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On Monday, August the 1st, the Festival features, inside the Teatro Signorelli, in the heart of Cortona, the opening concert of the legendary pianist Martha Argerich. The performance focuses on Argentinian tango and more exactly on its variations by composers such as Ginastera, Piazzolla and Bacalov. She will be accompanied by Argentinian friends such as Luis Bacalov himself, Rafael Gintoli, Nestor Marconi and Eduardo Hubert.
An opportunity not to be missed.
On August the 4th Hollywood superstars Sharon Stone and Jeremy Irons are going to be the interpreters of the performance Nocturne: Seduction, Smoke and Music – The love story of Chopin and George Sand. about the relationship between Chopin and Sand over a decade, from the very beginning to the writer’s final motherly role of Chopin. The reading of their love letters is intermingled by dance and music, in fact Nina Kotova, renown cellist and co-founder of Tuscan Sun Festival, will join the performance.
Other concerts with distinguished artists follow. The violinist Pinchas Zuckerman, the cellist Amanda Forsyth and Italian flutist Andrea Griminelli, conducted by Montanaro will play on Tuesday the 2nd of August Mozart and Tchaikovski. It is worthwhile remembering the violinist Michael Guttman presenting Schubert and the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes playing Beethoven . On the closing night the classical and baroque arias by the soprano Danielle de Niese .
But the festival is not only music.
The region’s deeply rooted tradition of wine, stepping back into Etruscan times, will be highlighted by special celebrations. On the opening night, July Saturday 30th 2011, James Suckling, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of the Wine Spectator has planned ,together with the local top winemakers, tastings, lectures and a final gorgeous dinner at the Relais Il Falconiere, Cortona, a Michelin- starred restaurant whose backdrop takes the visitor back to the glorious landscapes of the best Renaissance painters. Let’s remember other wine tasting tours by the Wine Consortium of Cortona but above all the glamorous gala dinners hosted both in the Ferragamo family estate, Il Borro, Cortona and in the Tenimenti d’Alessandro estate in the nearby Manzano .
As to visual arts section this year Cortona welcomes the photographer Fabrizio Ferri’s Hidden Music, which proposes a suggestive synthesis between photography and classical ballet, that is as -he says – the music hidden inside the silence of photography. These images represent the feeling and soul of dance in some of the most significant classical ballets. On Monday, the 1st of August Daniel Buren’s installation Walk on Water: Work in Situ will be unveiled at Borgo Syrah-Tenimenti D’Alessandro. This year Cortona is celebrating the internationally acclaimed and most relevant contemporary artist born in Boulogne-Billancourt, whose name conjures up Les Deux Plateaux , more commonly known as the “Buren’s Columns” in Palais Royal, Paris, where the artist, controversially, integrates contemporary art inside historical buildings.
Cortona has not forgotten wellness thanks to the dance lessons of Anne-Marie Morison, the Tai Chi sessions of Lucia Dalbon and Yoga and Pilates Class of Trudie Styler, a recurrently active supporter, with her husband the rock star Sting, of Tuscan Sun Festival and of Tuscan lifestyle.
It is worthwhile a journey.