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"We saw the king and queen at mass in the court chapel at Portici. We also saw the Vesuvio ... "
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote these words, from Naples, in a letter dated 19 May 1770 to his sister Nannerl. At fourteen, Mozart went with his father on an educational (and self-promotional) journey in Italy, stopping for quite a while in Campania and visiting Portici, where he was a guest of the Royal family and had the opportunity to perform on the organ which, even today, is kept in the court’s chapel. Places of great beauty, originally intended for a select few close to the court but, through music, made visible and accessible to the general public. MozArtBox, consistent with its celebratory intent, wants to live and let live music in a transversal way, in synergy with other forms of expression and with no limits of genre nor style. The figure of the composer from Salzburg becomes a symbol of freedom of expression and the recurring thread of an event that puts it as central theme around which, quite naturally, a thick series of variations unfolds.


From the 10th of  September the Palace of Portici hosts the historical festival

Once again the Royal Palace of Portici becomes a stage and hosts eight extraordinary concerts: also this year MozArt Box confirms its identity as an event with a strong cultural-touristic vocation.
Sponsored by the City of Portici and co-financed by the Region of Campania under the P.O. FERS 2007/13, the MozArt Box 2014 will be held from the 10th to the 18th of September with a program of events managed by Stephen Valanzuolo who, inspired by the figure of the brilliant composer icon of freedom of expression, will once again offer an interesting mix of musical genres and styles.
The Solis String Quartet and Gaetano Curreri will open the eighth edition of the summer session of the festival: wednesday, the 10th of September they will perform "Canzoni da camera" an elegant and stylish concert in which the singer of the Stadio and the Neapolitan quartet will pay homage to the Beatles, Lucio Dalla but also the many successes Curreri has written for Vasco Rossi, Patty Pravo, Irene Grandi and, of course, the Stadio.
Thursday, the 11th of September will be an important event for the international piano scene with the show "Bach for babies" that will see the performance of Ramin Bahrami, in a re-reading of Bach but also Gluck, Mozart and Brahms.
Friday, the 12th of September on stage another international star who manages to happily move  between different musical backgrounds: on the stage set in the exedra of the Palace of Portici, Uri Caine will perform as jazz pianist and will revive the atmosphere of the historic New York club ‘Village Vanguard’ accompanied by Mark Helias at the bass and Clarence Penn on drums.
Sunday, 14th of September MozArt Box 2014 will be the setting for an elegant and eclectic overview of Neapolitan songs, rock and reggae thanks to the presence of Raiz and Fausto Mesolella who will present songs from their latest album "Dago Red".
Monday, the 15th of September once again the limelight will be on Neapolitan music with the performance of the Elisabetta Serio’s quartet: for the occasion, Pino Daniele’s pianist will see her performance enhanced by the presence of Sarah Jane Morris, testimony of a collaboration started in '97 on Ronnie Scott's stage in London.
Tuesday, the 16th of September more jazz with the performances of Enrico Rava who will perform live the project "Rava tribe", now a disc of ECM; he is  accompanied by a quartet which features Gianluca Petrella.
Wednesday, the 17th of September another interesting project fusing Italian singer-songwriter music and jazz with a concert by Fabio Concato and Fabrizio Bosso: two very well known names for an event of engaging musical synergies.
Thursday, the 18th of September will close the 2014 MozArt Box edition with the captivating performance of Muzuluart, a project that unites the Austrian pianist Roland Guggenbichler and the three singers from Zimbabwe, Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu, Blessings Nqo Nkomo and Ramadu.
By combining all the intensity and spirituality of African tradition to Mozart’s music, MoZuluArt has won an exclusive space in the landscape of contemporary music.
All performances of MozArt Box 2014 will be held in the exedra of the Palace of Portici, starting at 21.00. Tickets are € 10,00 except the Art MoZulu concert that has free admission.


The Municipality of Portici has a population of 55,365, covers a total area of ​​452 hectares with a perimeter of about 13 km and it borders with Naples, S. Giorgio a Cremano and Herculaneum. In 2002, the Municipality applied for and obtained, by decree of the President of the Italian Republic, the title of city.
According to some authors the name of Portici derives from the forum’s arcades of the ancient Herculaneum. Instead, according to an ancient legend, Portici was founded by the Romans around the villa of Quintus Pontius Aquila, a Roman nobleman, a conspirer against Caesar, who fell in the battle of Modena 43 BC.
Confirming this legend, there is a finding, found under the ruins of the Mascabruno Palace, depicting an eagle, currently the emblem of the municipal coat of arms, which bears, under its claws, the initials Q.P.A.
Portici was a small country house, that in 1415, at the behest of the Queen Giovanna II, was ceded to the Neapolitan nobleman and adventurer Sergianni Caracciolo along with other territories of the Vesuvius area, in exchange for money.
First an estate, then a Captaincy from 1454, Portici became a fief in 1638, when Anna Carafa, vice queen and Capitana of Portici, bought the vesuvian houses put on the sale by the King. The Feudal era was a very dark one for the ‘porticesi’ (the name of the local inhabitants) as were the years under the rule of the cruel brothers Troise, to whom the Carafa family granted in rent the vesuvians fiefs from 1671 to 1674.
This period was also hard for the disastrous eruption of the Vesuvius in 1631, which claimed the lives of four thousand men and six thousand animals.  
To commemorate this tragedy, the scholar Father Orso who lived in the house of the Jesuits, was commissioned by the viceroy of composing the text of two tombstones. The first was walled in the border between Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata, the other was placed in Portici in front of what is now via Giordano, and then later moved to the entrance of Via del Granatello (now via Gianturco).
Portici freed itself from feudal rule by tightening an alliance with the neighbouring towns of Resina and Torre del Greco.
The 17th of December 1698 the inhabitants of Portici, Resina and Torre del Greco, together, claimed the right of first refusal on the purchase of their land and gathered, in each family, the necessary funds.
The 18th of May 1699 the President of the ‘Regia Camera della Summaria’, Don Michele Vargas Maciucca decreed that Portici, Resina, and Torre del Greco were free from the feudal bond.
The golden age of Portici, free and autonomous, began with the arrival of Charles III of Bourbon who, in 1738, decided to build there his summer residence. Around the Royal Palace the Neapolitan aristocracy built their own homes, resulting in the architectural phenomenon known as “Ville Vesuviane del Miglio d'Oro".
Located on the slopes of Vesuvius in an extremely fertile area and with mild climate, Portici overlooks the Gulf of Naples.
Holiday resort in Roman times, the first certain historical note on this part of Naples is dated 728 AD, but the settlement gained some importance only in the Middle Ages. The town belonged for centuries to several medieval lords, among which we can mention the Carafae, the Migliano.
Seriously damaged by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631, Portici flourished during the time of Charles III of Bourbon who, in 1738, started  the construction of the famous Villa Reale.
In the Bourbon period Portici’s economy experienced a rapid development that changed the appearance of the town and boosted sea and land traffic.
The first sign of this development was the creation of the Bourbon Port Granatello began in February of 1774.
The most obvious symbol of the city’s development, however, was the inauguration the 3rd of October 1839 of the first Italian railway line: the Naples-Portici line. It was 7,411 meters long and was covered for the first time in 11 minutes by two trains pulled by twin locomotives, Bayard and Vesuvio, designed by the engineer Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie, following the prototype of the famous Rocket of the Englishman George Stephenson's.
Ferdinand II of Bourbon in the 40s of the XIX century, built a rail factory in Pietrarsa emblem of the industrialization process initiated by the King in the wake of the success of the application of the steam engine.
Since 1873 the Royal Palace houses the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Naples.
Portici has today an economy based mainly on agriculture (cereals, vegetables, fruits, wine, olives oil), but there are also processing industries such as flour mills, pasta factories, canning factories and shipyards. It has a good commercial port, an inland agricultural products market and owns some industries (polygraphic, textile, chemical, pasta, wood and clothing).
The most interesting architectural site of Portici is the Villa Reale: its park is the headquarters of the Botanical garden, an institution of great ecological and scientific importance.
Last but not least, the National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa that has enormous historical significance.



MozArt Box 2014
Portici: Palazzo Reale

Wednesday 10th of September
Canzoni da Camera


A concert full of style and elegance that explores the panorama of singer-writer music, with homage to the likes of the Beatles, Lucio Dalla not forgetting the many hits written by Curreri for the  Stadio, Vasco Rossi, Patty Pravo, Irene Grandi. A unique voice and a refined ensemble for a passionate tribute to songs: E dimmi che non vuoi morire, Prima di partire per un lungo viaggio, Un senso, Acqua e sapone, Un disperato bisogno d'amore, Sorprendimi, Ballando al buio, Chiedimi chi erano i Beatles, Sally,  Caruso. I nostri anni…


Thursday 11 September
Bach for Babies

Ramin Bahrami, piano
Musics by Bach, Gluck, Mozart, Brahms

"A few months ago - writes Bahrami, about the cd "Bach for Babies "- I became the father of a little girl, who came into the world already having heard a lot of music by Bach, played by her mother, an organist, and me. This disk could not have existed before Shanin Maria. But now, yes ... I am convinced that it is never too early to appreciate Bach and surrender to him. Bach has changed my life, giving me the strength to continue, to have confidence in the power of art, even in the darkest moments. For this reason I wish that no human being is deprived of the opportunity to know and appreciate his music and I would like people to begin doing it in the early years, because it is never too early to feel the beauty, to be comforted."


Friday 12th September

Uri Caine, pianist and composer at the top of the international scene, always happily balancing between different musical backgrounds, performs as jazz musician and brings to life, with two extraordinary partners, the unique atmosphere of the Village Vanguard, New York’s famous  club, already immortalized in a precious disk a decade ago. An outstanding trio for a refined and engaging jam session.


Sunday 14th September
Dago Red


Dago Red is the name of the new album by Raiz, historical voice of the Neapolitan band Almamegretta, and Fausto Mesolella, guitarist and producer of the Avion Travel. The duo offers an eclectic overview of Neapolitan songs, rock, reggae with some ethnic Mediterranean suggestions. The listeners finds themselves on a journey without passport through various musical souls that end up finding many connection points.


Monday 15th of September
SARAH JANE MORRIS, special guest

Elisabetta Serio, neapolitan and winner of Lucca Jazz Donna, has worked with Pino Daniele, Rino Zurzolo, Andrea Parodi, Noa, Phil Palmer. Her music is alive, it embraces the need of an internal  escape, giving a sense of "other" from the dark, a need that is essential in these times of waiting and searching for the new. All this translates into a melodic, communicative, enjoyable verve which relies on a direct and essential lyricism.
Making the evening even more special is Sarah Jane Morris, British star able of ranging from jazz to rock and blues, thanks to a voice that captivates the audience with an extraordinary timbre and the expressive force.


Tuesday 16th of September
feat Gianluca Petrella

Enrico Rava periodically inserts in his formations new talents capable of bringing to the group the freshness of a contemporary sound.
On this basis, he developed the project "Rava Tribe", produced as a disc for ECM in September 2001. The group includes several generations of musicians, all able to show an important history and stylistic personality. Between dusk and romantic atmospheres, Rava and his four excellent partners, among which the extraordinary Petrella, with their evocative jazz, enchant the audience at all times, across Afro-American plains and enthralling pulsions with Scandinavian flavour.


Wednesday 17th September
Fabio Concato meets Fabrizio Bosso

An exceptional duo, for a performance of engaging musical synergies: on one side one of the biggest names of Italian music, on the other one of the most amazing trumpet talents in the contemporary jazz scene.
The meeting between Fabio Concato and Fabrizio Bosso is much more than a musical duo: it is an evocative mix, in which the art of sound, dedicated to beauty and to the rediscovery of big hits, can be transformed into something magical, liberating, cathartic.


Thursday 18th of September
Mozart in an African style

MoZuluArt is a project born of an encounter between the Austrian pianist Roland Guggenbichler and the three Zimbabweans singers Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu, Blessings Nqo Nkomo and Ramadu,.
What ensues is a merger in the name of the contamination of cultures, traditional Zulu music with classical music, mainly based on Mozart’s compositions.
By combining all the intensity and spirituality of African tradition to Mozart’s creations, MoZuluArt has won an exclusive space in the landscape of contemporary music.

All the exhibitions will begin at 21.00.


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