2019 Concert Season kicks off on Monday 1st of April
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, RCS has produced over two thousand concerts, featuring more than 900 musicians. In this way it 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, with top-flight musicians, an ear for contemporary music and refreshing concert formats.
RCS 34th season of concerts kicks off on Monday 1st of April with the Hadimova String Quartet performing the 13th stage of their multi-year project of the complete series of quartets by Haydn. The same ensemble will be continuing the series of Schubert’s in 2019 (28th of October). The scope and diversity of the RCS repertoire are increasing every year: the 2019 programme features a total of 85 chamber music concerts. The wide-ranging programme will be rounded off by several well-established event series.
Contaminations: music should bring us together and open our minds to discovery, innovation and reflection; it resists categorization. Afterwards, let’s go on contaminating with 13 events, which feature an appealing and original crossover of classic, jazz, modern and pop music. Here are some highlights: on Saturday the 15th of June the Fusion String Quintet plays the Beatles, featuring some of the most known and loved songs by the Fab Four; on Saturday the 29th of June “The fantastic 70’s” by the Musikanten Piano Trio, presenting some of the most popular songs from the 1970s; while on Monday the 18th of July the pianist Luca Mennella will get inspiration from the starry July nights and showcase the most famous piano pieces with the moon as protagonist. On the 1st of August Giacomo Ronchini will pay tribute to ‘Tom’ Jobim, the creator of bossa nova style whose songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. 20th Century Ballads is the title of the “Contaminations” proposed by Rando & Bocchino sax and piano duo on Monday the 5th of August. On the 14th of October, the pianist Mattia Mistrangelo will be on stage with “A touch of Latin” to celebrate the Latin origin-music, with a repertoire from Gardel, Ginastera and Piazzolla to Bacalov.
The cycle of Theme evenings, devoted to various classical composers: there will be three recitals on Beethoven’s masterpieces (one by Andrea Bauleo on the 27th of May and two by Giuseppe Maiorca on the 8th of June and the 21st of September) and one on Ravel, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn respectively on the 22nd of June, 2nd, 14th, 25th and 27th of September. In addition, this year two concerts will be dedicated to the French jazz pianist and composer Claude Bolling: on Wednesday the 15th of May the Farm Quartet will feature Bolling’s Suites for flute and jazz trio n. 1 and 2; on Friday the 25th of October the Nuovo Quartetto Cimarosa will play Bollling’s Suite for cello and jazz trio.
Two-piano performances: as in the past years, they will be hosted in our new recital hall, the Ravello Art Center, the former Grand Caruso Wine Cellar, very close to Ravello main square, about 50 m from the parking and 30 m from the bus stop. Just to cite some of the scheduled shows: Bach’s Goldberg Variations for two pianos performed by Federica Monti & Fabio Bianco and the concert by Raffaele Maisano & Mattia Mistrangelo on the 12th of October, with Jazz improvisations on Johann Sebastian Bach Masterpieces.
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.
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.
The concert’s start time from the 1st of April to the 3rd of May and from the 9th of September to the 1st of November will be 6.30 pm, a definitely more suitable time to take advantage of the public bus service at the concert end, which is normally reduced in Autumn and Spring. The concerts from the 6th of May to the 5th of August will be performed at 08.30 pm, for concertgoers to have time to thoroughly appreciate Ravello and to enjoy our music, possibly after a nice dinner in typical Ravello restaurant. The concerts from the 2nd to the 7th of September will start at 08.00 pm.
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.