L’Ora di Barga. Omaggio a Giovanni Pascoli con le musiche di Michael Stimpson
Il prossimo 14 ottobre (ore 21,15) presso il teatro dei Differenti si terrà “L’Ora di Barga. Omaggio a Giovanni Pascoli”, evento inserito negli appuntamenti ufficiali del centenario e che vedrà la presentazione di uno speciale progetto musicale con musiche scritte per e su Pascoli dal Maestro Michael Stimpson. Il tutto sotto la direzione artistica di Massimo Salotti.
Saranno eseguite anche musiche di Giacomo Puccini e ci saranno oltre alla musica, presentata da Giacomo Brunini alla chitarra ed il nostro Massimo Salotti al pianoforte, il “Belcanto” , con il soprano bargo-cinese Sally Li ed il tenore Enrico Nenci. Non mancherà naturalmente la poesia pascoliana e non solo quella con Massimo Grigò quale voce recitante.
L’evento vede il patrocinio del
Comune di Barga, della Fondazione Pascoli ed il supporto tecnico di Venti d’Arte.
The date for the Italian concert of Michael’s work has been confirmed as the 14th October. The concert, part of Barga’s Pascoli celebrations, will take place in the Teatro dei Differenti and feature a performance of the song cycle Dall’Alba Al Tramonto for tenor and piano and a new work specially commissioned for the occasion, a setting of Pascoli’s L’Ora di Barga for soprano and piano.
Michael Stimpson began his writing with music for the guitar, notably Café Music, (Ricordi) and Five Miniatures (OUP). His first major chamber work was Sonatina for Piano Trio premièred at the Purcell Room by the Dussek Piano Trio, and this was followed in 1999 by his Concerto for Oboe (QEH, John Anderson oboe, London Festival Orchestra).
Since then his works have continued to be commissioned and performed by some of the UK’s leading players; these include the Allegri String Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, English Concert Singers and Orchestra, Sioned Williams, Paul Agnew, Roderick Williams and David Campbell.
Michael was subsequently invited to join the jury of the Franz Liszt International Competition for Composers held in Italy and his works have now appeared in the USA, Europe and Iran. Performance of a new commission for the Bristol Bach Choir began 2008, Michael’s 60th year. Two works for the Allegri String Quartet were released shortly before his birthday concert at London’s Purcell Room. 2009 saw premières of a four-stage work, Age of Wonders, which commemorated the life and work of Charles Darwin. Concerts included the Wigmore Hall, Peninsula Arts Festival, and Darwin, Australia with Philippe Graffin, Elizabeth Burley, the Maggini Quartet, London Sinfonietta, and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Michael is currently working on his first opera, based on the life of Jesse Owens, and has a number of projects lined up for 2012 and beyond.