Proceeds to Benefit the Music School “Giuseppe Sarti” Benefit Concert in Ravenna

16 Jun 2023 – Given the recent catastrophic flooding in Italy, Anne-Sophie Mutter and all the members of Mutter’s Virtuosi will waive their fees for the concert on June 22 at the Ravenna Festival. The audience will be admitted for free. The fee originally agreed upon will be donated to the Municipal Music School “Giuseppe Sarti” in Faenza, which was badly damaged by the floods.

“I have a deep love for the Romagna,” says Anne-Sophie Mutter, “since my teenage days I frequently visited Ravenna and Cesena with my beloved teacher Aida Stucki and her husband Giuseppe Piraccini who was from this region. And I want to bring music, love, and empathy to the wonderful people of this beautiful area of Italy. My fabulous Virtuosi and I are hugely looking forward to sharing a musical embrace with all of you.”

During their benefit concert on June 22, Anne-Sophie Mutter and her Virtuosi will play two works by J. S. Bach, his Violin Concerto No. 1 in A-minor and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G-major. They will also perform the Italian premiere of the Nonet by André Previn and the Concerto in F-major for 3 Violins, String Orchestra and Basso Continuo by Antonio Vivaldi, and the Concerto in A-major Op. 5 No. 2 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges.

“The example of Maestro Muti and the experience of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini have profoundly sensitized us to the ethical aspects of music-making and the importance of passing this message on to a new generation of musicians,” thus the director of the Ravenna Festival, Superintendent Antonio De Rosa, and its artistic directors Angelo Nicastro and Franco Masotti, “and therefore we are especially delighted to welcome such an extraordinary violinist as Anne-Sophie Mutter alongside younger artists whom her foundation is helping to educate to the Ravenna Festival. Now, after floods which will affect our economic, social and also cultural circumstances for a long time, the understanding and support these artists are offering makes us grateful and gives us hope for the future. The great lesson is: music means relationships, exchange, solidarity, in short: generosity. Thank you, Anne-Sophie Mutter and all Mutter’s Virtuosi!”

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