We have decided to return to Bologna in 2023 to see our friends and see the city again in a slightly different season of the year. We will be there during most of October and the beginning of November.
One of the reasons we are going is to present a concert in Bologna. Last January we became friendly with Lynn Rice-See and David See. Both are professional pianists, and David is a composer. We had connected online through the NYC choral group C4; the Boston choral group Triad was a member of the C4 network.
STRADE BOLOGNESI and FANTASY ON CENERENTOLA
After we returned from Bologna last February I wrote a suite of piano pieces that celebrate Bologna. I named most of the pieces for streets in the historic center, and named the suite "Strade Bolognesi' (streets of Bologna). I sent these to Lynn and David, and they got interested in presenting my pieces in Bologna. David composed a "Fantasy on Cenerentola" (using tunes from the Rossini opera) for 4-hand piano, which will be a humorous and rousing conclusion to the concert. Lynn will play my pieces, and Lynn and David will perform "Cenerentola." See the poster below for date, time, and location.
We hope to have the concert recorded (audio, and we hope, video) so that we can share the event with those who can't attend in person.
We are excited to be going back to Bologna. We plan to do a lot of walking under the porticoes, seeing our friends, and we plan to again volunteer to help people learn English at the Sala Borsa library. We may take a side trip to Siena to see a friend who is teaching there. I am sure that a month will feel short - there is so much to do!