2021 Concert Schedule will be published on December 1st
A paradise high above the Amalfi Coast whose many facets of beauty are composed of medieval ruins, breath-taking views and luxuriant gardens overlooking the sea. Lord Byron would have loved it. Wagner was enthralled by its gardens and vistas. Gore Vidal called it home for several months each year. Ravello is an utterly-romantic spot, a pocket-sized paradise perched on a rocky ridge, more than one thousand feet above the sea. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone with their ravishing gardens and historical assets, the Cathedral with its world known medieval ambones and mosaics and the numberless little chapels scattered along the streets and steps are all part of Ravello: offering its romantic, otherworldly atmosphere to tourists coming from all over the world. In this evocative atmosphere the Ravello Concert Society (RCS) concert series is a traditional and well-established date, which over the years has delighted thousands of visitors with a wide range of performances by soloists and chamber music groups.
The “Princess Concerts” - organized to commemorate the visit of the Princess Maria José of Savoy who came to Ravello in 1933 - was the first music festival to be promoted by the Ravello Concert Society. Since then, thanks to the support of its audience, RCS has become more and more well established and strong in order to guarantee a yearly planning of events as long-lasting as possible and not dependent on public funding. Eventually RCS has developed a growing local, national and international reputation as an arts promoter, offering events with a promise of great music in casual but stimulating environments, an ear for contemporary music and refreshing concert formats.
There are places in the world where, even if you don’t want to, you would bump into. On the contrary there are others so hidden and remote that you would struggle to get to. There are crowded, noisy places that would bring you into isolation; and there are others so silent and quiet that invite you to pleasantly mingle with people. There are places which are fully-equipped, but cold and impersonal and others where any single stone would reveal history and traditions in a cosy and intimate atmosphere. If you are looking for such a treasure and rare venue, you’ve got it: the Annunziata Historic Building, our main recital hall, is one of these places! It is located on the borderline of Villa Rufolo Park and, with its world famous domes, it has been since ever the landmark of Ravello and its Music Festival. The Annunziata was built in 1281 by Fusco noble family and later became part of the Rufolo family estate. In 1851 Villa Rufolo was bought by Sir Nevile Reid, a Scottish botanist. He restored the Villa to its antique splendour, adding rare plants to its gardens. A new restoration work was carried out in 1982-1983 bringing the Historic Building to its original Romanic style. Since then, the complex, with its two Recital Halls connected by a porch, has been used as location of our concerts.
In July and August the concerts are held at the Ravello Arts Council Guest House gardens. The Ravello Arts Council Guest House is an ancient tower located among olive trees in Minuta, a hamlet of Scala. It was recently restored and integrated with an open air space set up to host chamber music concerts. From the entire property you can have a terrific view of Ravello hanging over the coast and, in the clear weather, of the Salerno Gulf up to Cilento mountains and Paestum.
The distance between the two sites is about 3 km, 35’ on foot and little less than 10’ by car. To reach the concert venues you have to walk down (...and up..!) a certain number of steps (91 for the Annunziata and 130 for the Guest House). Most of Ravello’s historical and artistic sites can be reached only going up and down on foot. We apologize, but the Amalfi Coast has been growing vertically over the centuries and that makes it so beautiful!
To coincide with the announcement of the new season of concerts, RCS launches a new student ticket: full-time students aged between 14 and 26 get discounted ticket at €17.50. And don’t forget the virtual ticket: an opportunity to listen to the live recording of a concert if you cannot attend or you want to keep the memory of it. Check on our internet site for further details.
Ranging from chamber music to jazz contaminations, all events are spectacular as the environment we present and produce them in. Come and discover our impressing venues, cosy atmosphere and great acoustic in locations full of history and culture. At RCS there are always interesting, engaging music. In addition, there is always the chance to make new friends, meet the artists and escape from your to-do list for an hour or two.