Musical Landscapes in Tuscany is a classical music festival which features performances by great artists of international fame taking place in various venues of the Val d'Orcia, an area known as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. In this part of Tuscany, the landscapes represent the fusion of nature's incomparable beauty and man's most inspirational artistic achievements, creating a harmony comparable to a great master's musical score.
San Quirico d'Orcia is an exceptionally beautiful town, located along the Via Francigena, the route historically used by Christian pilgrims traveling to Rome from the north. San Quirico's historical center is evidence of a rich artistic and cultural history dating back over a thousand years. The Church of the Collegiata, the Pieve di S. Maria, the Palazzo Chigi, the Horti Leonini gardens and the medieval thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni comprise the splendid venues for our concerts.
San Quirico and its surrounding areas are known for monuments and landscapes of great beauty which have become symbols of Tuscany that are appreciated throughout the world. It is in these places, surrounded by Val d'Orcia's extraordinary vistas, that we will hold our concerts and accompanying gastronomical events, giving participants the opportunity to taste the excellent local wines and to sample dishes representing the greatest Tuscan culinary traditions. San Quirico is in the heart of an area that produces natural cured meats and cheeses, olive oil of the highest quality in the world and wine renowned internationally such as Brunello di Montalcino, il Nobile di Montepulciano, and l'Orcia D.O.C.
San Quirico is the headquarters of the Parco Artistico Naturale e Culturale della Val d'Orcia (Val d'Orcia Natural Park) which has been named a World Heritage Center by UNESCO.
There is nothing more inspirational than listening to great music in some of the most beautiful settings in the world.
Musical Landscapes in Tuscany offers an opportunity to do just that. From the chamber music literature, you will listen to the music of Bach, Beethoven, Haydn Mozart, Piazzolla, Schumann, Vivaldi and other creative giants.
The festival will open on August 16 in the beautiful Giardini Nilde Iotti featuring the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica with our new co-artistic director, Ariana Kim performing the Four Seasons by Astor Piazzolla and will continue on August 17 with a piano recital with the US based Italian pianist, Roberto Plano, professor at the prestigious Indiana University. This edition of the festival will highlight a series of performances that promise to be of extraordinary artistic value and variety. Paesaggi Musicali Toscani 2019 will feature the return of the tenor Marco Beasley and the Quartetto Indaco. The traditional evening in the hilltop village of Vignoni will take place on August 19 with a concert performed by the world famous soprano, Roberta Invernizzi accompanied by Franco Pavan. preceded by a sunset dinner. A very important event will be that of August 20, with the recital of the world renowned cellist and pianist Enrico Bronzi and Filippo Gamba. After opening the festival with the Four Seasons by Piazzolla, the festival also will feature the Four Seasons by Vivaldi performed by the Follia Barocca with Enrico Casazza and Marcello Scandelli. The closing concert will be a performance by the Santa Cecilia and Concertgebouw Wind Quintet at the church of San Simeone.
The memorable musical moments of the festival will be created by some of the world's great artists performing on the stages of San Quirico and other sites throughout the Val d'Orcia in Southern Tuscany. There will be concerts given by musicians who have graced the world's most illustrious concert halls and recorded for the most important recording labels for decades as well as younger performers who have recently won international competitions.
The festival will feature musicians coming from Italy, the USA, France, Switzerland, the Ukraine, Taiwan, Bulgaria and Japan.
Musical Landscapes in Tuscany is an event organized by the municipality of San Quirico d'Orcia, in collaboration with the cultural association "Musica Insieme”.