Classical music savoured in silence and the splendour of the Belluno Mountains: the Dino Ciano Festival, the prestigious event that has reached international acclaim, thanks to its unique location and the quality of its repertoire, returns to Cortina. The 2010 edition will take place from July 24th to August 8th and will host concerts, introductory talks and guided visits to the various interesting places around Cortina and the Cadore area. The opening of the festival will have a Chopin theme with the virtuous and romantically melancholic piano performance of Pietro De Maria, who will play a series of night pieces, ballads and sonatas. These will be followed by additional events that will bring together, in a delicate but fascinating union, local culture and great classical music. On Monday 29th - the multimedia show I Monti Pallidi Luson de Luna, combining texts, sounds and images and with the participation of the Cortina choir, the Music Orchestra of Cortina dAmpezzo e the Dino Ciano Accademy; on Friday 30th - Chopin piano pieces with Jeffrey Swan and Claudio Martinez Mehner and a Schumann quintet performed by Swann with Quartet Fauves Giovani of the Fiesole School Music; and on Saturday 31st - the great maestro Salvatore Accardo (violin) and Laura Manzini (piano).August will just be as exciting: from Sunday 1st the Festival will host concerts of the Ensemble and Performers from the Scale Theatre Academy. From Friday 6th there will be the trio of Gidon Kremer (violin Khatia Buniati Shvili (pianoforte) and Giedre Dirvanauskaite (leading cello of the Kremerata Baltica). Not to be missed are the concerts of the well qualified young pianists of the Dino Ciani Academy (25th to 28th July 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th August). The closing event of the festival on August 8th will be a concert played by the Young pianists of the Dino Ciani Academy.The venues for the festival events are as follows: Convention Hall of the Alexander Girardi Hall, Hotel Ancora, Hotel Serena, Cristallo Palace Hotel, Parc Hotel Victoria, Grand Hotel Savoia, Don Pietro Alver Village Hall in Cortina dAmpezzo, Village Hall in Lozzo di Cadore, Auditorium Cos.Mo Pieve di Cadore, La Scola Hall in Borca di Cadore.All concerts start at 9pm apart from the finale on August 8th which is scheduled to start at 6pm.