From February to May Animando, the music promotion centre, is presenting further events in the “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 Friday, March 25th (Good Friday) at 9.45 pm in the Church of San Frediano (in collaboration with Lucca Parish) within the liturgy commemorating Christ’s crucifixion there will be music from St. Bach’s St Matthew Passion: the chorale “O Capo insanguinato” and the final chorale “Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder”. There’s also Traetta’s (1727-1779) “Stabat Mater” for soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra.
Soprano: Alessandra Rossi – mezzo soprano Laura Masini
Tenor: Claudio Sassetti – Bass Nicola Gerbi
Baroque Choir,directed by Silvano Pieruccini
“Nuove assonanze” ensemble
Conductor Alan Freiles

4) chiesa di S. Frediano