The two winter concert seasons of Emilia Romagna Festival are presented: ERF#StignaniMusica in Imola and ERF&TeatroMasiniMusica in Faenza.

The Imola season, in its second edition, comes with a playbill consisting of nine concerts, plus an out of season-ticket concert and a vocal concert that is part of the project “L’Opera nel Ridotto”. The opening will be on October 5th: the great pianist Ivo Pogorelich on stage, with a piano solo program that touches many of the composers who made this instrument great: Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel. In the second meeting, October 17, the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, accompanied by the Baroque orchestra L’Accademia degli Astrusi, conducted by Federico Ferri, will show all her skill to the adience in a program focused on music of the ‘600 and’ 700. On the 10th of November ERF will house a wonderful voice again: the soprano Desirée Rancatore, accompanied by the pianist Marco Scolastra, who will present a program of famous opera arias and chamber music by Tosti, Verdi, Donizetti, Liszt, Rossini, Bellini, Gounod. On December 5, the pianist Alessandro Taverna with the Filarmonica del Festival Pianistico of Brescia and Bergamo, conducted by Pier Carlo Orizio, will entertain the audience with the famous Mozart piano concerto n. 23 in A-major. On January 20, the Bamberg Trio will delight the spectators with a great and important romantic chamber music program. The season will continue with two piano recital: on February 6, Francesco Nicolosi -one of the leading exponents of the famous Neapolitan pianist school headed by Vincenzo Vitale- will perform with a repertoire between Thalberg and Liszt; while the protagonist of February 23 will be the pianist Maurizio Baglini with the multimedia accompaniment of Giuseppe Andrea L’Abbate. On 14 March, the virtuoso Sicilian cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima will play the roles of soloist, conductor and composer with the orchestra I Solisti Aquilani. The concert season closes on April 11th with the duo of the young Slovakian bass player Roman Patkoló and Miriam Rodriguez Brüllovà on guitar in a program that ranges between different genres and geographies. But the Imola season does not end in the nine concerts shown. The project “L’Opera nel Ridotto” proposes four appointments, based on the world of Opera, in the foyer of the Stignani Theatre. Finally, on 14 October at the Teatro Stignani will be the charity concert in favour of UNICEF: the legendary jazz pianist Danilo Rea will present his concert “Something in our way”, the sequel of the album released in 2015 the famous pianist will use for his improvisations the themes of the two most famous rock bands of the 1960s, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

The 7th edition of the ERF&TeatroMasiniMusica in Faenza comes with a playbill consisting of seven concerts, one of which is out of the season-ticket. It will start on 18 October with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini -which conductor is the young Jacopo Rivani- with a programme entirely dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven. On 3 November, the famous actress Catherine Spaak will give voice to the beautiful and dreamy lyrics of Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, accompanied by the pianist Corrado De Bernart, who will perform music by Bacalov, Glass, Nyman and Satie. On December 21, the Spanish Flamenco will be presented with a famous dancer Miguelete, accompanied by Ramon Jaffè, cello, and Johannes Hoffman Minera, guitar. On 29 January David Riondino will present his “Piovono Coriandoli”, accompanied by the pianist Sandro De Palma, performing music by Satie and Poulenc. The 15th February will be the turn of the first contemporary work of the composer Rossella Spinosa, titled “Abisso Mediterraneo – Pietà è morta”: a chamber opera with the participation of choir, dancer and musical ensemble, devoted to the drama of migrants, whose text was written by Geppino Materazzi and Pap A. Khouma. The season will end on 9th March with the Italian duo formed by cellist Silvia Chiesa and the pianist Maurizio Baglini in a programme enterely dedicated to Robert Schumann’s music. The out of season-ticket’s performance “Fior di patria, fior d’amor (vita e amori di Guidarello Guidarelli)” will be presented on December 16 by the Modern Sarti Ensemble conducted by the young and talented Jacopo Rivani with libretto by Ivano Artioli on original music by Paolo Geminiani.