International star countertenor Michael Chance is holding his Summer Academy right here at the Siena School for Liberal Arts.
A Grammy-Award-winning musician of worldwide fame, Michael has recorded more than 100 albums and performed in all of the globe’s greatest concert halls. His skills as a singer are matched only by his gifts as a teacher.
Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music, Michael has selected the Siena School for Liberal Arts as the venue for his Summer Academy.
Valeria Indice, the Siena School’s own teacher of music, is a former student of Michael’s. She introduced Michael Chance to Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, and organized an initial musical seminar here several years ago. The summer of 2014 sees the first mature fruit of the happy collaboration between Michael Chance, Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, Valeria Indice and the Siena School staff: since the 18th of August, classrooms and corridors at the Siena School for Liberal Arts have resounded with the music of high-level voice, lute and theorbo students from diverse countries including Italy, England, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, Hong Kong and Guadalupe.
The team of teachers working alongside Michael boasts such outstanding names as lutenist Paul Beier, singers Elisabeth Priday and Lynne Dawson, pianist Rebecca Taylor, harpsichordist Iason Marmaras, and Alexander Technique instructor Fiona Tree. Harvard University musicologist Thomas Kelly enthralled listeners with his Tuesday evening lecture on the 1607 debut performance of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”. On Friday evening, the Tartuca Contrada will open its museum and social centre to all participants of the Summer Academy, inviting them to share nothing less than a full dinner with contrada members in exchange for interludes of song. Music and conviviality—what better way to experience Siena from the inside?
Come and savor the students’ final concerto at the Chiesa di S. Maria in Portico a Fontegiusta this Saturday, 23 August at 19.00. Then be sure to return to the same church on Wednesday, 27 August at 21.15 when Michael Chance and members of his teaching staff will give their own personal concert to say arrivederci to Siena. Until next summer.
The Summer Academy with Michael Chance—a thrilling example of the Siena School for Liberal Arts’ commitment to engage the city of Siena in ongoing creative dialogue with exceptional artists from around the world.