Trpceski Joins Intl Crew at Tuscan Sun Festival
Friday, 05 August 2011

 Most popular Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski will perform Thursday evening in a theatrical evening - part of the Tuscan Sun Festival - called Seduction, Smoke and Music, along with a Hollywood superstar Jeremy Irons.

Chronicling the love story of renowned composer Frederic Chopin and infamous French writer and feminist Amandine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, known as George Sand, the performance explores the development of their unusual relationship over a decade.  Irish-born actress Sinead Cusack, as the unconventional and controversial cigar smoking George Sand, and her British colleague Irons, as the celebrated pianist and composer, read letters exchanged between the lovers in an evening accompanied and illustrated by the music of Chopin.

The performance, also including Russian cellist Nina Kotova, as well as American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, will take place in Teatro Signorelli within the 'Festival Del Sole'.

The story of Festival del Sole, as its name suggests, starts in Italy in the 1990's, where, IMG Artists Chairman Barrett Wissman and wife, cellist Nina Kotova, had often discussed organizing an event somewhere in the world where friends could make music together in a warm welcoming atmosphere with their neighbour, Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun. Mayes suggested that Cortona might be the very location for such a gathering.

In 2003, the Tuscan Sun Festival was born, and has matured into an annual event that continues to be artist-led while simultaneously embracing the proud spirit of the local community.  Regularly presenting prominent musicians, the Tuscan Sun Festival became the first event of its kind to provide such a platform and combine it with a pure celebration of life so abundant in Tuscany.  The festival incorporates an array of events which include fine art exhibitions, culinary events, wine tasting, lectures and other literary manifestations, as well as outstanding musical concerts.


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