WSMR Listener Wins a Trip to Tuscany 2018
Follow Lynne Marriott on Her Trip to Tuscany
During the WSMR Winter Campaign participants were entered into a drawing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, to be VIP guests at the classical music festival, Musical Landscapes in Tuscany.
Follow the drawing winner, Lynne Marriott, as she shares her experience with us of this exhilarating trip to Italy.
A Trip of a Lifetime
The strangest thing is happening to me in a place where history lives, music is timeless and food unforgettable. I embarked upon this journey with a promise to share the adventure with the WSMR family of music lovers. Having submerged myself in it all for several days, I’m up for air - and a dispatch from musical Eden.
First, the festival- Musical Landscapes in Tuscany. Organizers have gathered, as one enthusiast proclaimed, “the best of the best” from Italy, the USA, Spain, France, Israel, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, Slovakia, Japan and Australia. Programming is a 10 day tapestry of virtuoso performances set in remarkable spaces.
On opening night, the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica, was joined by renowned mandolin player (and Grammy nominee!) Avi Avital to combine Tchaikovsky with the newer music of Avner Dorman’s Concert for Mandolin. Strings, strings and more strings. What’s not to love?
Friday evening brought a buffet of Barber, Debussy and Schubert served up by Quartetto di Cremona and world renowned chamber pianist Stephen Swedish and Davide Vittone, bass. Two encores? Three? It is a joy to be in the presence of such gifts. But still more to come…
Saturday brought not one, but two concerts in Palazzo Chigi, the core of the village of San Quirico d’Orcia. The Trio de Parma combined Liszt and Beethoven with exciting pieces by the less well-known Austrian Wellesz.
Last night was an adventure in more than music as we made our way to the top of the rock - the 13th century church of San Simeone perched atop the Rocca d’Orcia. Pouring rain was the prelude to a chamber concert enriched by Margret Köll, harp, and Judith Huber violin. Lightning and thunder surrounding us couldn’t compete with their music.
Ciao for now,
Snapshots from Lynne's Trip
Tuscan delights at Antica Sosta Bed and Breakfast- breakfast goodies and Clarissa’s homemade ‘table of temptations!’ More hiking is in order.
I feel lucky to share a moment with world renowned pianist (and US Cultural Ambassador) Stephen Swedish on the terrace at Vignoni.