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Queen Guitar Rhapsodies

The Treviso Guitar Summer School and Festival

España, Lorca and ten great days near Venice

Carlos arriving in Venice for his recital 24th June

I have spent ten days in an idyllic setting near Venice teaching and giving concerts. The setting was a large house set in grounds of green pastures and cultivated farmland, stretching almost as far as the eye could see. Song birds, crickets and guitar music created a sound-space, and the occasional breeze wafted strains of Vivaldi, Tárrega and other music across the sun-drenched fields.

This has been a summer school with a difference. For the first few days I taught a group of young children assisted by Francesca Rossetto. They overlapped with a small group of brilliant young guitarists from Italy, England and Spain who came together to make music and present concerts in the region around Venice. We presented solos and guitar quartets with me participating. In Venice itself I gave a solo recital linked to this year's Festival theme: Spanish music and the 75th anniversary of García Lorca's death.

Why was the summer school so special? Because it gave an opportunity for the students to be involved in concerts playing solos and chamber music with me in a beautiful part of Italy who’s historical roots are at the heart of Western culture.

The large house in which we held the course is owned by the Benetton Foundation and offered residential accommodation too.

left to right, 1st Stefano de Polo, 3rd Carlos Bonell, 4th Laura Pollini, 5th Luciano Benetton, 11th Stefano Trevisi and students - Casa Cozzi, Treviso, June 2011

Luciano Benetton himself takes a close interest in the musical activities of the house, Casa Cozzi.
We organised a special private concert for him and Laura Pollini presenting a programme which included Brouwer's quartet Cuban Landscape with Rain, the Rodney Bennett’s Impromptus, Bach’s Adagio BWV 1001, and Domeniconi's Koyunbaba. I played my arrangements of Canto Mozarabre, Los Cuatro Muleros and Here Comes the Sun, after which we all had a very pleasant supper al fresco.

The summer school is organised by "Arte e Pensiero" with two visionary directors, Stefano de Polo and Stefano Treviso who are developing brilliant artistic projects in the region. The Benetton Foundation lends its invaluable support to the projects.

There will be another course next year too. Watch this space for more information.

Students who participated this year:
Antonio Amodeo (Italy)
Giacomo Bigoni (Italy)
Alejandro Ceballos Zamanillo (Spain)
Anthony Guerrini (Italy)
Agostino Maiurano (Italy)
Cassandra Mathews (UK)
Francesca Rossetto (Italy)
Serena Tammaro (Italy)
Silvia Vaccher (Italy)
Neil Worley (UK)

Guitar quartets we performed:
Leo Brouwer: Cuban Landscape with Rain
Leo Brouwer: Toccata
Karl Jenkins: Palladio arranged by Gary Spolding, Lathkill Music Publishers
P. Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy arranged by Carlos Bonell

Solo music studied and performed included works by:
Albéniz, Bach, Brouwer, Domeniconi, Falla, Granados, Lorca, Mertz, Ponce, Rodney Bennett, Sainz de la Maza, Smith-Brindle and Tárrega.

24th June - Chiesa di San Pantalon, Venice
25th June - Olmi de San Biagio, Treviso
26th June - Spazi Bomben, Benetton Foundation, Treviso
27th June - Casa Cozzi, Zero Branco, concert for Luciano Benetton
28th June - Casa Cozzi, final concert

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June 2011

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