|June 30 through July 6, 2014.|
The Italian Brass Week is for trumpeters, hornists, trombonists, tubists, and percussionists. I haven't attended this festival, but I highly recommend that you visit their Website and check it out. Their Website looks lovely, but it is a little hard to manage. You will find in the upper left a link to toggle between English [ENG] and Italian [ITA] text, and many of the pages you'll want to read are only accessed from a small black pull-down menu that hides at the upper right of the site. The images of musical instruments in the horizontal green bar link to information about the teachers of those instruments.
A typical day at Italian Brass Week includes morning and afternoon private lessons and practice time, a collective master class on each instrument, brass ensemble rehearsals, and evening concerts. The faculty embrace jazz playing, in addition to classical playing, so late-night jam sessions after the evening concerts come together on their own. There are many other details, too, which I'll let you investigate on your own.
The faculty is numerous and drawn mostly from Europe, with the notable exceptions of festival President and horn instructor, Dale Clevenger (formerly of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), tuba instructor, Roger Bobo (formerly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), and percussion instructor, Paul Wertico (formerly of the Pat Metheny Group). There are multiple teachers on every instrument. I'd think anyone would learn a great deal at this festival, and have a really great time doing it, too.
The festival will be held in the famed region of Tuscany, with some events held in the renowned city of Florence and many other events held in the nearby smaller town of Vinci. You've heard of it. Leonardo da Vinci ("Leonard of Vinci") was born near the town. Either way, the locations will surely be a big part of the attraction to attend this festival.
And for the many of you who know I'm associated with another summer brass festival – the wonderful Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop – don't worry! These festivals don't overlap. You can easily return from the Italian Brass Week with plenty of time to rest from the trip, do some laundry, repack, and travel to Arcata for the late July workshops there.
The following links will not get you all the info you'll need from the IBW site, but they might be a useful place to start:
IBW Home page
About the IBW
Photos from previous years
Be sure to tell 'em, "Dr. Ray sent me!" That way, Luca's sure to pick up the tab for dinner this summer when I meet him in Florence!