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Application Deadline
June 10, 2024

Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina

Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina

Selected Soloists will be presented at the colORCHESTRA concert with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, the Florentine Chamber Orchestra in Florence, Italy, at the TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA under the baton of Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta.
Concert dates –2025 and 2026 concert seasons (April -December)
Rehearsals with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina will be scheduled 3 days prior to concert date.

The concert will be Broadcast Live by Virtual Concert Halls on various public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitch, among other platforms.
Video of the concert will be available for playbacks on the channels.

Soloists will participate in interviews for media and other activities associated with the event.
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Important dates:
May 17-21 and June 14-17, 2024 - Live Auditions Finals. Broadcast on video and social platforms. Meet the Judges and adjudication by the Music Director Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta. Streaming technology seminar in preparation for Live Audition - prior to performing LIVE.
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No age restrictions.
Any instrumental Concerto, a single movement, or Aria accepted.

Meet the Orchestra

THE FLORENTINA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA was established in 1981 by will of Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta, its current permanent director, with the aim of spreading knowledge of the symphonic and chamber repertoire. In the space of a few years the Orchestra has attracted the attention of national and international critics thanks to numerous concerts held both in Italy, for the most important musical institutions, and abroad on various tours: United States, Mexico (III Grand Mexico City Festival 1991, VI Morelia International Music Festival 1994), Europe (42nd Santander International Festival, IV Gandia Spain International Festival, Tour 1993 – Gran Teatro M. De Falla Di Cadiz, Auditorium M. De Falla of Granada, Gran Teatro of Huelva, Sala Argenta of Santander, Salón de Actos of Avilés, Sala de Concertos Caixavigo of Vigo, Teatro Principal of Orense – Spain, Tournée 1994), (Malaga – T erragona – Zaragoza – Santander – Spain, Tour 1997), Malta 1996 – Brazil 1997 – Portugal 1998 – Brazil 1998 – Slovenia 1999 and 2004 – Poland 2002 – Germany 2003 – Croatia 2006 – Spain 2011 (Tarragona, Reus, Murcia, Valencia – Palau da musica).

Meet the Conductor

GIUSEPPE LANZETTA
Permanent Music Director
Born in Montecorvino Rovella (SA) in 1960, at the same time as his humanistic studies he graduated in Choral Music and Choral Conducting, Sacred Vocal Polyphony under the guidance of Maestro Pierluigi Zangelmi; in Band Instrumentation with Maestro Lorenzo Semeraro at the “L. Cherubini” of Florence, where he studied Composition with Maestro Franco Cioci. He studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Bruno Campanella and Sir George Solti, of whom he was both assistant, finally perfecting himself with Maestro Franco Ferrara in Rome, Assisi, Verona and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and in choral direction with the Bulgarian masters George Robef and Samuil Vidas. He has conducted chamber and symphony orchestras in Italy and Europe, among these we remember the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, the orchestra “I Solisti orentini” of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ensemble of the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra dei Solisti della Scala of Milan, the Chamber Orchestra of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Gioventù musica d'Italia, the Orchestra of the Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonia Perusina, the Kisiniev Orchestra, of the Russian National Opera, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Volgograd Symphony Orchestra, Donetzk Ukrainian Philharmonic, Craiova State Orchestra (Romania), St. Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra, Johannes Strauss of Vienna, Moldavian Symphony, Chamber Symphony Orchestra of Israel , Arpeggione of Hohemens, and Chursachsische Philarmonie (Germany), the Virtuosi of Prague, the Cracoviensis Chapel, Debrecen Symphony (Hungary), the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestras of Ljub ljana, of Sacramento Symphony (California), Gothenburg and Stockholm Symphony, of Brasilia, the Symphony of Cordoba, that of Extremadura and of Murcia, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Madeira, the Eidelberg Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony (Canada), the Atlanta Symphony, the Istanbul Symphony, the Ico Tito Schipa of Lecce, the Symphony Orchestra of the province of Bari, the orchestra of Magna Graecia, the Symphony Orchestra of Bacau and that of Novi Sad on tour in Austria in 2004, the Joensu Philarmonich (Finland) the Aaken Sinfonie Orcheste, Wroclaw Philarmonic (Poland), The Toronto Symphony, The Poznam Philharmonic (Poland) and many others.

Application and Audition Process

Application form is DUE by the DEADLINE June 10, 2024
Upload video of any piece (with or without accompaniment). YouTube or Google Drive links are accepted
Application fee $75

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet TV Broadcast* and will receive a preparation tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers.
You will meet the Judges during Live Audition.
Live Auditions are held virtually.
Live Auditions are judged in real time.
Judges provide participants with immediate on-air feedback.
During the live audition participants will be able to speak with Judges.
• The judges’ decisions are final and may not be contested.
• To participate in the live online auditions, each musician must prepare required technical setup
Live Audition Fee - $250
*Fee includes the Technology Preparation session with A/V and Broadcast engineers

You will be notified about your acceptance into the colORCHESTRA program

Fees

Application and video pre-screening - $75
Live Audition - $250
Performance - NO FEE ($0)

Selected soloists are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

Upon request colORCHESTRA provides supporting documentation for selected soloists' visa applications.

Selected soloists may request press releases, letters of recommendation, confirmations of their participation in the concert, in support of the soloist's grants applications.

Orchestra's Venues



PERGOLA THEATRE

The Teatro della Pergola is the historic theater of Florence and one of the oldest and richest in history in all of Italy, located along Via della Pergola at even numbers 12 to 30. The Theater has been subject to architectural restrictions since 1943, as it is the "first great example of Italian theatre" and in its qualification "as an episode of fundamental importance for the documentation of the history of Italian and world theatre".



The Teatro della Pergola, sometimes known as just La Pergola, is a historic opera house in Florence, Italy. It is located in the centre of the city on the Via della Pergola, from which the theatre takes its name. It was built in 1656 under the patronage of Cardinal Giancarlo de' Medici to designs by the architect Ferdinando Tacca, son of the sculptor Pietro Tacca; its inaugural production was the opera buffa, Il potestà di Colognole by Jacopo Melani. The opera house, the first to be built with superposed tiers of boxes rather than raked semi-circular seating in the Roman fashion,[2] is considered to be the oldest in Italy, having occupied the same site for more than 350 years.


It has two auditoria, the Sala Grande, with 1,500 seats, and the Saloncino, a former ballroom located upstairs which has been used as a recital hall since 1804 and which seats 400.


Work on completing the interior was finished in 1661, in time for the celebration of the wedding of the future grand duke Cosimo III de' Medici, with the court spectacle Ercole in Tebe by Giovanni Antonio Boretti. Primarily a court theatre used by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, it was only after 1718 that it was opened to the public. In this theatre the great operas of Mozart were heard for the first time in Italy, and Donizetti's Parisina and Rosmonda d'Inghilterra, Verdi's Macbeth (1847) and Mascagni's I Rantzau were given their premiere productions.



By the nineteenth century, La Pergola was performing operas of the best-known composers of the day including Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi. Verdi's Macbeth was given its premiere performance at La Pergola in 1847.


La Pergola's present appearance dates from an 1855–57 remodelling; it has the traditional horseshoe-shaped auditorium with three rings of boxes and topped with a gallery. It seats 1,000. It was declared a national monument in 1925 and has been restored at least twice since.



Today the theatre presents a broad range of about 250 drama performances each year, ranging from Molière to Neil Simon. Opera is only presented there during the annual Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.


AUDITORIUM SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE

The church of Santo Stefano al Ponte is a Catholic place of worship located in Florence near the Ponte Vecchio, to which it owes its name. It is located in the small square of the same name, Santo Stefano.



The church is the result of multiple interventions over the centuries. Among these, the seventeenth-century one stands out, which remodeled the interior, creating a highly original architecture of broken lines, devoid of any curve.



BASILICA OF SANTA CROCE

The Basilica of Santa Croce in the square of the same name in Florence is one of the largest Franciscan churches and one of the greatest Gothic achievements in Italy, and has the rank of minor basilica. Santa Croce is a prestigious symbol of Florence, the meeting place of the greatest artists, theologians, religious people, men of letters, humanists and politicians, who determined, through good times and bad, the identity of the late medieval and Renaissance city.



Santa Croce has always played a major role in the religious and civic life of Florence, and over the centuries this importance has drawn artists and patrons driven by religious devotion and civic pride who have made Santa Croce a truly unique hub of faith and art.



The monumental complex today, covering an area of some 12,000m2, comprises several different areas: the basilica proper, the sacristy. the Novitiate with the Medici Chapel, three cloisters, the Pazzi Chapel, the Cenacolo or former refectory and the undercroft. In addition to these areas, it also houses the convent where the Franciscan friars live, the historical archive and some of the offices of the Opera di Santa Croce.



A living heritage

Santa Croce is home to almost 4,000 works of art ranging from the 13th to the 20th centuries, a living heritage if we consider that in most cases the works are still in the original setting for which they were designed and still perform the function for which they were created.



The high altar, for instance, is surrounded by Agnolo Gaddi's frescoes illustrating the Legend of the True Cross, a choice dictated by the church's dedication. The Cross plays a central role in the Christian religion because it symbolises the crucifixion of Christ, the sacrifice that brought salvation to mankind and that lies at the heart of the mass still celebrated on the altar today.


ORSANMICHELE MUSEUM

A well-equipped fortress in the heart of the city, halfway between the place of religious power (Piazza del Duomo) and the place of political power (Piazza della Signoria).



Here monetary policy was carried out, the prices of goods were established, here the representatives of the productive classes met on ritual and commercial occasions. Here the work that made Florence great found its consecration.


BARGELLO MUSEUM

Palazzo del Bargello, also known as Palazzo del Popolo.Its collection of Renaissance statues is considered among the most notable in the world: it includes masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Cellini, Giambologna, Ammannati and other important sculptors, as well as a large collection of applied arts, organized mainly by type.



In 2014 it was the twenty-ninth most visited Italian state site.




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