Two Mad Italians – And a dinner at Braemar College

Back by popular demand, and with the support of the Italian Institute of Culture, accordionist Pietro Roffi and violinist Davide Monti return to Australia for one performance only together at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.
There will be one other chance to see Roffi: He will be the feature artist at the Festival Finale Dinner at the stunning Jackson Hall at Braemar College, with locally-made cuisine prepared by famous local chefs Kathryn Russack and Hal Riches. Even better – the meal will be carefully matched with the wines of Mount Towrong.
Roffi’s debut at the festival (and in Australia) in 2016 thrilled and astounded audiences – particularly those who believed they knew what they could expect from an accordion. Stylistically and technically brilliant, Roffi is considered one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. He has won more than 15 national and international competitions, and regularly tours Europe and the globe to perform a repertoire of classical, baroque and contemporary music.
The performance Roffi Nella Foresta at the Festival Finale Dinner, celebrating the end of the 14th year of the regional festival of music, arts and ideas, will be the second performance by Roffi. The first – on the Saturday evening at St Ambrose Church – will be with compatriot Monti.
Seasoned virtuoso violist Monti has attracted a loyal following since he was first featured at the festival. He remains one of Italy’s national musical treasures with exceptional talent and a unique expressive, energetic style.
Bringing together the duo, Two Mad Italians promises will showcase the ability for the pair to communicate, wrestle (musically) and energise each other to greater improvisational heights, drawing on every ounce of technical ability and inspiration they can muster.
*Two Mad Italians, one performance only 8pm, Saturday June 9 ($45 / $40 concession / $25 child).
Festival Finale Dinner @ Jackson Hall, Braemar, 5.45pm Monday June 11 ($85 – includes, dinner, performance and bus transport to and from St Ambrose to Braemar). The festival dinner is proudly supported by Braemar College, Colenso Kyneton, Organs Buses, Rohan and Amanda Millar.

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend – June 8-11, with free fireworks on opening night at Buffalo Stadium in Woodend. Look for brochures in local outlets across the Macedon Ranges. Full details of the festival program and ticket purchases are available at www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au

NOTE: Due to a change in circumstances, there has been a program change to events featuring Pietro Roffi, who unfortunately cannot be at this year’s festival as planned. The Festival Finale dinner will now feature four upcoming opera stars from Victoria Opera and the Melba Trust who will present an evening of well-known opera classics, Gilbert and Sullivan and some surprises! Another Mad Italian will join violinist Davide Monti for the Two Mad Italians performance. Accordionist Salvatore Greco has been performing and honing his skills as an accordionist since his childhood in Italy and now plays with Melbourne-based ensembles, including Italian traditional music combo Bella Ciao and French bands La Mauvaise Reputation and Nuit Blanche.

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