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Erice International Early Music Festival • XXVI edition 2022
Evolution of the historic International Week of Medieval and Renaissance Music, the Festival is part of the EricèNatale review which until 8 January transforms the beautiful Sicilian town into the village of cribs
The sounds of distant eras are once again the protagonists Erice (Trapani) with the XXVI edition of the International Early Music Festival, scheduled from 14 to 30 December 2022 within the evocative event EricèChristmas.

For thirty magical days (8 December '22 – 8 January '23), the ancient Sicilian center is transformed into the “village of cribs” offering a variety of events for adults and children – one of the most evocative Christmas events, in one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Eighteen in everything the events proposed by the Festival organized by the association Friends of Music of Trapani;

ten concerts with soloists is ensembles nationally and internationally in Churches of Saint martin is Saint John, six small thematic shows which form the collateral review "Chatter, music, poetry and hippocras...", al Cordici Museum Pole, is two musical dinners proposals to Sales Palace. Complete the billboard masterclass  "Balls and social dances in the Italian Renaissance", curated by Liliana Baronio of the La Rossignol ensemble.

“The Festival – he declares John De Santis, artistic director of the Friends of the Music of Trapani – from this year it is counted among the Italian festivals supported by MiC and represents the evolution of the historic International Week of Medieval and Renaissance Music, characterized by the increase in its duration and by the enrichment of its musical perimeter, which now embraces also the Baroque period. Furthermore, the programming is enriched by a series of events and collateral activities that qualify the event, making it fully one of the pillars of the tourist-cultural offer not only of the famous village of Erice but also of the entire province of Trapani”.

To open the XXVI International Early Music Festival, Wednesday December 14 (7pm) at the Church of San Martino, will be the ensemble formed by Theresia Bothe (I sing), Hercules Nisini (Renaissance trombone) e Zita Mikijanska (harpsichord), scheduled "Love songs”, an intriguing concert dedicated to the art of diminution between Italy and Germany at the beginning of the 1600s.

The evening will end with a very special event: a Sales Palace (20.30) you can participate in one Renaissance musical dinner, by theInstitute of Higher Education "Ignazio and Vincenzo Florio”. Who decides to pay a visit to Erice, whether he is an "insider" or a simple music lover, will be able to enjoy a fascinating musical refreshment, discovering a repertoire of rarities.

In Church of San Martino, the Festival then continues with a rich series of concerts:

Friday December 16 (19.00), appointment with “JS Bach's sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord” performed by Marco Lo Cicero, viola da gamba, e Basil Timpanaro at the harpsichord;

Monday December 19 (7pm) the Venetian harpsichordist Elisabeth Wilhelm will propose "Laissez place à la reine", the musical breath of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1666 - 1729), French composer and harpsichordist educated at the court of the Sun King;

Tuesday December 20 (7 pm), with "The three Sicilies” you will explore the musical world of Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Paolo Scipriani, Bernardo Storace, Giulio Ruvo and Giambattista Pergolesi, protagonists Alessandro Palmeri on baroque cello e Claudio Astronio at the harpsichord;

at 20.30, at Sales Palace the second of the is expected musical dinners, this time baroque, always by the Institute of Higher Education "Ignazio and Vincenzo Florio".

Friday December 23 (19.30) it will be the turn of Sibaró Ensemble, which brings to the stage the sopranos Theresia Bothe and Alicia Antichi, Angelo Litrico at the chalumeau, ancestor of the clarinet, Anna Spoto, traversiere, Mario Licciardello, bassoon and Rosaria Politi at the harpsichord. Scheduled "The breath of the Baroque“, music by Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Bononcini, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Henry Purcell;

the December 26th, Boxing Day, the Festival does not stop: theArianna art ensemble will delight the audience with “The lands of Ulysses – Voices from the Mediterranean” (7.00 pm) evocative concert that weaves together music of the Sephardic, Greek, Armenian, Arab, mediterranean. On stage Debora Troia (voice), Mario Crispi (ethnic wind instruments), Paolo Rigano (baroque guitar), Silvio Natoli (colascione, oud), Cinzia Guarino (harpsichord) and Giuseppe Valguarnera (percussions);

Tuesday December 27 (7 pm) the ensemble Rossignol will present "Laudate Dominum”, songs and sacred music of the late Renaissance; with Elena Bertuzzi (soprano), Roberto Quintarelli (contralto), Levi Alghisi (recorders, bagpipes), Erica Scherl (viella), Francesco Zuvadelli (positive organ, hurdy-gurdy);

to follow, Wednesday December 28 (7 pm), Rossignol come back with “Ecce novum gaudium”, pastorals and ancient carols for the Christmas of the poor and kings.

Thursday 29 It's Friday December 30th (10 am) The Festival moves to the suggestive St. John's Church, now used as an auditorium, for the masterclass dedicated to the dances of the early and late Italian Renaissance edited by Liliana Baronio, open to both professionals and simple connoisseurs.

To close the rich program of the International Early Music Festival 2022, on Friday December 30th (7.30 pm) at St. John's Church, the ensemble returns Rossignol, with the show "The graces of love”, arias and dances in the courts of the late Italian Renaissance. The protagonists will be Liliana Baronio and Erika Gansi (dance), Roberto Quintarelli (contralto player and dance); Elena Bertuzzi (soprano), Erica Scherl (viella), Levi Alghisi (fautidirit, bagpipes), Lucio Testi (bombarde, ciaramelli) and Francesco Zuvadelli (positive organ, hurdy-gurdy).

This year the Festival joins the main programming with the  collateral review: "Talk, music, poetry and hippocras…”, articulated in six small thematic shows, linked to the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, associated with tastings of pastry products of the historical periods of reference for each show.

The shows, all conceived and directed by Betty Lo Sciuto and the scenography of Danilo Coppola, will take place at A. Cordici Museum Pole with the following schedule:

Monday December 19 (5 pm) it starts with “TO the season that leaves and flowers in the world…”, rhymes of thirteenth-century women, on stage Lydia Miceli, narrator, e Theresia Bothe, singing and lute;

the same interpreters on Wednesday December 21 (5.00 pm) will propose “Love is a desire that comes from the heart…”, verses and music at the court of Federico II,

It's Friday December 23 (12 o'clock) will try their hand at the salons and dilettantes of the Italian Renaissance in "How beautiful is youth”;

Wednesday December 28 (12 o'clock) is scheduled "You, who passed through my eyes to my heart… - The Dolce Stil Novo", With Dario Garofalo (actor), Theresia Bothe (singing) and Raymond Mantione (lute);

Thursday December 29th (5.30 pm) the same cast will star in “So kind and so honest it seems - Dante and his time”;

finally, Friday December 30th (5.00 pm), last appointment for "Chatter, music, poetry and hippocras...", the same artists will present "Yes, how clear fame plays almost for the whole world...", short stories popular in the fourteenth century.

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To quench your curiosity: L'hippocrasus is an ancient drink based on aromatized and fermented red wine, whose invention has been attributed to the great Greek physician Hippocrates (hence the name). At the end of the Middle Ages, the new spices imported by the Venetians entered the recipe for Hippocratic wines, such as cinnamon, cloves, rhubarb, myrrh, cinchona and cardamom. Louis XIV became a great admirer and the fashion was immediately followed in all the courts of Europe. Always served at the end of a meal, as an accompaniment to sweets and jams, hippocrass became a very common drink until the end of the 17th century, when it was gradually replaced by distilled alcohol. Some Italian wineries currently re-propose this ancient wine, still made according to medieval dictates.
Erice International Early Music Festival • XXVI edition 2022

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