saturday 15 July at 8 pm new meeting with musical aperitifs followed at 9.15 pm by Why not, Lucio Battisti! with Marco Cattani, also at the Real Collegio. Friday 28 July Betti Award in Bagni di Lucca, in the Town Hall Garden.

Animando al Cubo on the other hand will take place between next September and October. It begins on September 1 at 5 pm with the concert for electric violin and loop station with Francesco Carmignani at the Lucar Toyota dealership. On Saturday 23rd at 6 pm, the Grand Opera Gala in memory of Maria Callas is scheduled with Maria Novella Malfatti (soprano), Stefano Teani (piano) and the Montegral Academy (Convento dell’Angelo).