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Isola Bella Stresa

Isola in Festival – In the mood for Tango
The first off-schedule event at the Stresa Festival

A spectacle of light, music and dance awaits you Sunday night on the Isola Bella: the island will be bright with a path lit up by coloured spheres, live music will be relayed everywhere, and dancers will improvise steps to the strains of the tango.

An open-air party where the Isola Bella will present herself in completely new colors!

Tickets: € 10.00 including the return ferry trip to and from the Isola and a free drink at the Elvezia Ristolounge or Il Chiosco Bar on the Isola Bella.

 

Info: boxoffice@stresafestival.eu | 0323 31095

“Fiori di Fuoco” Fireworks World Championship waits for you! from July 8th to August 27th, the most pyrotechnical event in Summer 2017!

Sunday, July 23, 2017 ARONA - Festival di Fuochi d'artificio 2017!

56th International Stresa Festival, July 18 – September 8 2017

Music joins hands with the theatre, dance, literature and the visual arts

This year’s 56th edition of the Stresa Festival offers no less than 26 appointments, all linked by a single main theme, so exciting you won’t want to miss them! The most important festival on the shores of Lake Maggiore, while focused as always on music, opens up to new forms of expression each year and this year it blends various disciplines – theatre, dance, and multimedia effects, projecting the originals of old films. A completely fresh new item in 2017 offers encounters with well-known Italian writers.
This is all gathered under the magic banner of music – always the main feature of the Festival - presented in stunning historic settings that will arouse the thrill and emotion of entertainment in exclusive sites opened specially for the Festival. Music, dance, live and visual theatre are all site-specific events in the Stresa Festival’s novel artistic program for 2017.
More than 400 artists will perform this summer, not just in the music, though music is the thread leading through the completely ample program. It is divided as usual into three parts: the Midsummer Jazz Concerts, Meditations in Music, and the main schedule, which Gianandrea Noseda has called ‘Encounters’. This is his 18th year as Artistic Director of the Festival.

Encounters and Meditation in Music

Three of the 20 Encounters are projects commissioned directly by the Festival, and these world premières are going to attract wide attention.
The very first is the inaugural concert on 23 August at the Stresa Congress Palace, when the Sanpapié dance and theatre company, which performed last year too, will put on its latest production, representing Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat in dance, with the voice of Valter Malosti, a producer, actor and visual artist, who studies the ‘transversely arts’. Duncan Ward will conduct the Stresa Festival Ensemble that first evening. This concert will start with songs by De Falla and Berio, with the soprano Alda Caiello.
On 26 August at the Maggiore in Verbania, we shift to the shadow theatre: Hamlet op. 32a (incidental music by Shostakovich) presented by alTREtracce, a Turin company that focuses on the fusion of various theatrical techniques with shadow theatre. This evocative ‘dream language’ is backed by the voice of Olivia Manescalchi with Monica Luccisano’s dramaturgy and the Stresa Festival Orchestra conducted by Daniele Rustioni.
In another theatrical encounter in Stresa on 31 August Francesco Frongia and Ferdinando Bruni, both well-known producers on the contemporary theatre scene, present Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, against spectacular new scenography. The pianist Alexander Romanovsky will introduce the evening with music by Schumann.
Then, of course, the big orchestras will be back on stage at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Stresa. A new arrival is the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, which on 27 August, with the pianist Francesco Piemontesi, offers a program of music by Brahms, Grieg and Elgar under the baton of Lionel Bringuier.
Gianandrea Noseda will be back at the Festival in the first week of September, conducting two famous symphony orchestras. The London Symphony Orchestra, where he has been Guest Conductor since 2016, is here for the second year running, in response to widespread enthusiasm, with a program centred on Russian composers, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, accompanied by the accomplished Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.
The Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino orchestra will close the 2017 Festival, with Enrico Dindo, a refined cellist who has often played at the Festival, in a program of Bach, Shostakovich and Beethoven.
Made in Spain explains two novel projects centred on flamenco music and dance. The first, to be held in the Regina Palace Hotel, is dedicated to Scarlatti, and the stars of the evening are Juan Manuel Cañizares, well known as a flamenco guitarist and composer, alongside Juan Carlos Gómez on the guitar and the dancers – bailaores - Charo Espino and Ángel Muñoz. For the second evening on this theme, at the Maggiore in Verbania, Fahmi Alqhai will conduct the Accademia del Piacere, an ensemble founded and led by him, with Arcángel, a widely appreciated singer – the cantaor. His dancer - baile - Patricia Guerrero comes from Andalusia.
Another arrival from Spain is the pianist Chano Domínguez who, with his jazz trio, will open the Midsummer Jazz Concerts. He recently appeared in a very successful Italian RAI 1 television program, entitled "L'importante è avere un piano" (The main thing is to have a plan), with Stefano Bollani.
The Festival’s ‘site-specific’ concerts have become a fixture. On 25 and 16 July the Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso, once a hermitage and monastery, will again host J.S. Bach’s suites for cello solo, to be played this year by the German cellist Maximilian Hornung.
The Loggia del Cashmere on the Isola Madre with its incredible garden and the sumptuous Salone degli Arazzi on the Isola Bella open their doors to three splendid concerts. On 24 August, Sergei Nakariakov’s trumpet and sax- or flugelhorn will dialogue with the Gershwin String Quartet in the Loggia del Cashmere. On 5 September, the Salone degli Arazzi will host a string quintet with Marco Rizzi and Gabriele Pieranunzi, violins, Simonide Braconi and Francesco Fiore, violas, and Enrico Bronzi, cello. Then on 7 September the Khachatryan brothers, Sergey on the violin and Lusine on the piano, close this series of encounters, with a program of Mozart, Prokofiev and Schumann.
Moreover, there is much more to come!
J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo will be played by Kristόf Barati, in the Chiesa di Sant’Ambrogio, along the lakeside at Stresa; the whole series will be divided up over two days, 29 and 30 August.
On 6 September, in the same church, Giulio Prandi will conduct the Ghislieri Choir & Consort, renowned for their studies on music of the 1600 and 1700’s, to mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth.
On 27 July, in the Chiesa Vecchia in Belgirate the Van Kuijk Quartet, winner at the Wigmore Hall 2015 string quartet competition, will play music by Haydn, Janáček and Ravel.
On 1 September, at the Rocca Borromeo overlooking Angera, Teodoro Anzellotti will play music by Rameau, Hosokawa, Berio and Bartók on his accordion.
A complete novelty this year are the literary encounters. On 28 August, Maurizio De Giovanni will meet his readers at the Villa Ponti in Arona, and on 4 September, Erri De Luca will be in the Regina Palace Hotel. These evenings are centred on how these authors relate to music, and what role music plays in their lives and writing.

Midsummer Jazz Concerts

In six concerts in the third week of July, from Tuesday 18 July to Sunday 23 July, jazz returns with all its energy and vigour to grasp you with its fascination. For lovers who have followed this series year after year – and for new listeners who want to hear what it is all about – the sixth edition of Midsummer Jazz Concerts will surround you with musicians admired in Italy and throughout the world, in concerts alternating between the Lungolago La Palazzola in Stresa and the Maggiore in Verbania.
The first four concerts are in the open air in Stresa. The Chano Dominguez Trio (Chano Dominguez, piano; Horacio Fumero, bass; David Xirgu, drums) will be followed by Oregon (Ralph Towner, guitar; Paul McCandless, oboe and sax soprano; Paolino Dalla Porta, bass; Mark Walker, drums). The third concert stars the Dino Saluzzi Group (Dino Saluzzi, accordion; José María Saluzzi, guitar; Félix “Cuchara” Saluzzi, tenor sax and clarinet; Matías Saluzzi electric bass and bass; U.T. Gandhi, drums and percussion). The Enrico Rava - Tomasz Stańko Quintet (Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stańko, trumpets; Giovanni Guidi, piano; Dezron Douglas, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums) closes this part of the program in Stresa.
Moving to Verbania the big names are Enrico Pieranunzi & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra featuring Bert Joris (Enrico Pieranunzi, piano; Bert Joris, trumpet). Then, along the same lines as in 2016, the last concert calls on a group of Italian singer/composers: Javier Girotto, sax, Fabrizio Bosso, trumpet, Furio Di Castri, bass, Rita Marcotulli, piano, Mattia Barbieri, battery, with the voice of Peppe Servillo who will propose a tribute to Lucio Battisti.

The Stresa Festival receives contributions from the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Regione Piemonte, Città di Stresa, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione CRT, Fondazione Comunitaria del VCO, Vinavil. Since 2016, the Compagnia di San Paolo has nominated the Settimane Musicali di Stresa Association as an outstanding example of excellence in the panorama of live entertainment.

The online box office opens on Monday 10 April.
Single tickets and subscriptions can be purchased using the internet site www.stresafestival.eu or writing to the boxoffice@stresafestival.eu

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The ticket office at the Festival offices in via Carducci 38 - Stresa (VB) opens on Tuesday 18 April.
Opening hours: week days 9.30 – 12.30 a.m. and 3.00 – 5.30 p.m. On the concert days, it will be open all day from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., including weekends.
Ticket office will re-open at the venue one hour before the beginning of the concert.
Single tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by telephone using the number 0039 0323.31095 or by email writing to boxoffice@stresafestival.eu

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Our promotion scheme for young people Under 26 continues: tickets cost €10 and €5 for groups of at least four young people.

Prices, facilities and advantages for subscribers are illustrated on the site.

For more information: info@stresafestival.eu

 

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Press Release: Tourist season 2017 preview

Islands and gardens, villas, parks, flowers and major events: starting from March 2017 the tourist season in the territory of the Distretto Turistico dei Laghi, Monti e Valli dell'Ossola begins again with the most eagerly-awaited new attractions!

From March 2017, the month that marks the beginning of the high season in the territory of the Distretto Turistico dei Laghi with the opening of visits to the islands, our splendid territory – comprising the Ossola valleys and mountains and magnificent Lakes Maggiore, Orta and Mergozzo - is ready to welcome Italian and international visitors with the opening of the main tourist attractions:
# Parco Rocca di Arona, the scenic treasure surrounding the castle where San Carlo Borromeo was born (www.parcoroccaarona.com).
# “San Carlone”, the gigantic statue dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo (35.10 metres in height) (www.statuasancarlo.it)
# Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens, with its combinations of colours and shapes dictated by the flowering of tulips and dahlias, the light and shade effects created by the majestic centuries-old trees, the fountains, the pools with tropical water plants and the hothouse (www.villataranto.it).
# Parco Zoo Villa Pallavicino, an area of around 20 hectares included flower avenues full of flowers, centuries-old trees, a marvellous botanical garden and, the main attraction, the animals. (www.parcozoopallavicino.it)
# Giardino Alpina, 40,000 sq.m on a natural belvedere on Mount Mottarone, where you can relax looking at the landscape and remaining in close contact with nature (www.giardinobotanicoalpinia.altervista.org).
# Borromean Islands, a major local tourist attraction for their picturesque setting (www.isoleborromee.it). As always, the Islands can be reached with the services offered by the Motorboats owned by Private Consortiums and the Navigazione Lago Maggiore company.

In 2017 in the area of the Distretto Turistico dei Laghi, Monti e Valli there will be lots of opportunities for amusement, relaxing, tasting local food and wine and taking part in top-level events.
# “Citrus Fruits of Cannero Riviera”, visitors will be able to satisfy all their botanical curiosities on site, before setting off to discover the gardens opened exceptionally for the event (www.cannero.it).
# Camellia Exhibition, Camelias are the emblem of the local floricultural production first set up 150 years ago on Lake Maggiore and now recognised as outstanding in Europe with 5 million plants grown by one hundred or so companies in the provinces of Verbano Cusio Ossola and Novara (+39 0323 503249).
# Fireworks Festival 2017, the shows are offered in the splendid natural settings of the lakes and mountains and attract over 300,000 thousand spectators to the area (www.distrettolaghi.it).
# The traditional summer music festivals are also already confirmed: “Stresa Festival” (www.stresafestival.eu), “Un Paese a Sei Corde”, the International Organ Festival “Sonata Organi”, Ossola Guitar Festival, Tones on the Stones and Miasino Jazz Festival.
# Cultural and literary events include: La Fabbrica di Carta (www.facebook.com/fabbricadicarta), Lago Maggiore LetterAltura Festival (www.letteraltura.it), Il Teatro sull'Acqua (www.teatrosullacqua.it).
# Appointments with food and wine, folklore and traditions, in particular the typical ones connected with the mountains of the Ossola area: “Life amongst the Leponti and Walser peoples”, “St. Bernard’s Fair”, “Lake Flavours”, “Potato Festival”, the 36th International Chimney Sweep Meeting (www.santamariamaggiore.info), “Father Christmas's Real Grotto” (www.grottadibabbonatale.it) and many others (www.distrettolaghi.it).
# This year also promises to be innovative and intense for the sport competitions that have been scheduled.

Once again this year, there will be countless opportunities for open-air and leisure activities making the most of scenic attractions: cruises on the lake or sightseeing trips aboard the “Treno delle Centovalli”.
Then there are water sports, golf courses surrounded by splendid scenery, panoramic walks around the lakes or to discover the most beautiful valleys for all ages and abilities.
Not to be missed by the most enterprising visitors are moments of pure fun in contact with nature: Aquadventure Park (Baveno), Alpyland (Stresa, Mottarone) and the Zipline (Aurano, Verbania).
Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta and Lake Mergozzo, surrounded by the splendid Ossola Valleys are waiting for you to give you an all-round holiday: let yourself be welcomed and pampered by one of the over 850 accommodation facilities offered in our area, take advantage of the countless opportunities for amusement, savour the culture and the local specialities linked to our tradition for excellent food and wine, take part in the innumerable evenings organised in our best-known resorts, the settings for big events and favoured by unforgettable moments!
With over three and a half million visitors a year, 70% of them foreigners, the Distretto Turistico dei Laghi area – located in the centre of a territory with a high population density between Switzerland, Varese, Milan and Turin - is one of the most important tourist destinations in Northern Italy!

On June 3rd the Toce Waterfall re-opens together with Ossola tourist season!

Toce Waterfall in Formazza Valley

Among conifer woods and alpine lawns Formazza Valley hides an extraordinary "jewel", the second highest waterfall in Europe.


Its 143 meters-high and 60 meters-large (on the basis) fall is fed by an extremely pure mountain spring nearby Gries Pass (2463 meters altitude), which separates Italy from Switzerland and through which in 1852 Richard Wagner went to begin then his grand tour in Italy.


Spring waters are normally collected in great artificial Lake Morasco from which, only in some periods during the year (in summer, in particular), they can flow towards the bottom of the valley creating the waterfall spectacle.
There is a small wooden bridge over the waterfall top. There the panoramic point of view of the valley below is terrific and dizzy at the same time!


Opposite to the fall there is a historical building, which was created in 1863 as hotel to host hikers and mountaineers. Next to it a small nice church of 1621 is dedicated to "Madonna della Neve".

 

This year the waterfall will be open for visitors from Sunday June 3rd, 10-16 with the following calendar:

 

from June 10th: working days from 11.30 to 13.30, Sundays and public holidays from 10 to 16;
from August 10th to 20th from 10 to 16;
On August 15th and 16th from 10 to 18.
Open until Sunday September 30th, 10-16.


The Toce Waterfall is also being the amazing scenery for the “Fiori di Fuoco” 2012 Fireworks World Championship opening night. This first show could be a special occasion to admire this natural miracle together with thousands of lights and colors.