The homebase of the Amiata piano festival has been for years in Poggi del Sasso near Cinigiano. Proud to have such a classy festival in the hills of my Tuscan 'hometown', I'm nevertheless happy to see that the Amiata Piano festival spreads its wings and takes in a new destination. 

The first concert of Euterpe, the second cycle of the summer festival, will take place in Montalcino's Sant'Agostino church, which is home also to the town's art museum and the Benvenuto Brunello preview each February. The concert takes place here for a reason. The Bertarelli foundation - the main sponsor behind the Amiata piano festival - is also generously supporting the restoration of one of Montalcino's most beautiful churches. 

Sant'Agostino church and cloister in Montalcino
Sant'Agostino church and Montalcino museum entrance

Pianist and festival director Maurizio Baglini will celebrate the Verdi and Wagner year with works by the great composers performed together with a string quartet: Domenico Nordio (fist violin), Duccio Ceccanti (second violin), Luca Ranieri (viola) and Silvia Chiesa (violoncello).  

After the concert a buffet dinner will be served, accompanied by a selection of wines from the vineyards belonging to the ColleMassari estate. 

With its headquarters at the ColleMassari castle in Cinigiano, the Swiss Italian Bertarelli family has put together quite the collection of Tuscan wineries. Over the years the Grattamacco vineyard in Bolgheri, Montecucco in Cinigiano and most recently (and most famously) Poggio di Sotto in Montalcino have been added to their portfolio. All wineries are following organic production standards, which makes of ColleMassari one of the biggest certified organic wine producers in Italy. 

Thursday, 25th of July, 2013 -  7 pm
Tickets 15€. Reduced ticket for people over 65 and under 26: 10€. Children up to 12 years for free. Reservation and info phone: +39 339 4420336

Until the 28th of July, the Euterpe cycle continues with three more performances at Podere San Giuseppe in the traditional concert location of the festival in Poggi del Sasso (more details here). 

Whereas Dionisus, the third and last cycle of the Amiata Piano Festival 2013, will take place in the contemporary wine cellar of the ColleMassari vineyard (hence the name) from the 29th of August to the 1st of September. Concerts will be followed by a buffet dinner at the winery. 

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