You are very welcome to Venice!
THE VENICE MANDOLIN FESTIVAL INVITES:
Music lovers and amateur players of mandolin, mandola and guitar of all levels, mandolin & guitar orchestras, professional soloists and conductors from all over the world to enjoy great music and art in Venice in the spring 2023.
DO YOU AND YOUR MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA WANT TO PLAY IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES?
Please, come to Venice and play concerts in churches and palaces! Or play Verdi and Puccini in a big mandolin orchestra in a Venetian palace during a gala evening in the spirit of The Carnival of Venice. In the spring of 2023, we will open a new and unique Mandolin Festival in Venice for everyone who loves playing mandolin, mandola and guitar. Venice Mandolin Festival arranges an entire concert festival and invites mandolin orchestras from all over the world to exchange concerts and cultural exchanges between different countries. Do you want to take part in this exciting mandolin project and create international friendships and powerful musical experiences? In that case, contact us and we will tell you more about how this festival works. Everyone is welcome to join this friendly and fine musical community!
PLEASE, COME YOURSELF AND PLAY IN THE VENICE MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA!
We also arrange concerts in The Venice Mandolin Festival with a project mandolin orchestra consisting of individual mandolin, mandola and guitar players, small groups or merged orchestras. The project orchestra, here called - Venice Mandolin Festival Orchestra - is open to everyone.
EXAMPLES OF REPERTORY: BAROQUE, CLASSIC, OPERA, NEAPOLITAN SONGS & MUSIC BY KUWAHARA!
Mandolin concertos by Venetian 18th century composers like Vivaldi and Hasse, "The Song of Japanese Autumn" by Kuwahara among others. In the mandolin & opera gala concerto and party with buffé, in a Venetian palace, we will play all together with Italian opera singers, string and wind players from Opera da Camera di Venezia. The party repertory includes hits from the opera world, like The Prisoners' Choir from Nabucco, Brindisi, the drink song from La Traviata, Nessun Dorma from Turandot, and more, and Canzone napoletane (Neapolitan songs) such as O Sole Mio, Torna a Surriento, Canta pè me, Santa Lucia, Funiculi Funicula and more. We are also open to repertoire suggestions from you. Please give us proposals.
IF ANYTHING IS NOT CLEAR?
It is not easy to explain everything and make it clear in a website, so please contact us with your questions about The Venice Mandolin Festival.
We are very happy to try to answer your questions. Don't hesitate to ask everything you wonder about!
THE GALA CONCERT AND THE CARNIVAL PARTY IN A VENETIAN PALACE
A joint concert and party with The Opera da Camera di Venezia & artists from The Carnevale di Venezia
Our Italian musicians and opera soloists from Opera da Camera di Venezia and all dancers and artist from Carnevale di Venezia, are all humble,
very friendly and professional artists. Everyone is used to make music and collaborate with soloists, choirs and mandolin orchestras
both in Venice and abroad. The collaboration and exchange concerts have been going on since 1998.
The Festival ends with an 18th century style gala. It's a private party, like the ones Venetian aristocrats 200 years ago would have enjoyed. The revellers this time are the participants in the Venice Mandolin Festival, the Opera da Camera di Venezia, with soloists and dancing masters, performers from the renowned Carnival in Venice - many in period dress - and you and your friends.
THIS SPECIAL EXPERIENCE WILL TRANSPORT YOU INTO THE HEYDAY OF VENETIAN EXTRAVAGANCE
Do like the well-to-do Venetians did in Vivaldi’s time. Feel free to eat, drink and move around during the performance, as long as you don’t create a disturbance. This was the way they did things in the 18th century. Everything was for cultivated enjoyment, and food, drink, music and spectacle all combined into a single experience.
In the splendour of a Venetian palace, where the banquet tables are overflowing with the finest Italian delicacies and refreshments, the guests also enjoy the finest entertainment - the finest operatic soloists and an orchestra complete with strings and wind instruments, and of course the mandolin and harpsichord.
ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH!
The Opera da Camera di Venezia is made up of singers and instrumentalists of international standard, who perform regularly in La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice and the Opera in Rome. The orchestra consists of first class Italian musicians.
DANCING MASTER ROBERTO BARISON IS A VENETIAN ORIGINAL
He and his dance associates, Ricercardanzando, are among Italy’s most celebrated dance ensembles. They will introduce you to the delights of the 18th century ballroom. They know what you need to know to get started, and under their gentle but masterful expert guidance, you will soon forget yourself and be part of the revelry as much as the experienced dancers.
IN MASCHERA - A MASKED BALL
In a palace illuminated by hundreds of candles, the guests dance an elegant and stately minuet - that most courtly of courtly dances. If you want to dress up in 18th century style, or wear fanciful costumes and fantastic head-gear or masks - just anything suitable to the cultivated madness of a Carnival in Venice - feel free. Do whatever your imagination desires.
Reservation for any changes
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PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DRESS IN INSPIRATION
of a Venetian masquerade ball
SOME OF THE SINGERS OF THE FESTIVAL
Caterina Piva - mezzosprano & Go Eun Lee - soprano
THE DANCE ENSEMBLE RICERCARDANZANDO
Dance master Roberto Barison from Venice and his dance ensemble
Ricercardanzando belong to one of Italy's most
requested dance ensembles.
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CAMERATA MANDOLINO CLASSICO PLAYS VIVALDI & BACH
A mandolin and guitar orchestra from Sweden - Lars Forslund, conductor
A MANDOLIN & OPERA GALA CONCERTO WITH CARNIVAL PARTY AND BUFFÉ
We will hold the mandolin & opera gala concerto and the carnival party in a Venetian palace
LARS FORSLUND PLAYS BACH - AN INSPIREING WINE CONCERTO
Lars plays on a mandolin built by Gabriele Pandini, Italy
LARS FORSLUND PLAYS BACH - AN INSPIREING CAFÉ CONCERTO
Lars plays on a mandolin built by Gabriele Pandini, Italy
LARS FORSLUND PLAYS SCARLATTI WITH VENETIAN FRIENDS
Lars plays on a mandolin built by Daigoro Ochiai, Japan
Please contact us with your questions about The Venice Mandolin Festival.
We have much more to tell you about the organisation, soloists,
orchestras, concerts, repertory, the big party and so on.
We are very happy to try to answer your questions.
Don't hesitate to ask everything you wonder!
KEITH HARRIS AND STEPHEN MOREY PLAY VIVALDI
Concerto for two mandolins in G, with the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, conductor Werner Ruecker - Melbourne 1989
CAMERATA MANDOLINO CLASSICO PLAYS NÄSLUND
Concerto for guitar, Kenneth Frejd - guitar, Keith Harris - conductor - Omberg, Sweden 2007
Beautiful 3D films about The Carnival of Venice in the 18th century. Or play along to our soundtracks.
Music by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Näslund and others