Cortona and Viareggio–Festivals under the Tuscan Sun

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By katiegreenaway on July 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

By Mary Jane Cryan author of  Travels to Tuscany  & Northern Lazio and founder of Elegant Etruria: Cultural Holidays in Italy. Enjoy her post on these upcoming festivals around Tuscany.

For the 8th year running, the first week of August will see the Tuscan hill town of Cortona bursting with music, art and talent.   Author  Frances Mayes, who acts as President of the Festival , will be on hand as well as Sting, Joshua Bell ,  Nina Kotova   and other world class musicians.  It will be a family affair with Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler conducting wellness sessions during the week and Edward Mayes debuting with a poetry and art show.

Frances Mayes

Barrett Wissman, founder of the weeklong musical festival, believes that finding new talents is perhaps the most important part of the Festival since it represents the future.

American Ballet Theater at Tuscan Sun Festival 2009

This year’s Cortona Tuscan Sun Festival (July 30-August 6) will feature several young musicians. Veteran actor Charles Dance will be accompanied by 16-year old violinist Chad Hoopes along with the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentina playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Chad Hoopes

Other child prodigies include young English pianist  Oliver Poole and Anthony Arcaini, a 16 year old director and composer.

Charles Dance

Viareggio, the Tuscan seaside town famous for its winter carnival, turns the first days of August into a summer carnival.  The beach promenade will be enlivened with sports events, shows and the huge carnival floats will be on view along with music and costume parades from August  1-5.

Master of Puppets by cidibee

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