Amongst other things, Lucca is famous for being the native city of Maestro Giacomo Puccini, who lived here for many years and returned as often as he could. However, Lucca was also the birthplace of other famous musicians such as the most important Renaissance organ builder, Domenico di Lorenzo and composers Alfredo Catalani and Luigi Boccherini, to whom the city’s Institute of Musical Studies is dedicated.Lucca celebrates classical music and opera with its "Music Festival" at the beginning of May, numerous concerts held in the Teatro del Giglio throughout the year, the permanent “Puccini e la sua Lucca Festival” celebrating the maestro and composer and concerts and performances at the Boccherini Institute. However, Lucca also welcomes new musical trends and promotes modern and contemporary music initiatives. For example, jazz has always been very popular in Lucca and is promoted by such events as Lucca Jazz Donna (October - November), Montecarlo Jazz and Wine (Sundays in July and August) and Anfiteatro Jazz (at the start of June). These festivals are organised thanks to cooperation between the long-standing “Circolo Lucca Jazz” and the local municipal administrations. In addition, on 21 June, Lucca participates in the European “La Festa della Musica” event, with many initiatives in various places and a packed calendar of numerous concerts. Finally, every year for the last 20 years the Summer Festival welcomes international stars, groups and soloists of world-wide fame for a calendar of performances in the city centre from July to August.
... a city in music ... for all tastes and all ears ... and if there’s music there’s a festival!