From February to May Animando, the music promotion centre, is presenting further events in its “eighteenth century music in Lucca” project. There’s a round table, a film, an evening of baroque dance and five concerts. Naturally there will be performances by Lucca composers such as Francesco Barsanti, Francesco Geminiani, Luigi Boccherini, with the focus on Giacomo Puccini senior, towards whose full appreciation animando’s artistic director, Silvano Pieruccini, has been working for some years. In addition, there will be works by other baroque composers such as Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Tartini, Giovan Battista Viotti, from Bologna (where Francesco Manfredini from Pistoia trained) to Tommaso Traetta from Naples. Free admission.

On Saturday, February 13th , at 9.15 pm, in the Suffragio Auditorium there’s a concert entitled
“The Baroque soloist” with violinist Christian Joseph Saccon. Alan Freiles conducts the ‘”Nuove Assonance” ensemble in a program that includes Vivaldi’s mandolin concerto in C major RV 425 with soloist Francesco Mammola, Boccherini’s cello concerto in G major G 480 with soloist Fernando Caida Greco, Viotti’s violin concerto no 16 in E minor with soloist Christian Joseph Saccon.

4) Chrstian Joseph Saccon