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Ring Around's performances:

SettembreMusica Festival MITO (september 2015)

 

Concerti del Quirinale di Radiotre

Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto

Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, ne «Lo spirito della musica di Venezia»

Teatro della Pergola, Amici della Musica di Firenze

Teatro Politeama di Palermo, Amici della Musica

Bologna Festival

Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna

Saison Musicale Fondation Royaumont

Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova

O.R.T. Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, tournée

Società Filarmonica di Trento

Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de’ Turchini, Napoli

Festival Villa Solomei, Fondazione Brunello Cucinelli

Festival Voces, Res Musica

Associazione De Sono, Torino

Incontri Europei con la Musica, Bergamo

Festival Chants Sacrés en Méditerranée, Algeri-Marsiglia

Associazione Musicale Etnea, Palazzo Biscari - Catania

Accademia Filarmonica di Messina

Festival Cantar Lontano

Associazione Musica e Filosofia, Maratea

Festival Internazionale di Concerti per Organo, Aosta 

Famiglia Artistica Reggiana, Reggio Emilia

Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine

Festival Cusiano di Musica Antica, Isola di San Giulio

Teatro Verdi di Pisa

Amici della Musica di Padova

Amici della Musica di Trapani

Amici della Musica di Perugia

Amici della Musica di Belluno

Società dei Concerti di Brescia

Filarmonica Laudamo, Messina

I Concerti San Torpete, Genova

Festival dell'Ascensione, Milano

Palazzo Te, Mantova

I luoghi sacri del suono, Modena

Mauriziano, Reggio Emilia

Conti Tasca d'Almerita, Tenuta di Regaleali

Teatro Modena, Genova

Palazzo Ducale, Genova

Concerti del Chiostro, Rovereto

Chiesa S. Sepolcro, Cagliari

Collegiata di Lugnano, Terni - Opera Incanto

and much more...

 

 

Since our debut in 1993 in Genoa, Italy, our vocal ensemble (Vera Marenco, Manuela Litro, Umberto Bartolini and Alberto Longhi) has been appreciated for its particular blend of voices and its special communicative ability in performance. We have fine-tuned our singing through the masterclasses of Rachid Safir (Les Jeunes Solistes) and the Hilliard Ensemble. 

Our most appreciated trait is how we present secular early polyphonic repertoire in a theatrical dimension. Chansons, villanelle, frottole, madrigals by Italian, French-Flemish, Spanish composers are performed in a concert-show where the visual aspect is as important as the musical one.


Born in 2003 for a performance in Spoleto, our Gioco di Voci programme has been called the revelation of the Festival dei Due Mondi. Since then, we have often been called by Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti, who was very fond of our ensemble, to perform in many following seasons of the same Festival. We also perform extensively the medieval and Renaissance sacred repertoire, and we are studying the different languages of contemporary music, often in direct collaboration with the composers. 


In 1997 we have recorded a CD called Music for Van Dyck (recently republished by Newton Classics), a collection of works inspired by Flemish polyphony composing styles. On that occasion we commissioned and premiered works by Ennio Morricone, Matteo D’Amico, Claudio Ambrosini and others. With this repertoire we have been awarded the special prizes for Best solo-voice vocal ensemble and Best Italian ensemble at the 42nd International Seghizzi Competition in 2003.

 

Twice have we been called to perform for the traditional Sunday’s concert at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, which have been   broadcast live on national radio RAI Radio 3.

In recent performances the vocal quartet is often accompanied by period instruments. This enriched ensemble, named Ring Around Quartet & Consort, debuted at Concerti del Quirinale with a new programme, Tutte Frottole!, comprising a selection of Italian frottole from a research on the original books printed by Ottaviano Petrucci in the early 1500s. The same programme has been recorded for Naxos in a CD to be released in May 2015.

 


 

 

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Ring Around Quartet: Vera Marenco, Manuela Litro, Umberto Bartolini, Alberto Longhi

16121 Genova

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