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Friday, April 21 - Thursday, May 4, 2017

Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Juraj Valcuha conducting, Evgeni Bozhanov piano soloist

Maestro Valcuha is the current principal conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro San Carlo, Naples. Fellow Bulgarian Evgeni Bozhanov was the winner of the 2010 Chopin Competitionin Warsaw. The little known "Elegiac Song" of Beethoven dates from 1814 and is dedicated to his friend and patron Baron Johann Baptist von Pasqualati of Osterberg, whose wife Eleonore had died three years earlier at the age of 24.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Friday, April 21, 8:30 pm; Saturday, April 22, 6 pm
€52-19 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Beethoven: Elegischer Gesang op. 118
Beethoven: Piano Concerto n. 3
Bartók: Concerto for orchestra


William Walton: Façade, An Entertainment

With tenor Ian Bostridge, soprano Sophie Daneman and the Roma Sinfonietta, Fabio Maestri conducting
This is a rare opportunity to hear the Walton work, in whichpoems by Edith Sitwell are recited over an instrumental accompaniment by William Walton. Sitwell began to publish some of the Façade poems in 1918, in the literary magazine Wheels. In 1922 many of them were given an orchestral accompaniment by Walton, Sitwell's protégé. The "entertainment" was first performed in public in 1923, and achieved both fame and notoriety for its unconventional form. Ian Bostridge, one of the world's leading tenors, is best known for his performances of works by Britten, Mozart, music of the baroque, and lieder. His many recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for fifteen Grammys.Also on the program: Casella's Sinfonia for piano, clarinet, trumpet and cello op. 53/54
Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro (Garbatella)
Saturday, April 22, 5:30 pm
€25-15, under age 30 €8, under age 18 €5 tel 892 234 www.vivaticket.it

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano conducting, with pianist Yuja Wang
The extraordinary Chinese pianist was already a major soloist by the age of 21. In 2002, Wang won the Aspen Music Festival's concerto competition, and four year later, she made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Wang's breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich in concerts held in Boston, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Charles Dutoit conducting.   She records for the Deutsche Gramophon label.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 pm; Friday, April 28, 8:30 pm; Saturday, April 29, 6 pm
€52-19 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Dubugnon: Caprice Romain- world premiere
Tchaikovsky: PIano Concerto n. 1
Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Orchestra Roma Tre, E. Frezilli piano, and Andrea Nocerino, cello
The excellent student orchestra of Rome's third university.
Danish Academy
Via Omero 18 (Pinciano)
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm
€8,50, reduced €7,50, regularly enrolled students of Roma 3 €2,60 tel 06 57332437

Schumann: Cello concerto in A minor, op. 129 
Beethoven – F. Liszt: Symphony n. 8 in F major op. 93 (transcription)

Nel salotto di Bach
A recital of the Conservatory students.
Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia
Via dei Greci 8
Friday, April 28, 6 pm

J.S. Bach:  Corale In dir ist Freude BWV 615
                   Corale O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde grosse BWV 622          
                   Prelude and Fugue in A minorBWV 543
M. Dall’Ongaro Bach Haus intermezzo in one act to a libretto by Vincenzo De Vivo

Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, conducted by Daniel Smith
with violinist Vincenzo Bolognese, narrator Toni Servillo and soprano Angela Nisi

In additon to the better-known overture, Beethoven wrote a set of nine incidental pieces for Goethe's play, Egmont, for full orchestra, soprano soloist and narrator. In this case, the narration is by one of Italy's most accomplished and beloved actors, Toni Servillo. Nisi, who sings throughout Italy, was last heard in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano. Vincenzo Bolognese, a respected soloist, was first violinist with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia for many years, a position he currently holds with the Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera. He plays a He plays an 18th century"Mattia Albani" violin.
Teatro Costanzi, Piazzale Beniamino Gigli
Thursday, May 4 8:30 pm
€20 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto n. 1 op. 19
Beethoven: Egmont,op. 84


San Giuseppe dei Falegnami al Foro Romano
Via Clivio Argentario 1
Tommaso Rossi flauto dolce, with Guido Morini harpsichord. Music of the Neapolitan baroque.
Friday, April 28, 7 pm

San Antonio dei Portoghesi
Via dei Portoghesi (between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon)
A series of concerts showcasing the historic pipe organ.
Arno Hartmann (Germany) worsk by Bach, Seixas, Hakim, Saint-Saëns, Franck
Saturday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Giampaolo Di Rosa, the church's resident organist, performs works by Bachk, Messiaen, improvisations
Saturday, April 29, noon
Giampaoli Di Rosa, performs works by Messiaen
Sunday, April 30, 6:30 pm


Popular Music, Rock, World, Jazz

Dayme' Arocena: Cubafonia
The Cuban singer presents her second release, produced by her mentor, Gilles Peterson. She has been sponsered by the Havana Cultura project – a platform for contemporary Cuban creativity driven by Havana Club rum.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Borgna
Friday, April 21,9 pm
€15 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it


Simple Minds with guest K.T. Tunstill
The Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977 were the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s, having sold 30 million records worldwide. They are best know for their 1985 hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the soundtrack of the film The Breakfast Club. Despite changes in personnel over the years, the continue to record and tour. Their latest release is last year's "Acoustic."
Auditorium della Conciliazione 4 (near Castel Sant'Angelo)
Sunday, April 23, 9 pm
€64,40-€36,65 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it


Mario Biondi "Best Of Soul - Tour"
Italy's answer to Barry White, a remarkable soul stylist with that same deep, velvety voice. He's on tour with his latest release, a collection of hits celebrating the last decade of his career.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Monday, April 24, 9 pm
€65-35 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Meryem Aboulouafa: Magic Galaxy
The Moroccan singer and cabaret performer presents her latest album, performed with acoustic guitar.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Borgna
Friday, April 28, 9 pm
€12 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it


L’Atlante di Piazza Vittorio
Lessons in geography for boys and girls, presented in a charming fashion by this ensemble of musicians from all over the world who combine their native instruments and musical styles. Even children who don't speak Italian may find this enjoyable as the music transcends language barriers.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Borgna
Sunday, April 30, 5 pm
€10 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it


Baustelle: "L'amore e la violenza"
The indie rock band formed in the 1990s in Siena, take their name from the German word for construction site. Their success began with their third album, "La Malavita," released by the Warner label in 2005.  They are currently on tour with their latest release.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Sunday, April 30, 9 pm
€34-21 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Concert for the First of May
The annual free music marathon, sponsered by the unions and held in the enormous Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, which becomes mobbed for the occasion.  Subway entrances are blocked an hour for the concert begins. There are food and beer stands surrounding the stage. And the whole thing is televised. So far, the following groups are confirmed: Bombino, Ex Otago, Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica, Samuel, Planet Funk, Brunori Sas, Ermal Meta, Edoardo Bennato, Francesco Gabbani, Ara Malikian, but expect last-minute additions.
Monday, May 1, 3-6:55, and 8-midnight

Si canta Maggio
The annual day-long project of Ambrogio Sparagna, musicologist and performer who has dedicated his life to the preservation of traditional music. In celebration of the La Festa del Lavoro, Italian "labor day"" he brings his Orchestra Popolare Italiana, Coro Popolare and children's chorus, the Coro Popolare di Vocia Bianchi together along with puppets, to the various spaces of the auditorium and its surrounding park.
Auditorium Parco della Musica,
Monday, May 1, 11 am
€15 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it
A market will simultaneously take place in the auditorium gardens, and in the afternoon, the traditional fava beans and pecorina will be offered, along with white wine.


Carmen Souza "Creology Tour"
Carmen Souza guitar, piano, vocals Theo Pascal ebass & dbass,Elias Kacomanolis percussion
Music spanning the sounds of Portugal and its former colonies, Capo Verde, Mozambique, Angolo, through Brazil and Cuba to New Orleans,.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Borgna
Wednesday, May 3, 9 pm
€18 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it