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Thu, May 23, 2024

18:00 – 20;30

Villa La Pietra,
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

Parking available

The Unconfined Music: A Journey Through the Ages with the Chamber Orchestra “Accademia degli Assetati”
6:00 PM – Concert by the Accademia degli Assetati

The program of this project was born with the need to move away from the political and land boundaries, ethical and gender barriers. A sensory wave that unites different cultures and eras.

A journey that begins in Florence with composter Lulli and continues through great pieces of classical music by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Tchaikovsky, and ending with film scores, uniting different counties and covering more than four hundred years of music history. 

But Who Reads the Light? 

7:30 PM – Art and Photography Exhibition

The artworks seen in the Limonaia are by artists Alessandra Capodacqua, Jacopo Santini, and Andrew Smaldone. They are composed of photographs and paintings that are different formally speaking yet share similar interests in researching ideas about light and shadow, as well as time and space.


Alessandra’s photographs delve into the intricate interplay between light, shadow, time, and space, revealing their influence on our perception of the world. Through her photography, she goes beyond representation, capturing moments that speak to the transient nature of human existence. In her images, tangible elements engage in a silent dialogue with intangible emotions, evoking a metaphor for life’s evanescent essence.


Part of Jacopo’s work in recent times has focused on the relationship of things with the space and light that surrounds and illuminates them, allowing us to contemplate them regardless of their function. As Henri Bergson said, ‘when things stop being useful, they begin to be’.



Andrew’s paintings are representations of interior domestic spaces. They portray a single room depicting different views of the same set of stairs and a bookshelf. The paintings are both full of light but also sometimes hazy, as the artist is working in a moment where the light is passing from a moment of clarity to a moment of almost darkness.




Featured Biographies

Accademia degli Assetati


To make a gift of culture is to make a gift of thirst. The rest is a consequence. – Antoine de Saint Exupery

The cultural volunteer organization Accademia degli Assetati ODV aims to create a sense of thirst for culture in people and in the audience who participate in concerts, as well as in young musicians who actively collaborate in its initiatives.

The Orchestra of the Accademia degli Assetati is composed of young talented musicians who enjoy performing together, offering their art, and receive lessons, advanced masterclasses with important musicians, scholarships, and support for their educational journey. The choice of refined programs, the enthusiasm, and professionalism of its young performers have allowed the orchestra of the Accademia degli Assetati to be appreciated and requested in important city organized events

M° Leonardo Pacini


M° Pacini attended the Conservatory of Ferrara, the Orchestral Professor Training Course at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and then furthered his violin studies with Miguel Angel Negri. He has collaborated with many Italian and Spanish orchestras, performing concerts at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Palau de La Musica in Valencia, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, and Teatro Comunale in Ferrara. He has participated in numerous classical music festivals, contemporary music events, and significant exhibitions of sound poetry.

After graduating with excellent marks in Instrumental Teaching with Anna Modesti in 2007, he decided to focus on teaching and in 2019, he founded the Accademia degli Assetati. As a conductor, he has performed with his students in many prestigious venues in Florence, including the Teatro Comunale, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the National, Fortezza da Basso, and in the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte

Alessandra Capodaqua


Alessandra Capodacqua, a Naples-born photographer and lecturer at NYU Florence, explores identity and gender through self-portraits using diverse devices from pinhole cameras to smartphones. Her work, displayed globally and part of collections like the Galleria degli Uffizi, also involves curating exhibitions and organizing photography festivals. As a recognized juror and portfolio reviewer, she contributes to the photography community and since 2018, advises and curates for the Collezione Donata Pizzi, featuring over 90 Italian women photographers.

Alessandra’s Website

Andrew Smaldone


Andrew Smaldone, born in Denver, Colorado, has shown his work widely in Europe, the US, and the UK. He has participated in numerous residencies and is the recipient of awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. In his practice, he aims to cultivate different approaches to making work and believes that painting & drawing can bring him closer to his artistic interests and research. He is lecturer of Drawing I for Non-Majors at NYU Florence and Professor of Fine Art & Academic Dean SRISA Florence.    

Andrew’s Website

Jacopo Santini


Jacopo Santini, born in Florence, combines documentary photography with a narrative approach in which image and text coexist. Lecturer at NYU, the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence, where in the last two years he has been holding a seminar on photographic language, and Leica Akademie, he is currently working on a project on the memory of Metz Yegern, the Armenian genocide.

Jacopo’s Website (currently under renovation)