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Summer Edition 2015

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with guest of honor Jose Carreras
A benefit concert with funds earmarked for the children who are still suffering from the devastation of the earthquake in Nepal. The concert stars a cast of singers and the flute virtuoso Andrea Griminelli, with the Roma United Orchestra conducted by David Giménez.  Tenors José Carreras, Russell Watson (crossover artist known as "the people's tenor) and Alessandro Safina, soprano Cynthia Lawrence (Metropolitan Opera) and mezzo-soprano Carly Paoli (whose debut album, to be released next year, features Carreras), plus surprise guests.
Free tickets can be picked up at the box office of the Teatro dell'Opera in Piazza Beniamino Gigli. You will then be instructed on how to make a donation to the UNiCEF Fund.
Baths of Caracalla
Sunday, July 19, 9 pm


At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, a series in the air-conditioned Sala Santa Cecilia and Sala Sinopoli.
tel 892 982 www.listicket.it

Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
George Pehlivanian, conducting, Uto Ughi violin

The virtuoso Ughi is one of Italy's most important violinists.
Sala Santa Cecilia, Thursday, July 23, 9 pm
Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville
Beethoven: Romance for violin n. 1
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Bizet/Sarasate: Carmen Fantasie
Ravel: Bolero 


Filarmonica della Scala
Daniel Harding, conducting; Alessandro Taverna, piano

The young Italian pianist was the winner of the 2003 Scriabin Competition in Grosseto and the 2009 London International Piano Competition. Daniel Harding is the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He will assume the position of principal conductor of th Orchestre de Paris with the 2016-17 season.
Sala Sinopoli, Saturday, September 5, 9 pm
Beethoven: Piano Concerto n. 3
Dvorak: Symphony n. 8

Orquestra Juvenil Universitaria E. Mata (Mexico)
Gustavo Rivero Weber, conducting

Lluvia Ruelas, soprano;  José Luis Ordoñez, tenor
Sala Santa Cecilia, Monday, September 14, 9 pm
De Falla: Danza rituale del fuoco
Paganini: Violin Concerto n. 2 "La Campanella"
Popular Mexican Melodies



Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitrij Kitajenko, conducting; Boris Berezovsky, piano

Subsequent to Berezovksy's London debut at Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as ‘an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power’. Two years later, he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He performs with leading orchestras worldwide and records for the Teldec label. Dimitri Kitaenko has been principal guest conductor of the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra since 2012.
Sala Santa Cecilia, Tuesday, September 15, 9 pm
Prokofiev: Symphony n. 1 "Classical"
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto n. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony n. 4


Evenings of Great Music at the Courtyard of Sant' Ivo 

Corso Rinascimento 40 (near Piazza Navona)
Music under the stars in this magnificent courtyard designed by Borromini.
€22-12, tel 06 868 00125 

International Chamber Ensemble: The Eternal Fascination of Melody
Music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Lennon and McCartney, Mancini, Piazzola, Kern, Gershwin
August 6 and 8, 9 pm

Orchestra dell'International Chamber Ensemble: The Unforgettable Soundtracks of Great Cinema
Music from Il Padrino, Schindler´s List, Star Wars, The Addams family, Mondo Cane, The Music Man, Cenerentola, The Mission, Sister Act, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fiddler on the Roof, Jurassic Park 
July 18 and 21, August 7 and 11,  9 pm

Cuartetango Ensemble: Noche de Tango
An evening of tango featuring Raul Dousset flute;  Giuliano Bisceglia, violin;  Gianfranco Benigni, cello;  Luis Gabriel Chami, piano with Argentine dancers Marcelo Alvarez and Sabrina Amato 
July 25, 9 pm 

Solitaire Ensemble: Let's Swing
Nostalgic music from the swing era.
July 23, 9 pm

Symphonic Concert with violin soloist Giuliano Bisceglia
Music of Rossini, Mozart and Beethoven
July 28 and 30, August 1 and 4, 9 pm 


Music at the Teatro Marcello 
Near the end of the Roman Republic, the Emperor Augustus, as a gift to his nephew, ordered the building of a huge theater, seating 11,000 spectators. Augustus died five years before the theater was completed in 13 BC, but the name stuck. Today, the upper stories of the Teatro Marcello have been converted into luxury apartments, while the lower section and the surrounding area is a fascinating archeological site, used for open air concerts in the warmer months, usually piano recitals and small chamber groups.
Via del Teatro Marcello 44
The price of the ticket includes a guided tour of the archeological site.
€36 under 21 and over 65 €10.


Popular Music, Rock, World, Jazz 

Carl Cox

British house and techno DJ and producer Cox formed two record labels and now performs yearly at various music festivals. He was voted the No. 1 Rave DJ in 1992 and No. 1 DJ in the World in 1996 and 1997 by DJ Magazine. He is a ten time DJ Awards winner, three time International Dance Music Awards winner and an NME Award winning artist. He is currently ranked the No. 1 Global Techno and Techno House DJ by the DJ List.
Stadio Olimpico, Piazzale del Foro Italico 
Saturday, July 25
tell 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Antonello Venditti

The Italian pop star who rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like 'Lo Stambecco Ferito', 'Marta', 'Compagno di Scuola' and 'Campo de' Fiori', on tour with his latest release, Tortuga.
Stadio Olimpico, Piazzale del Foro Italico 
Saturday, September 5
tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it


Luglio Suono Bene
The annual festival, held in the outdoor amphitheater, the Cavea, at the Parco della Musica. 
Shows begin at 9 pm. For tickets tel 892 982 www.listicket.it  

Alessandro Mannarino: "Corde 2015"

Singer-songwriter  Mannarino, winner of the Premio Gaber, has released three best-selling albums and toured the US and Canada.
Friday-Saturday, July 17-18, 9 pm  



Stefano Bollani: "Sheik yer Zappa"
The versatile pianist and composer, a great virtuoso and stylist comfortable in jazz as well as classical music.
Sunday, July 19 9 pm €31-22



Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Harper has sold millions of albums and been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, winning two for his band's collaboration with The Blind Boys of Alabama  on the album "There Will Be A Light." Last year Harper won a Best Blues Album Grammy for his recording with Charlie Musselwhite, "Get Up."
Monday, July 20, 9 pm €85-60



Mark Knopfler and Band
The multiple Grammy-winning guitarist and his band. Knoplfer has played with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, Van Morrison and Emmylou Harris, and has composed scores for numerous films. His new solo album is  "Tracker."
Tuesday, July 21, 9 pm €90-50 

Anastacia: "Resurrection"

The American singer with her latest release. She is known as a little woman with a big sound, and "a white woman with a black voice." One of the best-selling female vocalists of all time, "Resurrection,"  reached the top ten in several countries.
Wednesday, July 22, 9 pm €60-35

"Fiorella Mannoia Live"

The Italian pop star on tour with her new release "Fiorella", an anthology album, celebrating her 60th birthday and 46-year long career. 
Thursday, July 23, 9 pm €55-35


Giovanni Allevi:"Love"

The talented composer and pianist presents his new album, addressing the idea of love in all its forms.  His album "Alien" went quadruple platinum, and his album "Sunrise," was a full symphonic composition, incorporating a violin concerto. 
Friday, July 24, 9 pm €40-22




Damien Rice
Presenting his latest release, "My Favourite Faded Fantasy" His debut album, "O" spent 80 weeks on the UK Top Album chart and 10 weeks on the Billboard 200. 
Saturday, July 25. 9 pm €52-25 


Fabrizio Moro
The Roman singer-songwriter with his latest release "Via della girandole 10." He won the Mia Martini award at the Sanremo festival for his song "Pensa", dedicated to victims of the Mafia.
Sunday, July 26, 9 pm €27-23

Paolo Conte: "Snob"

One of Italy's greatest gifts to the world, Conte is a brilliant poet, composer and visual artist. Members of his band are never less than virtuosos in their own right. "Snob," his latest album, was released last October. His music, while wholly original, incorporates a mastery of classical, blues, jazz and Latin genres. 
Monday, July 27, 9 pm €78,50 - €52,50

Mario Biondi: "Beyond"

The Italian answer to Barry White, Biondi,  primarily sings in English in an admirable replication of the style of the best American soul artists but with his own personal twists. He presents a new album with nine new songs, 
Tuesday, July 28, 9 pm €55-35 

Bjork: "Vulnicura"

The Icelandic superstar with her new album, focused on the end of a relationship.
The title is an amalgamation of the Latin words for wound and cure. The singer has sold more than 40 million discs worldwide. 
Wednesday, July 29, 9 pm €130-50

Luka Sulic & Stjepan Hauser: 2 Cellos

The self-proclaimed rockstars of the cello. Their latest album, “Celloverse”, is meant to incorporate rock, pop, classica, dance, folk.
Friday, July 31, 9 pm




Rock'n' Roma
Rome's summer rock festival at the former race track on the southern end of the Via Appia, accesible by buses 664, 654, or by train from Stazione Termini to the Capannelle stop on the Frascati line. By car take the 23 "Appio San Giovanni" exit from the GRA.
Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Via Appia 1255


The rock band has won five MTV Europe Music Awards, six Q Awards, eight NME Awards, two Brit Awards—winning "Best British Live Act" twice, an MTV Video Music Award, four Kerrang! Awards and an American Music Award. They were also nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning Best Rock Album for "The Resistance." As of June 2015, Muse had sold more than 17 million albums worldwide.
Saturday, July 18


Formed in 1996 in Turin, the band's eponymous debut album was released in the spring of 1997. The first two singles from the album Microchip emozionale, "Tutti i miei sbagli" ("All my mistakes") and "Discolabirinto" ("Discolabyrinth") were hits. They have produced seven studio albums and sold nearly 400,000 CDs.Their latest studio album, Una Nave in una Foresta, was released in September 2014.
Saturday, July 25

Lenny Kravitz

American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk and ballads. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male. He played the role of Cinna in the Hunger Games film series.
Monday, July 27


The Italian rock band from Arezzo, is named after the song "Hey Negrita", included in the 1976 Rolling Stones' album Black and Blue. They have released eight studio albums, including the platinum-selling XXX in 1997, Reset in 1999 and HELLdorado in 2008. The band also released two compilation albums, Hei! Negrita in 2003 and Déjà Vu in 2013; the latter became their first album to reach the top of the Italian Albums Chart.
Sunday, August 30


The rock band formed in NYC, gained fame with their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights (2002). Subsequent records Antics (2004) and Our Love to Admire (2007) brought them greater critical and commercial success. The band went on hiatus from 2011 through 2012. Their fifth studio album El Pintor was released in September 2014.
Wednesday, September 2



Linkin Park
The rock band from Agoura Hills, California formed in 1996, rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries.Their following studio album Meteora continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era and the third-best of the new millennium. Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart. In 2012, the band was voted as the greatest artist of the 2000s in a Bracket Madness poll on VH1. Their sixth and most recent album, The Hunting Party returned to a heavier rock sound. Linkin Park has sold over 60 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.
Sunday, September 6


Roma Incontra il Mondo
Concerts held nightly at the lake on the grounds of the beautiful Villa Ada in northern Rome, featuring artists from all over the world. Enter the park through the Via di Ponte Salario and follow the signs to the Laghetto. June 15- August 2. Gates open at 8 pm; concerts start at 10 pm. Ticket prices vary. www.villaada.org

The Notwist

The German rock band formed in 1989, has moved through heavy metal into dark indie rock, to the electronica scene.Their latest album, Close to the Glass, released in February 2014 under Sub Pop Records, was nominated for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award.
Tuesday, July 21

The alternative rock band based in Antwerp released their seventh studio album, Following Sea, in 2012.
Thursday, July 23



Eutropia L'Altra Città Festival
An outdoor summer concert venue on the site of a former stockyard near the Tiber river, Campo Boario, Testaccio.


The Jamaican.American reggae reggae fusion singer and deejay is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel".
Sunday, July 26 €22


Super Cat plus Mr. Vegas

The Jamaican deejay achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early '90s dancehall movement. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene.  
Thursday, July 30  €22

George Clinton: Parliament

Clinton was the principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along with James Brown and Sly Stone. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. 
Saturday, August 20 €20 

Gogol Bordello

The Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999. The band has appeared in a number of popular films, most notably in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated in which the lead singer, Eugene Hütz, co-starred with Elijah Wood. They have released six full-length albums, and one EP. In 2005 the band signed to punk label SideOneDummy Records and made its major record label debut with Transcontinental Hustle on Rick Rubin's American Recordings, a subsidiary of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
Wednesday, August 26 €22

Carmen Consoli

The Italian pop-rock star has released 11 studio albums, one greatest hits, one soundtrack album, two live albums, four video album and 33 singles, selling two million copies in Italy, certified by M&D and FIMI with a multiplatinum disc, 11 platinum and two gold certifications. She earned three nominations at the Sanremo Music Festival, one Targa Tenco, one Lunezia Award, seven Italian, Wind & Music Awards, one Telegatto , one David di Donatello , and two Nastri d'argento. In 2012 Consoli was appointed as a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. 
Thursday, September 10 €22


I Concerti nel Parco
A series of music and dance events held on the grounds of Rome's largest public park, the Villa Pamphili at the top of the Janiculum hill.  

Gaber, Jannacci... Noi 

Comedy act with musical ensemble.
Friday, July 17



Ode to Roman cuisine

Cooking show, video projections and live musical performances tell the story of the Rome of yesterday and today through its food. Featuring Don Pasta and Adriano Bono.
Saturday, July 18

Latin Mood 2015 

Latin jazz band featuring the terrific Italian jazz trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, who has released some 22 albums, and Argentine Javier Girotto, a long-time Rome resident, who plays the sax and a variety of other wind instruments.He has recorded ten albums with his Aires Tango ensemble, and many more with a panoply of other artists. The two collaborated on the album Latin Mood in 2008 for the EMI label.
Sunday, July 19

Uri Caine - Rhapsody in Blue

The pianist and composer known for his jazz interpretations of classical and klezmer music. This time he takes on the music of George Gershwin. With an ensemble, including Barbara Walker. 
Friday, July 24

Sarah Jane Morris: Feel the Love

The English jazz, pop and R&B singer, always a favorite with Rome audiences, began her career singing with the group Happy End. She has appeared in musical theater productions such as Weill's Three Penny Opera and released a dozen solo albums. Her latest, Bloody Rain, was released in 2014.
Monday, July 27




Colosseo Jazz Fest
Organized in collaboration with the Saint Louis Music College of Rome.
Parco San Gregorio al Celio, viale Parco del Celio
€18-13 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it

Rosario Guliani, sax and Luciano Biondini, fisarmonica
Music of the great composers of film scores, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota.
Wednesday, uly 22, 10 pm

Doctor 3
Three of Italy's most prominent jazz musicians: Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli e Fabrizio Sferra.Their latest recording contains music inspired by David Bowie, The Doors, Bee Gees, Beatles, Henry Mancini, Carole King, Leonard Cohen and Irving Berlin.
Wednesday, July 29, 10 pm

Ciao Nicola… We Sing Ammore! Concerto tributo al maestro Nicola Arigliano

Dedicated to the popular Italian crooner.
Wednesday, August 12, 10 pm


The annual summer celebration of Latin-American culture is open Wednesdays through Sundays with regular house bands and djs, as well as special events.
Parco Rosati, via delle Tre Fontana 24 (Eur)
tel  06 96 03 52 34 www.i-ticket.it





Casa del Jazz
The Villa Osio and its surrounding 2,500 square-meter park are the site of this center for jazz, which opened in Rome last year. There are practice rooms and a recording studio open to young musicians and professionals, a multi-media library and a book and record store. The auditorium hosts top names in international jazz. The restaurant, decorated in a black and white piano key theme, its walls lined with vintage portraits of jazz greats, serves an excellent supper and a Sunday buffet brunch. Come for dinner or stay after the concert for a drink at the bar. In the summer, the concerts move out of doors to the lawns of the park surrounding the villa. 
Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55 (near the Baths of Caracalla)
Tickets tel 199 109 783, information 06 704 731, restaurant 06 700 8370 www.casajazz.it