2014 was a very important year in the history of the Dino Ciani Festival in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a festival that boasts of a long tradition. A deep reorganization which has had gratifying results has begun. This enables us to look forward to the future with confidence. We are aware to have created great anticipation for the upcoming editions, and are writing to give you a preview of what is in store for 2015.
To begin (as promised), 2015 will include a brief, but intense, Winter Edition (the first ever) of our Festival which will take place in Cortina from 15 to 21 February 2015. As always, the program will be rich and diversified:
Music: Sunday, 15 February at 9.00 p.m., a vocal and instrumental concert by Giorgio Benati and the Schola Cantorum will be held in the Basilica SS. Filippo and Giacomo (organized in collaboration with “Una Montagna di Libri”); Wednesday, 18 February, at 9.00 p.m., there will be a chamber music concert with music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, performed by the Quartetto Eco, at the Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum; Friday, 20 February, at 9.00 p.m., the music section of the Festival will close with a concert played by our artistic director, Jeffrey Swann, with music by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin (at the Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum).
Cinema: The Festival pays homage to François Truffaut, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of his premature passing. A great master of French cinema, Truffaut made audiences dream with his delicate love stories and with his poetic representation of youth and adolescence. The highlight of these screenings will be on Thursday, 19 February, at 9.00 p.m., when the renowned cinema critic, Maurizio Porro (from the Corriere della Sera) will introduce the restored version of The 400 Blows, the masterpiece that launched Truffaut into the international cinema scene. Furthermore, on Wednesday, 18 February, and Friday, 20 February, at 4.00 p.m., two other masterpieces by the French master will be shown: The Woman Next Door and Day for Night.
Theatre: Corrado Tedeschi is back in Cortina, after having participated in last summer’s Festival by reading letters written by Cortina d’Ampezzo’s soldiers and the works of famous authors inspired by the Great War.Saturday, 20 February, at 9.00 p.m., at the Alexander Girardi Hall, he will perform an extraordinary original show titled The Man Who Loved Women, inspired by the namesake of Truffaut’s film. The show, which will also be performed at the Franco Parenti Theatre in Milan in the upcoming days, is a mix of comedy, music and poetry, in which our protagonist shares his story and his limitless love for the women’s universe.
Children workshops: The Festival would undoubtedly be incomplete without a workshop for children, as younger audiences are always welcome. The workshop, entitled In Punta di Note, will be led by Servizi Educativi dei Musei delle Regole. It will take place on Friday, 20 February, at 5.00 p.m., at the Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum. The idea is to bring the museum’s paintings to life: sounds to see, colors to hear, landscapes to escape into…
Presentation conference on the Summer 2015 Edition: Finally, on Friday, 20 February, before Maestro Swann’s concert at the Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum, we will present the Summer Edition of the Dino Ciani Festival, with all of the program details.
At this stage in time, we can only reveal that America will be our theme for inspiration, with its long XX century’s musical tradition (Ives, Barber, Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, without forgetting jazz, musicals, etc.). Amongst the great musicians who will join us, we can only reveal the participation of the great jazz pianist Chick Corea.
We look forward to seeing you in February and hope you will support our special effort to bring great music and culture to Cortina by joining the Amici del Festival Association.
I take the occasion to wish you and your families – in the name of the whole board and staff of the Festival too – our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.