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Piraeus Sinfonia Festival

Artistic Director: Nikos Haliassas

Rapsodia Ellenica

Friday, November 1, 2013
at 20:30

Piraeus Municipal Theatre

Orchestra di Mandolini e Chitarre "Città di Brescia"
The Athenian Mandolinata "Nicolaos Lavdas" | s |

Ugo Orlandi, Giorgos Goumenakis, concertmasters
Conductor: Claudio Mandonico

Concert Programme

  • Raffaele Calace (Napoli 1863-1934): Serenata Romantica / Bolero e Tarantella
  • Amedeo Amadei (Loreto 1866-Torino 1935): Suite Marinaresca
  • Spiro Samara (Corfù 1863 – Athens1917): Chitarrata
  • Manos Hatzidakis (Xanthi 1925 – Athens 1994): Il Concerto (from Gioconda’s smile, 1965)
  • Claudio Mandonico (b1957): Epitafio di Sicilo
  • Nicolas Lavdas (Andros 1879-Athens 1940): Rapsodia Ellenica
  • Dimitri Nicolau (Keratea 1946 – Roma 2008): Tabarin (II), in Traume (III), Summer dance (IV) (from Simple Suite, op.151)

Ugo Orlandi

Ugo Orlandi is a dominant figure in the panorama of international mandolin music.He was born in Brescia and began his music studies at the Brescia Youth Music Education Centre. He took up the mandolin at a very early age and at the same time took his diploma in trumpet at the “Cesare Pollini” Conservatory of Music in Padova, where since 1980 he has been mandolin professor. As a soloist he has taken part in concerts and tours all over the world — notably with Claudio Scimone’s “ I Solisti Veneti”, and has performed in the most prestigious festivals in Europe and America. His interest in the rediscovery of the musical world of the mandolin has led him to record various programmes many of which feature as world premiere recordings.

He has been teaching mandolin at the Academy of Music “C. Pollini” of Padua since 1980. Born in Brescia in 1958, he started his musical education at the Centro Giovanile Bresciano di Educazione Musicale of R: Messora and G. Ligasacchi playing the mandolin and the trumpet. In 1975 he started attending the mandolin course given by Giuseppe Anedda at the Academy of Music of Padua, where he also got the diploma in trumpet. His interest for the early music and the musicological research brought him to study the cornet and the natural trumpet, as well as to do research in the field of the historical repertoire for the mandolin. These interests in different areas of music have given birth to various recordings: “I Guami da Lucca”, Fonè; “Musica da camera per strumenti a pizzico di R. Calace” (Chamber music for pluck instruments by R. Calace), Fonè; “Itinerario artistico nella canzone popolare padana”- Piadena (“artistic tour in the popular songs of Pianura Padana” – Piadena), 6 Concerti per mandolino with the Solisti Aquilani, Koch-Schwann. He has been on tour with Claudio Scimone and the “Solisti Veneti” all over the world: North America, Canada, South America (Venezuela, Argentina, Brasil), Europe, Asia ( China, Hong-Kong, Singapore, South Corea, Indonesia, Japan), India, Australia; he has taken part in the Festivals of Montreaux, Edinburgh, New York (“Mostly Mozart”), Paris (“Le Prestige de la Musique”) and Salzburg. With the “Solisti Veneti” he has recorded two Cds for the ERATO containing Concerts by G.F.Giuliani, F.Lecce and the complete version of the Concerts for mandolin by A. Vivaldi.

Οrchestra di mandolini e chitarre Citta di Brescia

The orchestra “Città di Brescia” was formed in the late ’60s within the “Musical Education Youth Centre of Brescia” established by the Costantino Quaranta Mandolin Association and by Isidoro Capitanio Philarmonic Society under Giovanni Ligasacchi’s direction. In 1974, thanks to Giovanni Ligasacchi’s and Rosa Messora’s will, the orchestra became an association in order to re-evaluate the mandolin tradition through the recovery of ancient original literature and the diffusion of modern original composition. This goal was pursued with lots of Ligasacchi’s initiative back in those years. In 1976, courses on modern musical languages for plectrum orchestras were added to its activities, held by the famous player and composer Siegfried Behrend with the co-operation of Claudia Brodzinska and Wolfang Bast.

Further to teaching and research work, the Orchestra toured intensively for concerts in Italy and abroad (Kerkade in 1974 and 1978, Ferrara in 1979, Remiremont, Schweinfurt, Udine, Baden-Baden, Logroño, Athens) and organised cultural exchanges with plectrum orchestras from other countries (Sofia, Bratislava, Russian orchestra “Classic Domra”, Darmstadt). Thanks to the precious aid of its president, Giuseppe Staro, and artistic director, Ugo Orlandi (a member of the association), the orchestra commited itself to the re-evaluation of the musical heritage of mandolin organizing in 1985 for its tenth anniversary the first “National Show of pinch instruments” under the patronage of Brescia Municipality and Lombardy Region, a performance to be repeated in 1990. Important concerts followed such as those performed for the Musical Association “G. Carissimi” in Rome, Veneto Festival and the S. Carlo Theatre in Naples.

The orchestra between 1987 and 1993 co-operated with significant artistic and cultural foundations such as the Italian Mandolin Federation (3° International Composition Context for Plectrum Orchestras) and “Constantino Quaranta” (1989 at the Grande Theatre in Brescia “Brescia’s Compositors and the Plectrum Orchestra”) a collaboration which lead to a joint association in 1995. The artistic and cultural tradition which the Mandolin Association “Costantino Quaranta” inherited by the former association of our town (Apollo Circle, Mandolin Society of Brescia, Mandolin Circle of Brescia, Mandolin Circles of Ghedi and Iseo) resulted to the orchestra “Città di Brescia” committed to further the musical activity and the historical heritage of mandolin.

Claudio Mandonico

Claudio Mandonico received his early musical training at the Gioietta Paoli Centro Giovanile di Educazione Musicale, Padua. He attended various courses in early music at Urbino, The Hague and Geneva, after which he took up the double bass and obtained a diploma in composition under Giancarlo Facchinetti. He directs the City of Brescia Plectrum Orchestra and teaches score analysis and harmony in Bergamo. As a composer he has written many works, reflecting various styles from the medieval to the renaissance, and from the baroque to the contemporary.

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The festival is supported by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, as well as the NSRF (National Strategic Reference Framework) Attica 2007–2013