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EVENTS 2015 IN TAORMINA AND SICILY
actualizado el 02.04.2015

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APRIL 2015

EXHIBITIONS


until June 7
Palazzo Corvaja – Taormina
Made in Warhol. 60 works of the American Pop artist from the collection Rosini-Gutman, among others the famous Campbell’s Soup, Brillo, Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Liz Taylor and the rare canvas showing Liza Minelli. Posters of his films, album covers – including those of the Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Graces Jones – some clothes designed by Andy Warhol and a video self-portrait.
Opening hours: every day except Mondays: 10.30h – 13.00h and 16.30h – 21.00h
Info: www.taormina-arte.com

April 2 to November 30
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Casimiro Piccolo and Carin Grudda. Fantasie visionarie (visionary fantasies). Exhibition of works of the Sicilian watercolorist and the German sculptor. The exhibits mark a track from the entrance of the Ancient Theatre until the small musuem on top of the hill. Until November 30, 2015


Every Saturday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Rione Recanati - Giardini Naxos
Mercato settimanale. Weekly market. More than 1,5 km of market stands with all types of cloths, shoes, underwear, costume jewelry, house keeping and cooking devices and some few with fruits, vegetables and cheeses and salamis. 


Every Sunday (from 8.00 h)Via Beato Cardinale Giuseppe Benedetto Dusmet – Porto di Catania
Mercatino delle pulci. Flea market.
Info: www.comune.catania.it


all year
Chiesa San Antonio Abate – Taormina
Presepe a Taormina. The crib made from cork oak by Don Dioniso Cacopardo in 1953.



EVENTS 


April: every Saturday (21.15 h)
Theatre San Giorgio - Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. An evening with the most famous arias and duets from great operas such as Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart, La Traviata by G. Verdi, Elisir D’Amor by G. Donizetti, Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini and Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and Tosca by G. Puccini, interpreted by professional singers who have performed in the most important Italian and international theatres. During the short break you will be offered a drink on the panoramic terrace of the small Theatre San Giorgio. Every Saturday of April. From May onwards several times a week with various programs.
Info: www.italianoperataormina.it

April 1 (21.30 h)
Teatro Metropolitan – Catania
Brunori S.R.L. Una Società a Responsibilità Limitata. The singer songwriter Dario Brunori with new songs and monologues on the transformation of a society. A mix of cabaret, concert and theatre performance.
Info: www.brunorisas.it


EASTER EVENTS IN TAORMINA AND SICILY

April 3 (at dawn)
Centro storico - Taormina
Good Friday Procession in Taormina. A most impressive procession, that takes its way from Piazza Duomo through Taorminas Corso Umberto I in direction of Piazza Santa Caterina. Men and women in black carry the sculptures showing the passion of Christ. All shop's lighting and all street illuminatiion on the Corso Umberto will be switched off, as soon as the procession is arriving. Only the candles of the procession give some low light. When it is passed by, the shopkeepers on Corso Umberto continue with their business and again switch on the lights . 


April 3 to 6
Town center - Palermo
Easter celebrations in Palermo take place all over town and feature impressive street processions and re-enactments of the Last Supper. There are three splendid processions on Good Friday, dating back several centuries. The procession of the Cocchieri used to be seen by the local aristocrats as an opportunity to show off their power and wealth. Thirty-two participants take turns in carrying the statues of Christ and Madonna, escorted by people wearing original medieval armour. The procession departs from the Chiesa della Madonna dell'Itria at around 14.00 h, though it is advisable to check the time with the tourist office a few days in advance. The other processions dedicated to Maria Addolorata and Santa Maria Soledad are similar, finishing late at night. The times and places of departure can again be checked with the local tourist office. Easter Sunday celebrations feature the re-enactment of the Last Supper at major churches throughout the city.
Info: www.aapit.pa.it


April 3 (14.00 h)
Centro storico - Trapani
Processione dei Misteri Good Friday procession, one of the longest lasting and oldest in Italy. Beginning at about 14 h in the afternoon it lasts for nearly 24 hours. Reinactment of  the passion and the dead of Jesus Christ.
Info: www.comune.trapani.it


April 3 (15.00 h + 20.30 h)
Centro - Pietraperzia (EN)
Processione de Lu Signuri di li fasci. The preparing of the Good Friday Evening procession already beginns at 15 h with the crucifix to be carried from the Chiesa del Carmine to the cathedral and back. A very special rite: as a sign of their faith more than 400 believers tie themselves to a high pylon with ribbons, that will be carried along the streets of the city during the procession.
Info: www.comune.pietraperzia.en.it


April 4 and 5
Centro - Terrasini (PA)
Festa di li Schietti Folcloristic feast on Easter Saturday and Sunday. A feast that has nothing to do with the religious rites in these days. La Festa di li Schietti is a competition of bachelors, who still are hoping to get a wife by showing their maleness and strength. The competition asks to lift a bitter orange tree of about 50 kg as long as possible. The two days of competition are accompanied by tastings of local food, processions and musics.
Info: www.comune.terrasini.pa.it


April 5
Adrano (CT)
I Diavulazzi di Pasqua or La Diavolata. In the morning the statues of Christ, of the Madonna and of the Angel will be brought to the Piazza Umberto where the Diavolata, the struggle between the evil and the good takes place, ending up with the victory of peace. This tradition goes back to a text called La Resurrezione written by Don Anselmo Laudani in 1752.
Info: www.comune.adrano.ct-egov.it


April 5
Gangi (PA)
Easter celebrations in Gangi involve various rituals and processions throughout the Holy Week, though the most interesting event happens on Easter Sunday, when an unusual rivalry between saints takes place. Devotees of the Madonna compete against those who venerate Jesus. The peaceful competition consists of creating the best decorations in the streets in the centre of town, near the cathedral. They assume the shape of arches, bizarrely constructed of bread, vegetables and other foodstuff.
Info: www.aapit.pa.it 


April 6
Forza D'Agrò (ME)
Traditional "Festa dell'Alloro" and the Procession of the "Sacri Oli". The young people of the village create banners made from laurel leaves in honour of the SS. Trinità. After the awarding of the most beautiful example all banners will be carried in a procession alongside the Via SS. Annunziata to the Chiesa della Triade. On this "Monday of the Angels" the people of the village present to everyone the "collure", tipical sicilian easter sweets (in memory to Abraham in the desert and the three angels).
Info: www.comune.forzadagro.me.it


April 6 (18.00 h)
Mercati Generali – Catania
Modena City Ramblers. Folk rock band founded in Modena in 1991, heavily influenced by Celtic themes. Their lyrics often speak out against the Mafia and fascism.
Info: www.ramblers.it


April 8 (21.30 h)
Ma – Via Vela 6, Catania
Catania Jazz Festival. Ben van Gelder & Raffaele Genovese Trio. The Trio Raffaele Genovese featuring the dutch saxofonist Ben van Gelder. Ben van Gelder (sax), Raffaele Genovese (piano), Carmelo Venuto (double bass), Emanuele Primavera (drums).
Info: www.cataniajazz.com


April 9 and 10 (21.30 h)
Ma - via Vela 6, Catania
Catania Jazz Festival. Dana Leong Trio in concert.
Info: www.cataniajazz.com


April 10 (21.00 h)
Centro Zo – Catania
FASK. Fast Animals Slow Kids. 


April 14 (21.30 h)
Ma - Via Vela 6, Catania
Hailey Tuck


April 19 (22.00 h)
Ma – Via Vela 6, Catania
Patrizia Laquidara. The singer with Sicilian roots and the clear, warm and rythmic voice in concert.
Info: www.patrizialaquidara.it


April 23 (21.30 h)
Teatro Metropolitan - Catania
Giovanni Allevi, the philosopher, composer, conductor and piano player with his "contemporary classic music" stile in concert
Info: www.giovanniallevi.com


April 28 (21.00 h)
Teatro Metropolitan – Catania
Francesco De Gregori, popularly known as "Il Principe dei cantautori" ("The Prince of the singer-songwriters") in concert.
Info: francescodegregori.net


April 30 (21.00 h)
Palasport - Acireale
Carmen Consoli. L’Abitudine di Tornare Tour 2015. The Sicilian Singer with the special voice.
Info: www.carmenconsoli.it



MAY 2015


May 2 (21.30 h)
Teatro Abc - via Pietro Mascagni 92, Catania
Catania Jazz Festival. Rodney Whitaker Quintet in concert
Info: www.cataniajazz.com


May 2 (22.00 h)
Mercati Generali – Catania
T.A.R.M. Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti. Indie rock band from Friul Venezia Giulia.
Info: www.treallegriragazzimorti.it


May 4 (21.15 h)
Teatro Odeon – Catania
Trio Sevillo Girotto Mangalavite in concert. Tango Jazz with Peppe Servillo (voice) and the two musicians Javier Girotto (saxes , clarinet and flutes) and Natalio Mangalavite (piano, keybords and voice) from Argentina.
Info: www.javiergirotto.com/trio-girotto-servillo-mangalavite


May 8 (21.15 h)
Mercati Generali- Catania
Management del Dolore Post Operatorio. Dance punk and post punk band from Lanciano (Abbruzzo Region) led by the singer Luca Romagnoli.
Info: www.managementdeldolorepostoperatorio.it/


May 8 (21.30 h)
Teatro Abc - via Pietro Mascagni 92, Catania
Catania Jazz Festival. Manu Katche Quartet in concert
Info: www.cataniajazz.com


May 15 (18.45 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
The Supplients by Aeschylos. Classical Theatre Performances at the archaeological site. “The Suppliants” is one of the last plays Aeschylus wrote, dealing about the Danaids (which also form the chorus), who flee a forced marriage to their Egyptian cousins. More performances: May 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30 (18.45 h) and in June.
Info: www.indafondazione.org/


May 16 (18.45 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Ifigenia in Aulis by Euripides. Classical Theatre Performances at the archaeological site. Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition during the Trojan War, decides to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis and allow his troops to set sail in battle against Troy, this causes a conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles over the fate of the young woman. More performances: May 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31 (18.45 h) and in June.
Info: www.indafondazione.org/


May 17 (18.45 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Medea by Seneca (based on the homonymous tragedy by Euripides). Classical Theatre Performances at the archaeological site. One of the most irritation female characters in theatre history: Medea, the magic woman, who kills her own brother for her passionate love to Jason and then  -  deeply heartstricken by Jason’s betrayal and for reasons of revenge - her own children. More performances: May 20, 23, 26 and 29 (18.45 h) and in June.
Info: www.indafondazione.org/


May 21 (21.00 h)
Palasport – Acireale
Romeo e Giulietta. Ama e cambia il mondo. Romeo and Juliet. Love and change the world. Musical based on the tragedy written by William Shakespeare about two young lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. More performances: May 22 (21.00 h), 23 (16.00 and 21.00 h) and 24 (16.00 h)
Info: www.romeoegiulietta.it/


May 25 (21.30 h)
Teatro Metropolitan - Catania
Mario Biondi the singer from Catania with the deep and warm voice in concert.
Info: www.mariobiondi.com



JUNE 2015

June 1 (19.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Medea by Seneca (based on the homonymous tragedy by Euripides). Classical Theatre Performances at the archaeological site. One of the most irritation female characters in theatre history: Medea, the magic woman, who kills her own brother for her passionate love to Jason and then  -  deeply heartstricken by Jason’s betrayal and for reasons of revenge - her own children.  More performances: June 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25 and 28  (19.00 h)
Info: www.indafondazione.org/


June 1 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Swan Lake. Ballet with music composed by Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky
Part of the Taormina Opera Festival. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.Tickets: www.ticketone.it


June 2 (19.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
The Supplients by Aeschylos. Classical Theatre Performances at the archaeological site. “The Suppliants” is one of the last plays Aeschylus wrote, dealing about the Danaids (which also form the chorus), who flee a forced marriage to their Egyptian cousins. More performances: June 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23 and 26 (19.00 h)
Info: www.indafondazione.org/


June 2 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gala Lirico Viva L’Italia. Opera arias. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


June 3 (19.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Ifigenia in Aulis by Euripides. Classical Theatre Performances at the archaeological site. Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition during the Troyan War, decides to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis and allow his troops to set sail in battle against Troy, this causes a conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles over the fate of the young woman. More performances: June 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24 and 27 (19.00 h)
Info: www.indafondazione.org/


June 3 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Carmen Suite. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


June 5 and 6 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Bohème. Opera by Giacomo Puccini. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


June 12 to 20 
Teatro Antico and Palazzo Congressi - Taormina
Taormina Film Fest 
61st edition of the popular film fest that brings the stars of international cinema to Taormina. More infos shortly. 
Info: www.taorminafilmfest.it


JULY 2015

July 4 (20.30 h)
Teatro Greco - Siracusa
Norma, Opera by Vincenzo Bellini. The opera is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre and the aria “Casta diva” in act 1, is one of the most famous of the nineteenth century. Opera directed by Enrico Castiglione.  
More performances: July 10, 18 and 25 (20.30 h)


July 7 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
Odyssey. A sicilian love story performed by the Mvula Sungani Physical Dance Company, special guest Emanuela Bianchini. With live musics by Alessandro Macuso, performed by the Trinacira Freedom Orchestra.
Info: www.festivaleuromediterraneo.eu


July 15 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
CARMEN opera by Georges Bizet. The opera tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, costumes by Sonia Cammarata.
Info: www.taormina-arte.com


July 16 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Spandau Ballet in concert. The legendary new wave band from London around lead singer Tony Hadly with current members Steve Norman, John Keeble, Martin and Gary Kemp.
Info:  www.spandauballet.com/


July 17 (21.30 )
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gianluca Grignani. The singer-songwriter and guitarist from Milan in concert.
Info: www.gianlucagrignani.it


July 19 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Toto in concert. Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of the Californian band Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums. With over 38 years together and thousands of credits to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world.
Info: www.totoofficial.com


July 23 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mika in concert. The Lebanese-British singer songwriter, born in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and an American father grew up in Paris and London. The charming pop singer with the exceptional voice, who speaks fluently Italian, starts his tour to Italy in Taormina.
Info: mikasounds.com  


July 26 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Litfiba. Tetralogia degli elementi live. The rock band from Florence in concert.
Info: www.litfiba.net


July 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Damien Rice, the likeable folk rock singer songwriter from Dublin in concert.
Info: www.damienrice.com



AUGUST 2015 


August 1, 9 and 12 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
DON GIOVANNI opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Opera in two acts with Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. Don Giovanni, a young, arrogant, and sexually promiscuous nobleman, abuses and outrages everyone else in the cast, until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, costumes by Sonia Cammarata. 
Info: www.enricocastiglione.it and www.festivaleuromediterraneo.eu
Tickets: boxol.it and ticketone.it 


August 4, 7, 10 and 13 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
CARMEN opera by Georges Bizet. The opera tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, costumes by Sonia Cammarata.
Info: www.enricocastiglione.it and www.festivaleuromediterraneo.eu
Tickets: boxol.it and ticketone.it 


August 8, 11 and 14 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
IL BARBIERE DI  SIVIGLIA (The Barber of Seville) by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was based on  Pierre Beaumarchais’s comedy Le Barbier de Séville. Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". Directed by Enrico Castiglione, costumes by Sonia Cammarata.
Info: www.enricocastiglione.it and www.festivaleuromediterraneo.eu
Tickets: boxol.it and ticketone.it 


August 15 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Festival. Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Performed by the Taormina Opera Stars Orchestra and Choir and the solists Natasa Djikanovic (Soprano), Oh Youngmin (Tenor), Lisa Annette Dunk (Mezzosoprano), Petr Socolov (Bass /Bariton). Artistic director of the festival: Enrico Stinchelli.
Info: taorminaoperastars.it


August 16 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Festival. NABUCCO Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The Opera follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar II.) The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. The best-known number from the opera is the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves,”Va pensiero, sull’ali dorate"/"Fly, thought, on golden wings," a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today. Artistic director of the festival: Enrico Stinchelli.
Info: taorminaoperastars.it

August 17
Teatro Antico - Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Festival. L'Italia inCanta. Gala dedicated to the most beautiful and popular classical Italian songs, performed by the Taormina Opera Stars Orchestra and Choir and the a selection of solists, from neapolitan songs like "O sole mio", "Core 'ngrato" and "Dicitencello vuje" to famous Opera arias and choral pieces.
Info: taorminaoperastars.it


August 18 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Festival. La Traviata Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the plot of the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, son. The story of a courtisan, her love with a young bourgeois, against all social conventions, an her tragic death of tuberculosis. One of the world-wide most popular operas
Info: taorminaoperastars.it


August 19 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Festival. The rite of rock. A musical trip starting from the beginning of the 20th century music by Igor Stravinsky and ending up with heavy metal. With the virtuous cellist Giovanni Sollima,  Monika Leskovar (violoncello), Giuseppe Andaloro (pianoforte), and Giuseppe Gullotta (pianoforte). Artistic director of the festival: Enrico Stinchelli.
Info: taorminaoperastars.it


August 20 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico –Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Festival. Aida, Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The opera was a commissioned work, primarily  written for the opening of the Royal Opera House in Kairo and first performed in December 1871. The plot tells the love story of  Ramadès, Captain of the Pharao’s gards, to Aida, an ethiopean princess, captured as a slave.  To complicate the story further, the Pharaoh's daughter Amneris is in love with Radamès, although he does not return her feelings. Artistic director of the festival: Enrico Stinchelli.
Info: taorminaoperastars.it


August 22 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
Il Volo. The three young tenors, new stars of popular classic music, in concert. 
Info and tickets: www.taormina-arte.com, Taormina Arte, Corso Umberto 19, Taormina (Mon to Fri, 9.30 - 13.00 h)


August 25 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Dear Jack in concert. Domani è un altro film (seconda parte). Italian pop rock band from Viterbo.
Info: www.dearjack.it/


August 28 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico - Taormina
Francesco Renga. The singer-songwriter who became known after having won the Sanremo Festival in 2005 with his song “Angelo”.
Info: www.francescorenga.it



SEPTEMBER 2015


September 2 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Carmen Suite. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


September 11 to 13
Teatro Antico and other locations – Taormina
Festival Internazionale delle Orchestre a Plettro. 4th edition of the International Festival of plugged string orchestras.
Info: www.orchestraaplettro.it

September 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Swan Lake. Ballet with music composed by Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky
Part of the Taormina Opera Festival. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


September 15 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Bohème. Opera by Giacomo Puccini. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


September 19 to 25
Teatro Antico and other locations - Taormina
TAOBUK Festival. 5th edition of the Taormina Book Festival. Readings, discussions with mostly Italian writers.
Info: www.taobuk.it/


September 27 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Stabat Mater. Many composers worked on the Gregorian melody of the Stabat Mater, such as Pergolesi, Rossini, Dvorak and Verdi. Artistic director Alberto Veronesi.
Tickets: www.ticketone.it


more events 2015 shortly Last updated: April 3, 2015


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