On the 14th of August Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo and bassist Franco Petracchi will play works by Spohr, Rossini and Mendelssohn at Sant'Antimo abbey in Castelnuovo dell'Abate. The concert is part of the Chigiana in Terre di Siena summer concert series. The concerts start at 6.30pm but make sure you come early, so as to have time to explore Montalcino's beautiful Romanesque abbey and Castelnuovo dell'Abate (the lovely town next to the monastery).
On the 24th of August another concert of the Chigiana in Terre di Siena will take place not too far from Montalcino in Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The benedictine monastery in the Tuscan hills between Asciano and Buonconvento is a must see. The fresco cycle by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma and the beautiful landscape surrounding the abbey are a perfect background for the concert of David Geringas (cello) and Ian Fountain (piano). The duo will play works by Brahms, Frank, Janacek, Suk and Debussy. Concert starts at 9.30pm.
More info on the concerts can be found on the Chigiana's website. The Accademia Musicale Chigiana is Siena's famous classical music academy, which organizes first class concerts all through the year. Every year students from all over the world travel to Siena to take part in the Chigiana's summer master classes.
If you are coming through Siena, also check out the program of Estate Musicale Chigana, a classical music cycle with concerts in the city of the Palio all through August.
Sant'Antimo abbey near Montalcino You don't have to be a catholic to remain spellbound by the eternal beauty of the Sant'Antimo abbey. The Tuscan church and monastery can turn a stubborn skeptic into a reborn spiritual. At least for the time of the visit.