On August 30th Serchio delle Muse presents a recital "Italian Evening" with baritone Bruno Caproni and pianist Julien Evans. They are two exceptionally talented artists. The recital will take place in the Conference Room of the BVLG Bank, Gramolazzo, at 9.00 pm. The small town of Gramolazzo is located on the edge of Gramolazzo lake, 1 kilometer long. It is an artificial lake built in the 19th century to supply hydroelectricity. It is an area known for its gastronomy, abundance of flora and fauna and for water points and excursions. The second concert will take place at the Villa Collemandina theatre at 9.00 pm. It presents the voices of the Serchio choir conducted by Ugo Menconi and there will be popular songs inspired by Alpine traditions and the world. Villa Collemandina has been inhabited since Etruscan times and was the home of the Apuans until they were conquered by the Romans in 180 BC. In 1430 it passed into the hands of the Este family and remained under their control until the Italian reunification. Between 1803 and 1806 the municipality of Villa Collemandina was founded. Initially there was a castle on the hill, but it was replaced by a church with cloisters adorned with 16 sandstone columns. Inside the parish church there are two marble altars by Nicola Civitali from 1533 and a recently restored wooden triptych. Nature lovers can go for walks in the Orecchiella Park or in the Pania di Corfino botanical gardens.
This week the Serchio delle Muse presents a rare opportunity to listen to traditional Neapolitan music shows. The Via Toledo Classic ensemble performs the most famous and popular songs, which express the feelings and hopes of Neapolitans of all social levels. The tenor Roberto Iuliano leads the group. Musicians play with passion and joy and it is a pleasure to listen to them. There are three shows, the first on August 23 is in the medieval city of Castiglione. Surrounded by walls built in the thirteenth century, which have two large towers, Castiglione contains the church of San Pietro, built in 723 and largely rebuilt in the twelfth century, and the church of San Michele built in the fourteenth century. Walk to the stands in the city, come to a cemetery, where you see how many young people from this area lost their lives on the Russian front during the Second World War. The concert will be held in the central square and starts at 9.00 pm. The second concert will be held in the serene and peaceful park of the convent of Sant'Elisabetta and the cloister and church of San Francesco, in Borgo a Mozzano on August 24 at 9.00 pm. The large arched cloisters present a series of frescoes depicting the life of San Francesco and were painted by Domenico Manfredi between 1635 and 1637. The church of San Francesco was built in 1523. The buildings are now the headquarters of the Misericordia di Borgo in Mozzano under the direction of the extremely capable Gabrielle Brunini. The third concert will be held in Camporgiano in Piazza San Giacomo at 21.00 on Sunday 25 August. Located in a valley that divides the mountain range of the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, the various villages that make up the city still maintain a medieval urban plan. The highlight of Camporgiano is the fortress of the Rocca Estense, a citadel overlooking the main square of the city. In the upper part of the citadel there is a suspended garden. The citadel is an example of extensive military architecture of the fifteenth century with walls, trapezoidal plan and conical corner towers. Imogen McNamara