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XXXI Musical Weeks at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza
“Silence first, then the sound, or the word” is the motto of the 2022 edition of the Festival
From 25 April to 12 June 2022 the Musical Weeks at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza: the concert festival comes this year to 31st edition, and offers a rich program of concerts laid out by the artistic director Sonig Tchakerian

Awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Award in 2011, the Musical Weeks, like every spring, animate the extraordinary stage of the Palladian theater and the other historic buildings of the city with a multiplicity of sounds, emotions and narratives. Renowned artists and young talents explore the different paths of classical music, combining famous pages with others of more rare execution, in a review that is configured as an intense crossroads of artistic dialogue and an event of attraction for an international audience.

First the silence, then the sound, or the word, is the title chosen for the 2022 edition of the Vicenza festival. "The mystery of silence, of waiting, when it is revealed in sound and in word, in a unique space in the world like the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza - declares Sonig Tchakerian - becomes the sign of the programming of the Festival for the three-year period 2022-2024, which takes place in the direction traced by our tradition: great artistic quality of the performers, innovativeness of musical and musicological choices ranging from chamber music to jazz improvisation, to prose, to the first performances, to the enhancement of emerging talents, to an interaction with the public with innovative communication initiatives and sharing of the show ".

The programming of the Musical Weeks at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza starts with the11. Edition of the Lamberto Brunelli Prize National Piano Competition from 25 to 27 April. The Brunelli Award presents itself this year in a new guise with two tests, preliminary and final with the Orchestra of Padua and Veneto at the Teatro San Marco and the Teatro Olimpico,

Sunday 22nd May the first appointment of the Festival, the now traditional one, is scheduled Mu.Vi. - Music. Vicenza, a widespread event that will make some of the most beautiful places in Vicenza “resound” throughout the day, from Chiericati Palace to Trissino Palace, from the Loggia del Capitaniato to Leoni Montanari Palace. With repertoires ranging from classical to jazz, from morning to evening there will be a variety of concerts and musical moments for a real music festival in which everyone is invited to participate.

After the inaugural event, the Festival continues Friday 27 May to Chiericati Palace with the first concert of the Youth Project. The protagonist will be the winner of the 10th Brunelli Award 2021, the pianist Kostandin Tashko, engaged in a program between pages of Beethoven, Liszt, Stravinsky is Tchaikovsky.

Always a Chiericati Palace, Sunday 29 May the matinee proposes a dialogue between music and painting with the concert Lucretia romana, femicide in art. The soprano Giulia Bolcato with Federico Toffano on the cello e Alberto Maron at the harpsichord they will propose pieces by Barbara Strozzi (My tears), Georg Federich Händel (the cantata Lucrezia) e Delilah Gutman (Almost a voice, with a piece in world premiere), related to the paintings of Padovanino and Luca Giordano by the art historian Sara Danese.

Always the May 29, the evening concert at Olympic Theater will see the extraordinary violinist on stage Giuseppe Gibboni, winner of the Paganini Prize 2021, With the'Orchestra of Padua and Veneto. On the program the Holberg Suite for strings op. 40 of Edvard Grieg, the Variations on an original theme op. 15 of Henryk Wieniawsky, La Campanella from the Concerto in B minor op. 7 of Niccolò Paganini and the Capriccio op.1 n. 24 of Niccolò Paganini / Giedrius Kuprevičius.

Friday 3 June to the Olympic Theater with the event Something sacred the Festival pays tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the centenary of his birth which occurs this year. The show includes readings from Pasolini's writings and critical essays dedicated to him, to music by Johann Sebastian Bach is Giovanni Sollima. The Armenian composer is also on the program Tigran Mansurian of which a piece for violin solo will be presented in absolute first performance. Protagonists Giuliana Musso, narrator, Sonig Tchakerian, violin and Giovanni Sollima, cello.

The Festival continues Saturday 4th June to Chiericati Palace with the second concert of Youth Project, dedicated to winner of the XXXVI Venice Award 2019, Elia Cecino. The young pianist will play some of the most famous compositions of Schumann is Liszt.

Another concert linked to Youth Project is scheduled for the next day, Sunday 5th June in the matinee, with the cellist Gabriel Melon, winner of the scholarship at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. The first part of the concert will feature pieces for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach is György Ligeti, while in the second half, in duo with the pianist Sofia Adinolfi the Chant du Ménestrel op.71 by will be performed Glazunov and the Sonata in D minor op. 40 of Shostakovich.

The day of June 5th ends at Olympic Theater with the evening concert that sees reunited Sonig Tchakerian, violin, Enrico Dindo, cello and Pietro De Maria on the piano in a program that celebrates Cesar Franck 200 years after his birth (on the lectern the Sonata for violin and piano in A major) e Alexander Zemlinsky 80 years after his death (Sonata for cello and piano in A minor). The Trio n. 1 of Shostakovich.

The 31st edition of the Musical Weeks at the Olympic Theater ends with the hat-trick of appointments scheduled for the following weekend: Friday 10 June to the Olympic Theater the piano duo Marco Sollini is Salvatore Barbatano with the reciting voice of Paola Pythagoras propose a concert dedicated to Shéhérazade. We will listen to the Suite op. 35 of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in the 4 hands piano version by the author, interspersed with 3 stories taken from the One thousand and one night.

Saturday 11 June to Chiericati Palace yes ends Youth Project, on stage the pianist Davide Ranaldi, winner of the XXXVII Venice Prize 2021 in a program that brings together pages of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov is Prokofiev.

In the end, Sunday 12 June, always a Chiericati Palace, Roberto Loreggian on the harpsichord he will play the very famous Goldberg Variations BWV 988 di Johann Sebastian Bach.


(In above, the Olympic Theater during a concert, photo © Luigi De Frenza, below the violinist and artistic director of the Musical Weeks, Sonig Tchakerian)  

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