Location: Siena, Chigiana Academy
From 10 July to 28 August 2015
For this celebration, the Chigiana Academy is organising a transversal musical project entitled “Those Fabulous Eighties” dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Count Guido Chigi Saracini (1880-1965), and to the great message of transformation that music and the arts experienced during the 20th century by artists born in the 1880s.
The Palace built in Siena in about the mid-13th century became the property of the great philanthropist Count Guido Chigi Saracini in 1906. After restoring both the façade and the interior with Arturo Viligiardi, a young emerging artist in Siena at the start of the 20th century, in 1932 Count Chigi Saracini established the Chigiana Musical Academy there. The long and fruitful cooperation with the maestro, who was an architect, sculptor, painter and a design artist, reached its peak with the creation of the Concert Hall, the decorative project of which was presented in 1914 and completed in 1923, in 18th century Venetian style. The palace also hosts one of Italy’s most important museums of musical instruments, many of which were made in Turin in the early 20th century.
Commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the death of Count Guido Chigi Saracini (1880-1965) will take place in 2015; the Academy is organising a transversal musical project entitled “Those Fabulous Eighties” also dedicated to the great message of transformation of music and in the arts embarked upon in the 20th century by artists born in the 1880s, an extraordinary generation which Count Chigi also belonged to. This project, closely linked to the city’s cultural identity, will involve the most important cultural organisations in the area and will be part of the Academy’s summer programme.