Santa Vittoria

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Santa Vittoria

Santa Vittoria in Matenano combines the familiar atmosphere of a small Mediterranean village with the marvellous ancient architecture of a town that once ruled the territory. Accommodation is in three ancient but recently renovated buildings. Rehearsals take place in the Palazzo Monti (built in the 17th century), the Teatro del Leone (a theatre of classical Italian style) and an ancient convent. All of them lie on the Corso that, with its bars and cafes, lets you enjoy Italian lifestyle.

Santa Vittoria provides panoramic views of the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Other destinations for excursions include beautiful cities like Urbino, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno. In the immediate surroundings of Santa Vittoria, gentle pathways invite you to go for a walk through the hills.

Coming next in Santa Vittoria:

Symphony Orchestra
14th - 23rd September 2018

Symphony Orchestra
14th - 23rd September 2018

Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Cello: Anna Litvinenko

RAVEL, Le Tombeau de Couperin
SAINT-SAËNS, Cello Concerto No. 1
FARRENC, Symphony No. 3

DISCOVERY TOUR: The 19th-century French composer Louise Farrenc had remarkable success at her times with her 3rd Symphony, written in 1847, and is now about to be rediscovered and listed on the concert programmes of well known orchestras. A rich and colourful symphony comparable to the works of Farrenc’s contemporary colleagues Mendelssohn and Schumann. For Farrenc, the ideals were clarity of thought and structure, compression and concision of expressive power, and the creation of a genuinely symphonic momentum.

Louise Farrenc also was a famous Professor of Piano – and as such an early fighter for equal pay! – at the Paris Conservatory and therefor most probably her paths crossed those of Camille Saint-Saëns who studied piano at the same place and time. Much later in1872 at the age of 37 he writes his Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. Here, for once, is a violoncello concerto in which the solo instrument displays every register without the slightest difficulty in penetrating the orchestra. The soloist is kept in the dramatic and musical foreground, the orchestra offering a shimmering backdrop. The music is tremendously demanding for soloists, especially in the fast third section.

The youngest of the three French compositions assembled in this programme is Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. “The dead are sad enough in their eternal silence.” This was Ravel’s explanation of the almost childlike world of colour and joyful, elegant ambivalence of this work written between 1914 and 1917 and dedicated to the memory of friends lost on the battlefield. With Le Tombeau (meaning tomb / memorial) de Couperin Ravel also intended to pay homage to Couperin and the style and ambiance of eighteenth century French keyboard suites (Ravel orchestrated the suite only later). The movements are based on popular Baroque dances.

Arrival of the participants in Santa Vittoria

rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner. Rehearsals in the afternoon might sometimes be scheduled if needed. Instruction by the coaches will be given on the first three days.

In the afternoons, if no rehearsals are scheduled you can explore the surrounding of Santa Vittoria or just enjoy the peace and quiet of the place. There will be optional extra trips arranged to local places of interest.

A day off, no rehearsals are scheduled. At the request of the participants we can organize various excursions, that might include: An outing to the beautiful historical towns of Ascoli Piceno and Fermo; a day out at the seaside or a hiking tour through the wonderful Sibillian Mountains.

In the evening we will have our final concert.


Ravel: 2[1.2/pic] 2[1.2/Eh] 2 2 — 2 1 0 0 — hp — str
Saint-Saëns: 2 2 2 2 — 2 2 0 0 — tmp — str
Farrenc: 2 2 2 2 — 2 1 0 0 — tmp — str

Conductor is Cayenna Ponchione who will also lead the section rehearsals for the winds. Solo cello and coach cello: Anna Litvinenko . Coach violins: Rodrigo Bauzá . The names of the other coaches for the string sections will be released soon.

Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

The participants will be accommodated at Hotel Farfense (3 stars), Palazzo Monti and Casa Gloria in double rooms, all with private toilet. A limited number of single rooms is also available.

Catering is provided by the regionally renowned kitchen of Hotel Farfense. The cook Daniela Funari will coddle you with local dishes including home made pasta.

A pick up service is provided from the nearest airports and long distance train stations Ancona and Pescara. Also a flight to Rome with a connecting bus service directly from the airport into the region should be considered. Please ask us about details, we are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

865,- € including accommodation, meals and instruction. For the single room we charge a supplement of 130,- €. Not included are travel expenses, pick up service from Ancona and Pescara (a maximum of 20,- € is charged each way) and expenses on excursions.

If you wish to book this programme kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A down payment of 150, € is due at the time we confirm your booking, the rest six weeks before the programme starts.

Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to two month before there were insufficient bookings. We would refund everything you had paid to us. We do not refund your travel expenses if you had booked your trip (for example flights or trains) prior to our confirmation of the programme.

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