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LacMus Festival 2021

LacMus Festival, the great international music festival held in summer in Tremezzina, on Lake Como, will be held this year from July 8 to 18.

The fifth edition of LacMus Festival, the great international music festival in Tremezzina, on the
Lake Como, will be held from July 8 to 18 and has in store interesting news, both among the locations of the concerts that in the artistic and musical program.

In addition to the traditional – and always wonderful – venues of the Festival in Tremezzina, such as Villa Carlotta, Villa del Balbianello, Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine di Ossuccio (Unesco site), Grand Hotel Tremezzo, this year LacMus will land in fact on the opposite shore of the lake for a concert in the splendid Villa Melzi d’Eril in Bellagio.
Moreover, for the first time, on July 10th it will host an extraordinary concert with orchestra no less than on the Comacina Island (the only island on Lake Como) together with the two artistic directors of the Festival, pianist Louis Lortie and the conductor Paolo Bressan.

But it will be above all the edition of the celebrations because many are the anniversaries that will be remembered in this year’s program.

Starting from the opening day of the Festival, July 8 at Villa Carlotta, which will offer three concerts (at 11:00 am, at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm) in the piano marathon “Angels and Demons” in homage to the 700 years since the birth of Dante. Also this year the “silent wi-fi experience” that last year was met with great enthusiasm by the public is renewed great enthusiasm from the public: the concerts at Villa Carlotta will be listenable in part live, sitting in front of the musicians.
live, sitting in front of the musicians, and partly via wi-fi headphones, while visiting the park or the rooms of the museum.
The protagonists of the first two concerts of the marathon will be the young artists of the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel of Belgium, while for the evening concert there will be the American pianist Andrew von Oeyen.
Also dedicated to Dante will be the piano recital “Après une lecture du Dante” by Louis Lortie on July 15 at Villa Melzi d’Eril.
July 15 at Villa Melzi d’Eril at Bellagio, with readings taken from the Divine Comedy.

The second major celebration will be “Isola Comacina 100°“, dedicated to the 100 years since the return of Comacina Island to Italy by the King of Belgium, an anniversary which actually fell in 2020 but which it was not possible to commemorate due to the fact that the island was returned to Italy.
was not possible to remember because of the Covid. The best place for these celebrations could only be the same be the Isola Comacina itself, which will host on July 9 an opera gala with the young artists of the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel, the baritone bar in the town.
Elizabeth Music Chapel, the Russian baritone Roman Burdenko and the tenor Jonathan Tetelman; at the opening Opening Act by singer-songwriter Davide Van De Sfroos, who has composed a song especially for the celebrations.
On July 10 on the Island there will be a symphonic gala with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi” conducted by Paolo Bressan and the pianist Louis Lortie (both artistic directors of the Festival).

On July 11, Villa Balbianello will host a double celebration: one for the hundredth anniversary of the death of the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns and the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Argentine musician Astor Piazzolla, with the strings of the Trio Arnold and the participation of Argentinian bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman.

Original proposals in the program in the following days, from the concert of music of the Russian Orthodox liturgy Orthodox liturgy on July 16th with the Doros Vocal Sextet of Moscow at the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Ossuccio, reachable only on foot with a pleasant panoramic climb, to the event “The Carnival of the Animals” dedicated to families and children in the Piazzetta of Ossuccio.
dedicated to families and children in the Piazzetta of Lenno on July 17, to the concert at dawn for harp and violin at the violin at the Rotonda del Parco in Mezzegra on July 18, followed by a yoga session and breakfast offered to all participants.

The grand finale, as has become a tradition for LacMus, at the scenic Grand Hotel Tremezzo with a exceptional protagonist: the accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano.

Further enriching the Festival by celebrating other important anniversaries will be the exhibition “Arthur Schnabel and his family. Stories of musicians in Tremezzina, Lake Como” -, set up at the at the Museo del Paesaggio del Lago di Como in Tremezzina (CO) and promoted by the Municipality of Tremezzina in collaboration with the Association Ars Aeterna and the Schnabel Music Foundation with the contribution of loans from private collections and unpublished documents from Italian historical archives (among which that of the Municipality of Tremezzina).
For the first time – and on the occasion of two anniversaries that will fall in 2021: the 70th anniversary of the death of Artur Schnabel, and the 20th anniversary of the death of his son Karl Ulrich Schnabel – the exhibition will illustrate and narrate the human and artistic life of a family of musicians.
and artistic life of a family of musicians who, starting with Artur, have intertwined personal stories and stories full of admiration and interest in Tremezzina, the territory and its inhabitants.
The exhibition will be open from July 1 to September 26.

In response to the needs of social distancing the artistic direction has studied specific solutions for each location, in order to ensure the highest level of safety to the public.
The concerts will take place outdoors and will be presented without intermission.

LacMus Festival is organized by the Musical and Cultural Association “Ars Aeterna” with the support the Municipality of Tremezzina, of the American Friends of LacMus Festival, of private donors private donors, and with the collaboration of the Cappella Musicale Regina Elisabetta of Belgium.

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