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Terzo giovedì serale di maggio Brera/Musica online

Giorgio Morandi, Paesaggio
Paesaggio, Giorgio Morandi, olio su tela, 1929

Program of the third appointment | Thursday, May 18th, 2023, from 6 p.m.
The ensemble that will perform is the Protean Quartet from Switzerland with
F. Mendelssohn – Quartetto n. 1 in mi bemolle maggiore, op. 12
III. Andante espressivo

The reference artwork is Landscape, Giorgio Morandi.

Protean Quartet
The Protean Quartet was born in 2018 in Basel. It takes its name from “Proteus”, the Greek deity of the sea, which in turn is the etymological origin of the noun “proteo” and “protean” as the inherent quality of something that frequently changes form, affect or opinion. Thus, the “Protean Quartet” identifies itself with a critical spirit in permanent revision and dialogue with the music and among its members, searching for new ideas and creative impulses.

Moved by the curiosity and passion for the “Historically Informed Performance”, the ensemble is mainly focused on the rediscovery of the stylistic, rhetorical and technical aspect of the musical language from the Baroque to Classical and Romantic periods.

Recently, the ensemble has been awarded First Prize at York International Early Music Competition 2022 (UK) as well as First Prize at the Biagio-Marini International Competition 2020 (GE). Since its formation, it has performed in important festivals including the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht (NL), FIAS in Madrid (SP) and Festival de Saintes (FR).

Apart from their dedication to the quartet, their members play regularly with some of the most important groups of the baroque scene such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Lautten Compagney and Gli Incogniti among others. In January 2023 they will release their Debut CD “Haydn Almeida Beethoven” with the spanish label “Eudora Records” which includes the first recording of the string quartet by J.P. Almeida.


For the first appointment with Third Musical Thursdays, Brera/Musica, under the artistic direction of Maestro Clive Britton, would also like to bring to your doorstep this online concert in collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto, a creative cultural enterprise that supports the careers of young international chamber music ensembles and enhances European cultural heritage.

Brera Musica returns in 2023 with 10 new appointments to discover some of the most evocative views of the Pinacoteca di Brera.
From March to December 2023, the musicians of Le Dimore del Quartetto, in dialogue with the curator and art historian Alessandra Montalbetti, will introduce the public to the atmospheres of the pictorial and musical landscapes that are the protagonists of this edition.
The concerts are online on the third Thursday of each month, from 6 pm, on the website of the Pinacoteca di Brera and Le Dimore del Quartetto.


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Alessandra Montalbetti
In 1982, she joined the didactic section of the Soprintendenza ai Beni Artistici-Storici e demo-etno-antropologici in Milan; she elaborated didactic paths for schools and, specialised in contemporary art history, she took part in the refresher course for teachers with lessons on contemporary art. From 1983 to 1990, she developed the first didactic itineraries for schools for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cimac) for the Directorate of Civic Museums. In 2000, he took part in the Superintendency’s working group for the preparation of intercultural routes for primary and secondary schools, and since 2012 he has collaborated with the Guggenheim Museum.
Since 1983, she has collaborated with important associations for all contemporary art exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 1995, he has accompanied groups organised by these associations to the Venice Biennale. To his credit are numerous art publications.

Le Dimore del Quartetto
Le Dimore del Quartetto (go to website to learn more +)is a creative cultural enterprise that supports young international string quartets and chamber music ensembles in launching their careers and enhances European cultural heritage, in a circular economy.

Born in 2015 from an idea of Francesca Moncada, Le Dimore del Quartetto develops from a simple exchange: on the eve of an artistic engagement, musicians are hosted free of charge in a mansion for up to a week and, in return, they offer a concert to the owners during their residency period. In this circular economy, the residences become a precious resource for the quartets and vice versa: opportunities to meet in unusual places and often decentralized territories are created, bringing back to life spaces that are not fully used and bringing a new audience to chamber music.

Today, Le Dimore del Quartetto, counts the participation of 91 chamber music ensembles (string quartets and trios, and with piano) with musicians from 41 different countries, 280 historical residences in 17 countries.
With a consolidated network in the field of music and cultural heritage, it deals with projects through the organization of festivals and travel itineraries, masterclasses, master classes and training courses for musicians, educational projects for associations, schools and universities, training and team-building activities for companies, residencies and concerts in historic houses and other places of cultural interest.

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