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Montalcino piazza Garibaldi, theater (teatro degli Astrusi) and the old town hall (location of the tourist office)
Montalcino's old town hall with bell tower
and the theater (teatro degli Astrusi) to the left

Every year in July Montalcino's lovely theater called teatro degli Astrusi is home to a classical music festival, that brings the soloists of Amsterdam's famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to town. 

In its 6th year the festival takes place from the 12th to the 18th of July 2012. From Thursday to Sunday the world class musicians will play in various chamber music formations. The pianists Ronald Brautigam and Eildert Beeftink will be this year's guest artists at the festival.  

Thursday, July 12
JS Bach - BWV 1055, arr, oboe d'amore, string quartet, harpsichord
Beethoven - Quintet for strings in C major op. 29
Brahms - Piano quartet in C minor op. 60

Friday, July 13
Martinù - Quartet for oboe, violin, cello and piano H. 315
Zemlinsky - Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in D minor op. 3
Fauré - Piano quartet in C minor op. 15

Saturday, July 14
Mozart - Clarinet quintet in A major K. 581
Mahler - 4th Symphony, 2nd movement, version for clarnet, violin, cello and piano
Mozart - Concert n. 20 in D minor K. 466, arr. piano, strings, oboe and clarinet

Sunday, July 15
Reicha - Oboe quintet in F major op. 107
Beethoven - String trio in C minor op. 9, nr. 3
Shostakovich - Piano quintet in G minor op. 57

Teatro degli Astrusi, Piazza Garibaldi Montalcino. Concerts start at 7pm. Tickets can be bought all week at Montalcino's tourist office or directly at the theater every day from 5.30pm. 
At 6.15pm a glass of wine is served (included in the price). Buffet dinner together with the musicians after the concert can be booked beforehand. 

Ticket price: 25€ and 20€ (reduced rate for Montalcino residents, students and children). The seated buffet dinnner with the musicians takes place after 9pm at the Bar Leccio below the theater. You have to book the dinner two days in advance (+39 347 18 07 408). Dinner costs 30€.  

Caffè IL LECCIO - the lovely bar is centrally located in Montalcino's town center
Caffé IL LECCIO below Montalcino's theatre
Venue of Musica Reale's Dinner with Musicians:

On Wednesday 18th of July the closing concert of the festival takes places at the Villa di Geggiano near Siena.

For more information click through to the MUSICA REALE festival website

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