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“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle”: UmbriaEnsemble concert inspired by the poetic art of Dante Alighieri. (#IICMONTREALYOUTUBESERIES)



“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle”: UmbriaEnsemble concert inspired by the poetic art of Dante Alighieri. (#IICMONTREALYOUTUBESERIES)

The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal, in collaboration with the Comitato di Montréal della Società Dante Alighieri and the Umbrian Regional Association of Montreal, is pleased to present, on the occasion of the celebrations of the VII Centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1321-2021), the video concert conceived, performed for the first time and produced by UmbriaEnsemble for the same Institute. The project is also one of the events of the program developed, thanks to the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal with the Center d'études médiévales of the Université de Montréal, McGill University and Concordia University, to celebrate the VII Centenary of Dante's death Alighieri.

Saturday April 24th, 3:00pm (Montreal), 9:00pm (Rome)


YouTube channel of the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal

E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle is a live concert (in live recording) with three musicians from the UmbriaEnsemble (viola, cello and piano), on stage with narrative voices, both in Italian and in French, and original music specially composed by Fabrizio De Rossi Re, Lucio Gregoretti and Mons. Marco Frisina, well-known composers of the contemporary Italian music scene. On stage, musicians and narrating voices who declaim, in Italian and French, some Dante verses from which the music drew direct inspiration. Although tripartite, the concert of about 50 minutes, titled And then we went out to see the stars and performed by UmbriaEnsemble, is not immediately dedicated to the canticles of the Divina Commedia. The first piece, Arpie, is inspired, even in the musical sound, by the furious infernal monsters with the face of a woman and the body of a bird; the second piece, which acts rather as a short bridge, in a constant counterpoint of voice and music, evokes the value of Arnaut Daniel's lyric, defined by Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language, through the words of Guido Guinizzelli, Il miglior fabbro del parlar materno speaking for her great mastery in the use of the mother tongue, that is, of the vernacular; from here, without any interruption, we reach the music of the spheres with the rarefied, sublime and contemplative piece by Mons. Frisina, Che solo amore e luce ha per confine, with which the journey ends, commented by the splendid images of Dante's places present in Umbria. A secret and precious landscape, unknown to most, a casket of naturalistic, artistic and monumental beauties, an ideal iconographic comment on the moods evoked by Dante's music and verses. A concert that perfectly composes the contemporaneity of the musical language with the more classical heritage of Italian culture, both literary and artistic.


Luca Ranieri, Violet

Maria Cecilia Berioli, cello

Lucrezia Proietti, piano

Carlo Dalla Costa, narrating voice

Monique Boever, narrating voice


Fabrizio De Rossi Re, Arpie (Inferno, XIII), 14’

Lucio Gregoretti, Il miglior fabbro del parlar materno (Purgatorio, XXVI), 14’

Marco Frisina, Che solo amore e luce ha per confine (Paradiso, XXXIII), 19’

Scientific advice: Prof. Carlo Pulsoni (French translation of the Divina Commedia: F. de Lamennais)
Translation of Arnaut Daniel's song, “Al gaio suono”: Prof. Pietro Tripodo
Recording and Editing: Maurizio Esposito
Photos and Videos with the drone: Armando Flores Rodas

UmbriaEnsemble, animated by well-known soloists and artistically talented chamber musicians, it presents itself as an ensemble in constant musical research, defined by critics as the "spearhead" of the current Italian chamber production, modular and agile in the ensemble:from the Trio to the Octet, up to the orchestral team with the Chamber Orchestra "I Solisti dell’Umbria”.Among other things, UmbriaEnsemble was invited to represent Italy with a concert in Brussels, Cercle Royale Gaulois on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to perform in a concert for the European Parliament in Strasbourg. UmbriaEnsemble is a member of the Music and Great War Association which operates in the field of research and promotion of music written in the war period with the high patronage of the Mission Structure for the Commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War.

Cecilia Berioli, graduated in cello at the “F. Morlacchi ”in Perugia, she then specialized in Chamber Music with Peyer and D. De Rosa (Trio di Trieste); in Cello with S. Palm (Rome, Lerici, Perugia, Bologna, Bern, Blonay-Vevey ...) for the modern and contemporary repertoire and for the classical repertoire with D. Grosgurin (Virtuosité, Geneve); and, for a long time, with A. Bonucci, under whose guidance he brilliantly obtained the Specialization Diploma at the Academy of Music in Pescara, and, subsequently, the Specialization Diploma in Cello with a special prize at the National Academy of S. Cecilia in Rome. Subsequently obtained the II Level Diploma, executive / interpretative address, at the Conservatory of Perugia. She was the first cello of several orchestras: Symphonia Perusina, Umbrian Philharmonic, The Rome Group, Symphonic Orchestra of Perugia, Sinfonietta Festival, Umbrian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Soloists of Perugia. From 1995 to 2000 collaborated regularly with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra (Turin) both participating in the institutional activity of the Orchestra (Concert Season at the Lingotto / Auditorium and tours abroad) and as a member of the chamber ensemble developed within to the same Orchestra.As a soloist and in chamber ensembles, he has toured in France, England, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Portugal, Bulgaria, Russia, Morocco, Malta, Greece, Japan, Belarus, Cyprus, United States United States, China, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, Canada, South America, HongKong. A successful activity crowned, in the summer of 2007, by the invitation to play in Quintet with the Empress of Japan Michiko on the piano.Has recorded and recorded, among other things, for Raiuno, Raidue, Raitre, BMG, Sony, Brilliant Classics, Quadrivium, Dynamic, Tactus, UmbriaJazzRecord., La Maggiore / IMAIE, Giottomusic, Camerata Tokyo. Among her many activities, she has been the artistic director of UmbriaEnsemble since 2011. Lastly, she was awarded the 2018 "Donna Sapiens" award established by FIDAPA-BPW Italy and, in 2019, the prestigious UmbriaRoma Award for the "Music" sector.

Lucrezia Proietti she completed her academic studies at the Afam Briccialdi Institute in Terni followed by Angelo Pepicelli and completed her training with Piero Rattalino at the Santa Cecilia Foundation in Portogruaro, where she obtained a diploma in concert. After high school, she graduated in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". For a few years she was an active part of a project for the dissemination of Italian music and culture in Latin America (this led her to play in the Argentine Astor Piazzolla Theater in La Plata, the Usina de l'Arte in Buenos Aires, the Anita Villalaz of Panama City and in many theaters and concert halls in southern Brazil). In Italy and in Europe, thanks to important chamber collaborations, has played, among other things, in the concert seasons of the Budapest String Festival, the Roman Philharmonic Academy, the Milan Concert Society, the Stresa International Weeks (where she participated also to an integral of Prokofieff's Sonatas for solo piano), the Amici della Musica di Firenze and the Jeunesses Musicales. Has collaborated as a soloist with I Solisti Aquilani, the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Padua and Veneto.

Luca Ranieri, graduated in violin, viola and singing, he subsequently studied with Felix Ayo, Gervase de Peyer, Ulrich Koch, Elena Rizzieri. As a soloist he has performed in prestigious rooms such as the Auditorium Nacional de Musica in Madrid, the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg, the Clementinum Theater in Prague, the Auditorium of the Foro Italico in Rome, the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo. He has recorded for the labels Tactus, BMG, Bongiovanni, Quadrivium, Dinamic, and made live recordings for Raiuno, Raidue, Raitre and Radiodue. He recorded the concert in Eb Mag. For viola and strings by A. Rolla, the concert in D Mag. By F.A. Hoffmeister, M. Haydn's double concerto for viola and organ, G.P. Telemann and the concert in G Min. By Vivaldi, for the Camerata Tokyo label. With the same label he recorded the complete of the Six Suites by Bach BVW 1007-1012 for Viola which international critics have reviewed as follows: "The sound of the polished and elegant viola played by the Italian master who recorded this long-awaited album given out a fresh light to the well-known masterpiece "(HKM). Already the first viola of important Italian orchestras, has collaborated for a long time with the Symphony Orchestra of the RAI in Rome, and always as the first part, with the Orchestra of the Teatro S. Carlo in Naples. He is president and founding member of UmbriaEnsemble. Since December 2014 he has been a violist and founding member of the "Viotti Quartet" with which he recorded for the record company "Brilliant Classics" the complete Quartets for Strings and for Flute and Strings by G.B. Viotti. He was a teacher of violet at the Kusatsu International Summer Academy and Festival, in Japan. He holds a professorship in violin at the State Conservatory of Music in Perugia and is very didactically active with cycles of violet, violin and chamber music lessons in Italy, Europe, Asia and America.



Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

In collaboration with : Comitato di Montréal della Società Dante Alighieri

Entrance : Free