As the Director of the Bari International Music Festival, it is with great pleasure to welcome you to the 2014 season, Voces Intimae. Our past seasons proved to be a tremendous success, receiving the highest praise from critics and public alike. For our 2014 season, the festival has invested the same brand of innovation in our programming, which will no doubt be a source of continued joy and inspiration for our audiences. Once again, we are pleased and honored to host some of the most acclaimed musicians hailing from all corners of the globe. Each artist is handpicked for their international renown in addition to their desire to contribute to the communities in which they play. In a larger sense, our artists are not only musicians, but also ambassadors who choose to leave behind a meaningful legacy to the audiences and students here in Apuglia. In line with our artistic vision, BIMF will continue to enrich the cultural life of Bari and Apulia by enhancing its historical and artistic traditions by gifting the region an unforgettable festival of music.
2013 was a year of new initiatives and continued expansion, which is proving to be rewarding for the festival team. We are pleased to report our first non-summer events, including highly successful Christmas Concerts in Apulia - featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists - as well as a number of workshops and masterclasses.
It is with the same joy that I extend an invitation to you to join the BIMF family as a donor. Ticket sales for the festival cover a mere 10 percent of the operating budget, and BIMF relies on the generosity of our patrons, local organizations and governmental support to maintain the quality you have come to associate with BIMF. Additionally, your support will continue to offer scholarships to Academy applicants who need it most, while continuing to promote a program that enriches the musical lives of the young artists in our surroundings.
We are looking forward to welcoming you this spring for our new edition, with the promise and the pleasure of sharing with you once again moments of art and joy, happy to be able to offer to the city of Bari and to the region of Apulia the precious gift of music.
Fernando Altamura Executive Director
A Message from the Artistic Director
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the festival program for 2014, Voces Intimae. The name of this year’s festival is inspired by the same two words which Sibelius inscribed above three chords in his friend’s manuscript of the composer’s string quartet, its purpose as elusive as the meaning of the latin text. Meaning either intimate voices or inner voices (the latter has its own musical connotations), the phrase alludes to the brooding conversation between the four players in the quartet, or perhaps Sibelius’ use of the quartet as a vehicle to voice his own furtive thoughts. While Sibelius’ use of this phrase is ambiguous, these words have a certain allure nonetheless. Music has always been a pathway to understanding man’s inner world, while chamber music is a platform for musical conversation between instruments in live time.
This year, we are thrilled to present world-renowned soprano Sherezade Panthaki who makes her debut in Bari in 2014. She will open this year’s concert series in a program titled the Baroque Voice featuring a number of dazzling and expressive arias by Handel, and a number of instrumental works that are Baroque or Baroque-inspired. Voces Intimae is centered on the enigmatic Sibelius String Quartet (“Voces Intimae”) together with a number of intimate and heartfelt works by Strauss, Rachmaninov, and Arvo Pärt. For the Love of Clara presents impassioned works of music’s most notorious love triangle - Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms - while Intimacy and Excess explores the extremes in Beethoven’s almost bipolar output in his Three Violin and Piano Sonatas, Op. 30. Our closing concert of the season In Memoriam presents two of the most touching works of the chamber music literature - the Piano Trios of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky - each work born from the pain of a close friend’s death.
The theme of this year’s festival highlights the importance of classical music in the fabric of society. Music has long been a vehicle for communicating the inexpressible: Where words fail, music speaks. We look forward to seeing you at the festival in May and June, in a celebration for exchanging ideas and sharing great music.