MANDOLIN ACADEMY IN VENICE

You are very welcome to Venice!


THE VENICE MANDOLIN FESTIVAL 2023

Concerts in Venice 3 - 6 May 2023


THE CONCEPT


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 during a gala evening in the spirit of The Carnival of Venice. In the spring of 2023, we will continue a 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 Carnival style party, we will play all together with professional opera singers. 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.


CONCERTS IN VENICE AND ON THE LIDO ISLAND IN THE LAGOON:

The concerts will take place in Venice and on the beautiful island Lido, 15 minutes outside Venice with the vaporetto (waterbus) number 1. All the guest orchestras will give just one concert each. The rehearsal time will be maximum 3 hours in the church or concert hall before the concert. From an artistic and logistical point of view, it will be better that just one guest orchestra or ensemble will play a full lenght concert program (about 60 minutes) and they will be the protagonists of that concert. In the final Gala Concerto & Carnival syle Party everybody from all guest orchestras, indivudual participants and small ensembles are more than welcome to play together in The Venice Mandolin Festival Orchestra. The Venice Mandolin Festival Orchestra will rehears from Thursday - Saturday from 9:00 - 13:00. The Venice Festival Mandolin Orchestra will be conducted by a professional conductor with experience in the field of mandolin orchestras and the orchestra is open to join for everybody from all guest orchestras, indivudual participants and small ensembles. The Venice Mandolin Festival Orchestra will give one concert and be the protagonist of the final gala concerto on Saturday evening. The concert will also include playing to the Baroque Dances with the Venetian Dance Master Roberto Barison and his team.


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! 

INFORMATION

THE VENICE MANDOLIN FESTIVAL:


Wednesday 3 May:

19:30 inaguration concert.


Thursday 4 May: 

9:00 rehearsal, 13: 00 break, 

16:00 concert & 19:30 concert.


Friday 5 May: 

9:00 rehearsal, 13: 00 break, 

16:00 concert & 19:30 concert.


Saturday 6 May: 

10:00 rehearsal, 13: 00 break, 

16:00 concert & 19:30 concert & party.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Playing in The Venice Mandolin Festival Orchestra.

All concerts, own & joint concerts.

All rehearsals, own & joint rehearsals.

Administration and preparations. Marketing - posters - advertising.

Rent of chuches & locations in Venice.

Rent of rehearsal hall. Gala concert & Carnival party with snacks and prosecco in a private location.


PARTICIPATION FEE:

Euro € 144 / person for adults

Euro € 116 / person for students

Euro €   32 / person for companions

ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT: Accommodation, transport in Italy and flights to and from Italy, food & drinks are not included in the price, except snacks and prosecco in the final party. You do best to book your own hotel or private apartment in Venice that you can easily find online.


EXTRA DAYS:

For those of you who come to Venice earlier or stay a few days extra, we can arrange a guided tour. We visit cafes, ice cream bars (gelaterie), wine cellars. We look at architecture, art and tell the story of Vivaldi. Euro € 10 / person

THE FINAL GALA CONCERT AND THE CARNIVAL PARTY OF THE VENICE MANDOLIN FESTIVAL

A joint concert and party with The Venice Mandolin Festival Orchestra, Opera Singers & Artists from The Carnevale di Venezia


Our opera soloists and dancers from Carnevale di Venezia, are all humble, very friendly and professional artists.

Everyone is used to make music and collaborate with mandolin orchestras both in Venice and abroad.

The collaboration and exchange concerts have been going on since 1998.

PURE ENJOYMENT

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.


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 private location, 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

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

Silvia Ricca 3 (2)
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Maxine Rizzotto Carnevale 2 (2)

A MANDOLIN & OPERA GALA CONCERTO WITH CARNIVAL PARTY AND BAROQUE DANCE

We will hold the final mandolin & opera gala concerto and the carnival party in a private location

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

THE VENICE MANDOLIN FESTIVAL

Concerts in Venice 3 - 6 May 2023


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!

MANDOLIN MUSIC

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Come to Venice (Italy) and find out at a Playing Seminar with Keith Harris, 29 April-3 May 2023.


If you play the mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar or bass, make a dream come true,
and play great music, under expert direction, in Venice, one of the most beautiful

(and unusual) cities in the world.


We start making music in Venice at 2 pm on Saturday, 29 April, and finish

with a concert at 4 pm on Wednesday, 3 May, 2023.


Keith Harris, Director of Mandolin Studies at the Mandolin Academy in Venice, is among
the foremost authorities on the instrument worldwide.


Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik


Benjamin Britten: Playful Pizzicato


Armin Kaufmann: Burletta, Mitoka Dragomirna


Keith David Harris: Barcarole (from the Diamantina Suite)


This seminar (29 April-3 May 2023) is separate from the Mandolin Festival In Venice (3-7 May 2023),

but planned so that you can combine both events easily if you want to.

SEMINAR WITH KEITH HARRIS:

Saturday 29 April:

14:00 Start of the seminar


Wednesday 3 May: 

10:00 rehearsal, 13: 00 break

16:00 concert

SEMINAR FEE:

Euro € 158 / person for adults

Euro € 118 / person for students


Accommodation, transport in Italy and flights to and from Italy, food & drinks are not included in the price. 

COMBINATION FEE:

Seminar and The Venice Mandolin Festival.


Euro € 272 / person for adults

Euro € 211 / person for students

Euro € 32 / person for companions

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

WATCH OUR VIDEOS

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