For the third consecutive year the Gulf of Poets hosts the Suoni dal Golfo Festival: 21 concerts in the beautiful towns of Lerici, San Terenzo and Tellaro.
After illustrious and unforgettable poets and composers such as George Sand, De Musset, Shelley, Byron, D.H. Lawrence and Wagner, a close friend and conductor, Gianluca Marcianò, gave life to the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in his Lerici.
In 2017, together with the Russian violist Maxim Novikov, Gianluca founded the Orchestra Excellence, a perfection residency for selected young musicians who, sharing the stage with established artists, have an extraordinary opportunity for educational and professional growth.
The program of the Suoni dal Golfo Festival
The program includes two weeks of great music, from August 10 to 24, in exceptional locations, between the sea and colorful villages.
Opening Grand Gala, August 10
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: music from the award-winning film Capernaum, in the presence of composer and pianist Khaled Mouzanar and director Nadine Labaki. With Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi at the bandoneon and the Orchestra Excellence. Conducted by Gianluca Marcianò.
At 6 pm, at the Hotel Shelley and delle Palme in Lerici: Cafarno, cinema committed to social change, Nadine Labaki in conversation with Maya Jaggi.
At 6.30 pm, at the Church of San Terenzo: SaxIVSeasoning, ExclusIVe Saxophone Quartet in Le Quattro Stagioni. Music by A. Piazzolla.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: concert in memory of Katya Tsukanova (2002-2019)
At 9 pm, at the oratorio en Salaa in Tellaro: Aitne Quartet, music by J. Haydn, F. Schubert and W. A. Mozart with violinist Donata Piazza, violist Simone Paradiso, cellist Elena Sciamarelli and oboist Marco Ciampa.
At 6 pm, at the Hotel Shelley and delle Palme in Lerici: Paul Guiragossian, refugee artist of the human condition. Guiragossian Manuella speaks with Maya Jaggi.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: evening dedicated to Belcanto with the soprano Venera Gimadieva and the Orchestra Excellence. Conducted by Gianluca Marcianò.
At 8.30 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Mr. Bach’s Journey in Europe, with Andrea Bacchetti on the piano. Music by J.S. Bach. Event organized in collaboration with Serate Musicali di Milano.
At 10.30 pm: Tribute to Khaled al Assad, guardian of beauty, hero of Palmyra. „Khaled“ (absolute first performance), directed by Angelo Tonelli, music by Oliviero Lacagnina, lyrics by Vinicio Ceccarini, narrator by Daniele Ceccarini and Angelo Tonelli, composer and singer Phoskaiskià Paola Polito, dancer Annalisa Maggiani, images by Giuliano Gennari and video by Daniele Ceccarini.
At 6 pm, at the Hotel Shelley and delle Palme in Lerici: Music of Hope, Marcelo Bratke converses with Boyd Tonkin
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: L’invitation au voyage, with the actor Marco Gambino, Marcelo Bratke at the piano and the video projections by Mariannita Luzzati.
Mid-August Grand Gala, August 15
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Orchestra Excellence, Miriam Prandi, piano and cello, Ana de la Vega, flute, Darko Briek, clarinet, Pablo Urbina, conductor and other surprise guests.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Rhapsody for Europe, Pain and greatness of the Abbot Liszt with Gregorio Moppi, narrator, Alberto Bologni, violin and Giuseppe Bruno, piano.
At 6 pm, at the Hotel Shelley and delle Palme in Lerici: from the blues of Beirut to the Italian Riviera. Hanan al-Shaykh speaks with Maya Jaggi.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: All’Italia – Giuseppe Guarrera, YCAT artist. Music by D. Scarlatti, J.S. Bach / F.Busoni, F. Liszt, F. Liszt / Paganini, L. Berio.
At 6 pm, at the Hotel Shelley and delle Palme in Lerici: Voices of Freedom. Ben Okri converses with Boyd Tonkin.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Chamber music concert, with Sergej Krylov, violin, Maxim Novikov, viola, Miriam Prandi, cello, Klaudia Baca, double bass, Ana de la Vega, flute, Lone Madsen, clarinet, Vitaly Pisarenko , piano. Music by F. Schubert, M. Glinka, M. Bruch.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: P. I. Tchaikovsky Evening, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major. op.35 and Sinfonia n ° 5 in mi min. op. 64 – the Orchestra Excellence and Sergej Krylov on the violin.Conducted by Gianluca Marcianò.
At 9.00 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Singing and Piano Recital – Vincenzo Costanzo, tenor, Gianluca Marcianò, piano. Music by F. P. Tosti, P. Mascagni, V. Bellini, C. A. Bixio and A. De Curtis.
At 6.30 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Spotlight on a Young Musician – Nicolas Salloum, piano. Music by L. V. Beethoven, R. Schumann, F. Chopin.
At 9.30 pm, at the Castle of Lerici: Evening and dinner reserved for the sponsors and patrons of the Festival. The violinist Ksenia Milas plays the 24 Capricci for solo violin op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini.
At 6 pm, at the Hotel Shelley and delle Palme in Lerici: Inspired by Lerici. David Winkler converses with Boyd Tonkin.
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: M. Bruch, Kol Nidrei op. 47 – F. Liszt, Concerto No. 2 in the major for piano and orchestra, S 125 – D. Winkler, Sinfonia no. 4 „Lerici“ (absolute first performance), with Samar Talaat Hafez on double bass, Vitaly Pisarenko on piano. Conducted by Gianluca Marcianò.
At 8.30 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: The Great Beauty – Maxim Novikov on the viola, Herta Hansena on the piano. Music by N. Rota, F. Schubert, A. Pärt, P. Karmanov, C. Reinecke and R. Di Marino.
At 10.30 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: VesuviOperaJazz with the tenor Vincenzo Costanzo. A fantastic new sound. Is it jazz? Is it opera? Opera arias like you’ve never heard them before!
At 8.30 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Traveling with Rossini & Paganini – with Luigi Maio, musician. Gianluca Marcianò, director, directs. Event with the patronage of the Paganini Genoa Festival and in collaboration with the Carlo Felice theater.
At 10.30 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Aleph and his band – Lebanese Music Sensation. A combination of worlds‘ sounds.
To book both paid and free tickets to all events, click on the following link: BOOK YOUR TICKET
August 27, a special concert, in memory of the victims of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa
At 9 pm, at the Rotonda Vassallo: Extraordinary concert – R. Di Marino – Concerto for viola and orchestra (first performance), with Maxim Novikov, viola – J. Sibelius – Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, op. 47, with Anna Tifu, violin – W. A. Mozart – Requiem K626, with Maria Koryagova, soprano, Sofia Tumanyan, contralto, Bechara Moufarrej, tenor, Laurence Meikle, bass. Choir of the Teatro Carlo Felice directed by Maestro Francesco Aliberti and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Maestro Gianluca Marcianò. In collaboration with the Carlo Felice Theater Foundation of Genoa.
You can book your ticket for this special event from August 1st.
How to get to Lerici
Unfortunately public transport from Levanto to Lerici is not as efficient nor quick and I recommend you drive your own car, especially since these are evening events.
Specifically, I recommend a panoramic journey along the coastal road that connects the Sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre and a faster return on the motorway, with entry in La Spezia and exit in Carrodano-Levanto.
There is always someone at the reception and you can come and go from the garage when you wish!