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Thursday, September 20 to
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Tulip Fever
Nuovo Olimpia

The Incredibles 2
Multisala Lux
Dei Piccoli

Bohemian Rhapsody
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Mission Impossible: Fallout

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September 21 - October 4, 2018

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Not much going on this month as the city slowly reawkens from its summer doldrums, but a couple of special events worth noting.

                                                            A Taste of Roma
An annual event on the grunds of the Parco della Musica, featuring tastings from some of Rome's most famous chefs, including Angelo Troiani from teh Michelin-starred Acquolina, Heinz Beck from the Michelin-starred La Pergola, Christine Browerman from Glass Osteria in Trastevere, Francesco Imeda from Imago at the Hassler, Roy Caceres of Metamorphosi,  Adriano Baldassarre, from the Michelin starred Tordomatto and many others. There are bars and workshops and special tastings of Scotch, Rum and Tequila, plus a play space for the kids. Tickets are sold for individual session, Thursday, September 20th from 7 pm to midnight; Friday, September 21st from 7 to midnight pm; Saturday, September 22nd from noon to 5 pm and from 7 pm to midnight; Sunday, September 23rd from noon to 5 pm and from 7 pm to midnight.

                                               Mary Beard at the American Academy
The reowned British scholar, popular writer, blogger and TV personality will discuss the idea of the human body in classical sculpture: female and male, normative and conservative, subversive and transgressive. Beard’s lecture will aim to pull apart the image of the body in classical sculpture as a dead weight on our imagination, and to follow the edgy awkwardness that the work of the Greeks and Romans bravely faced. Her topics will range from Praxiteles to Jenny Saville, from Kenneth Clark to twenty-first-century feminism. Beard is the 2018–19 Lucy Shoe Meritt Resident in Classical Studies and Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome. The event is free but get there early, and be sure to bring a photo ID. You can also watch the lecture livestream at American Academy, Villa Aurelia, Tuesday, September 25, 6 pm.


Coming up at the Symphony
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, Maestro Antonio Pappano opens the season of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia with a concert performance of West Side Story, starring two young singers who have already made their Metropolitan Opera debuts: Nadine Sierra as Maria  and Alek Shrader as Tony. Friday-Sunday, October 12-14. Then the Russia piano sensation Daniil Trifonov performs Rachmaninoff's prodigious third piano concerto on a program that also includes Glinka's popular Ruslan and Ludmila overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony n. 4, November 8-10. . Closer to the holidays, Manfred Honeck returns to conduct the symphony and chorus in Haydn's Mass in the Time of War,  in a program that also includes Mozart's motet Exultate Jubilate for soprano and orchestra, with Regula Mühlemann and Beethoven's Piano Concerto n. 3 performed by Paul Lewis. December 13-15. Martha Argerich fans will be thrilled to know that the great pianist will join Mischa Maisky cello, Antonio Pappano piano, Kyoko Taekzawa violin and soloists of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in the Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, and the Shostakovich Sonata for cello and piano. Sunday, December 16. All performances at the Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Chamber Music at La Sapienza
The season of concerts at the Aula Magna on the campus of Rome's univeristy, La Sapienza, has just been announced. Among the evenings we won't want to miss: The season opener, the Wiener Concert-Verein, in  a program of music by Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky and Brahms,   Tuesday, October 16; the Orchestra del XVIII secolo Cappella Amsterdam performs Haydn's oratorio The Seasons using period instruments, Saturday, October 20; Virgin Classics recording artists the Ebène Quartet, perform music of Beethoven, Ravel and Brahms, Tuesday, November 6; Georgian pianist Mariam Batsashvili, who was the first female in history to win the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, is in recital Saturday, November 17; the renowned Quartetto Cremona, artists in residence at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, perform music by Mozart, Saturday, Dcember 1.

And on a Lighter Note
The American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper, who rose to fame with his 1994 debut album Welcome to the Cruel World will be at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Giovanni Allevi, the pianist, composer and conductor, will assume all three roles in a concert of his music, performing with strings of the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Known for his hit recordings Alien, Sunshine and Equilibrium , his compositions fall into the wide gap between classical and popular music. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Wednesday, December 26. For lovers of vintage rock, America, the band formed in England in 1970, appears in its most recent incarnation at the Auditorium della Conciliazione, Saturday, October 13.  Italian pop star Laura Pausini, the first Italian female artist to win a Grammy award, is at Palalottomatica, Tuesday-Wednesday, October 30-31. A Perfect Circle, the American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keena is at the Palalottomatica Wednesday, December 19.  And the annual Gospel festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, once again features the Harlem Gospel Choir, arugably the best of its kind in the world, December 28-29. They always sell out, so reserve now if you can.

RomaEuropa Festival
The annual festival brings cutting-edge performances anv fine arts to the Eternal City from September through December. There's always a lot to see, and three or four not-to-be-missed events. This year, the prime ticket is the 2012 oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, by John Adams, arguably the most successful creator of opera in the world, with work like Nixon and China already part of the repertoire in major international houses.  The libretto, by Peter Sellars with contributions by Rosario Castellanos, Rubén Darìo, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Hildegard von Bingen, June Jordan and Primo Levi, takes the point of view of Mary Magdalene. The work will be performed by the Orchestra and Chorus o the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, conducted by the composer, with the Kelley O'Connor, for whom the role was written, singing Mary Magdalene. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia, Friday-Sunday, Noveber 2-4. Also of special interest, Leon Janacek's Diary of One Who Vanished, 22 songs for tenor and piano, plus 3 songs for a choir of women and a mezzo-soprano written by the composer Annelies Van Parys,  the story of a young man obsessed with a mysterious gypsy, is directed by Ivo Van Hove, artistic director of the Amsterdam Toneelgroep at the Teatro Argentina, Saturday, October 6. Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark, a live recording performed by the German Ensemble Moderne and released in 1993, will be recreated by the Accademia Teatro alla Scala's orchestra and teh Esemble Giorgio Bernasconi, conducted by Peter Rundel, who directed the work in 1992 at the Frankfurt Film Festival. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli, Wednesday, October 10. Peter Brook and Marie-Hèlène Estienne's production The Prisoner in which a multi-ethnic cast explores the meaning of the term justice in a world where prisoners and guardians scrutinize each other by asking themselves the same questions? At the Teatro Vittoria, October 11-2.

Festa del Cinema di Roma
The Rome Film Festival, an annual event, takes place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, October 18-28. Expect major premieres, a red carpet, a scattering of Hollwood celebrities, and a festival village with temporary screening rooms, bars, restaurants, shops and installations of the sponsor's wares. This year, the festival bestows career awards on Isabelle Huppert and Martin Scorsese and Cate Blachett, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore and Pierre Bismuth will appear in a live interview. The novelist and essayist Jonathan Safran Foer will talk about the relationship between film and literature. The program of films has yet to be announced.  Honoring the 75th anniversary of "Black Saturday," October 16, 1943, when the German gestapo rounded up Rome's Jews for deportation, three dcoumentaries will be screened — A Retata, by Ruggero Gabbai, 1938 – Quando scoprimmo di non essere più italiani by Pietro Suber aand Who Will Write Our History by Roberta Grossman, produced by Nancy Spielberg and based on the homonymous book by Samuel Kassow. The new History Channel Watergate series, directed and produced by Charles Ferguson, will be presented at the festival. Festival. We'll bring you updates as they are announced.

Major Exhibitions Opening This Fall

Andy Warhol
, an exhibition honouring the nintieth year since the birth of one of the most acclaimed artists of our time presents 170 works. Opens at the Complesso Vitttoriana, October 2. Also at the Vittoriana: Pollock and the New York School. Works by the artists who shaped American art after WWII: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and many others, on loan from the Whitney Museum. Opens October 10. Ovidio, a bimillennial celebration of the culture and society of Rome during the first age of Imperial Rome at the Scuderie Del Quirinale, opens October 17. Dream: L’arte incontra I sogni, a group show featuring the works by international artists including Giovanni Anselmo, Anselm Kiefer, Tasuo Miyajima, Doris Salcedo, Ettore Spalletti, James Turrell, Bill Viola and others. At the Chiostro Bramante, opens September 28. Je suis l’autre an exhibition dedicated to Primitist style practiced in the 20th century., 80 masterful works by Giacometti, Picasso and other artists, along with masterpieces of ethnic and pre-columbian artworks. At the Terme di Diocleziano, opens September 28. Le Violon d’Ingrès centered around the figure of Victor Hugo with a selection of his drawings, the exhibition presents the passions and the obsessions of Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, Sergueï Mikhailovich Eisenstein, Federico Fellini, Jean Genet, Franz Kafka, Pierre Klossowski, Carlo Levi, Nelson Mandela, Louise Michel, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arnold Schönberg, and contemporary artists Etel Adnan, Chantal Akerman, Chris Kraus, Pierre Guyotat, Abbas Kiarostami, David Lynch, Patti Smith and Robert Wilson. At the Accademia di Francia, Palazzo Medici, opens November 1.

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