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17 November 2023 . January 8, 2024

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The "Il Legno che Canta" review will be officially inaugurated on November 16, 2023, the day on which maestro Angelo Gilardino would have celebrated his birthday, with a concert by Alberto Mesirca, one of the most esteemed Italian concert performers on the international music scene. On the same day, a preview of a ART EXHIBITION and HISTORICAL LUTHER MAKING set up at ARCA, the most prestigious exhibition venue in Vercelli.The exhibition, which will be open to the public starting from 17 November 2023 and will remain open until 8 January 2024, offers a series of important paintings, true masterpieces by some of the great Italian artists of the 19th century, and a series of guitars historic, rare and precious, built in Italy between the end of the 1700s and the first half of the 1800s. The paintings come from the private collection of a collector and merchant from Brescia who for decades has dedicated himself to the highest expression of pictorial art, especially Italian, of the 19th century. Among the works on display you will be able to admire a painting by Giacomo Grosso, the "Holy Family", a work of absolute quality and of imposing dimensions, almost measuring four meters at the base, together with extraordinary works by Massimo Taparelli D'Azeglio, by Gerolamo Induno , by Carlo Pittara, and numerous others Mestri.

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The guitars come from the collection of the Modena luthier Lorenzo Frignani, president of the "Association Liuteria Italiana", who for years has been selecting rare historical instruments of very fine workmanship, together to instruments of more recent construction made by the most renowned Italian and European luthiers.

Lorenzo Frignani has added to his collection the collection of guitars belonging to the maestro Angelo Gilardino, consisting of 4 instruments made by Pietro Gallinotti, one by Lorenzo Bellafontana, one by Nicola De Bonis and the last by Luigi Mozzani.

These guitars will be the subject of an exhibition that will be set up between 12 April and 31 May 2024 at the Leone Museum in Vercelli, with modalities that will be communicated appropriately in time.

The exhibition in ARCA will be open to the public at the following times:

Friday: 913 15/19

Saturday: 10/13 . 14/19

Sunday: 10/13 . 14/19

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The project will be accompanied by an important concert series entrusted to the talent of some of the most successful Italian concert players.


All of them had the good fortune to know Maestro Angelo Gilardino; for some he has represented a fundamental teacher in their artistic career and they have had the privilege of extending the didactic and professional relationship to a relationship of deep esteem and friendship.

All of them have masterfully performed compositions by the master of which they were often the direct dedicatees, of which they have given the absolute "premiere" and recorded interpretations of great quality.

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