Pappano Conducts Bruckner
Antonio Pappano, music director of the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, is back on the podium ths week to conduct a program with a single work, the monumental Bruckner Symphony number eight. It's a prodigious composition in many ways, from the enormous size of the orchestra, to its legnth, to the profound themes it addresses. The last symphony the composer completed, it premiered in 1892 in Vienna. The work is sometimes nicknamed "The Apocalyptic", but this was not a name given by Bruckner. He did however, ascribe extramusical associations to the individual movements in a letter he wrote in 1891 to conductor Felix Weingartner. In the first movement, the trumpet and horn passage suggest the annunciation of death. In the Finale there is a death march and then a (brass) transfiguration. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, May 23; Monday, May 25; Tuesday, May 26. more
Jackson Browne: Standing in the Breach"
Browne has been on the road since his appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. last September and will continue until the tour winds up at London's Royal Albert Hall in late November. One of the most influential American musicians, guitarist, singer, songwriter and pianists, Browne has been on the scene since the 1970s. "Standing in the Breach" is his 14th album. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sunday, May 2 more
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The international headliners at the outdoor amphitheater for this year's Luglio Suono Bene fesival include Pet Shop Boys, June 25, Lauryn Hill, July 13 and Björk, July 29. This summer's two super-gigantic musical events are both held at the Baths of Caracalla. Bob Dylan and his band, June 29 and Elton John, July 12. tel 892 982. www.listicket.it.
Strehler's Nozze di Figaro
The legendary director Giorgio Strehler
(1921-1997) devised a stunningly beautiful production of Mozart's opera with sets by Ezio Frigerio, for La Scala Milan in 1980, which was reprised for the 2011-2012 season in Milan and at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. It arrives in Rome this week, conducted by Roland Böer with a cast featuring two international artists who appear both at La Scala and at the Metropolitan: Markus Werba as Figaro and Eleanora Buratto as the Countess Almaviva. Presented by the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, through June 3. more
Milagro Acustico & Flamenco Tango Neapolis: "Vento Moresco"
A celebration of the music and dance of the Mediterranean: Turkey, Sicily, Spain. Including flamenco, tango, and other dances, with 20 musicans and dancers. The title, "Vento Moresco," refers to the breeze that follows the routes of merchant ships from the Orient, who bring merchandise and men to the West with their culture, music, instruments, dances and new ideas. The show was created with the intention of highlighting the positive aspect of migration and what good can come from an encounter between cultures. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Friday, May 22. more
Equestrian Arts at the Villa Borghese
This weekend, the 83rd edition of Rome's annual equestrian extravaganza opens at the Piazza di Siena at the Villa Borghese, featuring show jumping and the awrd of the ‘Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Series’ – Division 1'. Competitions take place until 7:30 pm, Friday, May 22; from 8 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday, May 23; and from 8 am to 3 pm Sunday, May 24, followed by the awards ceremony and the always thrilling equestrian display by the 4th regiment of the Carabinieri a Cavallo, at 7:30 pm. You can watch it streaming at http://www.feitv.org, or in person. Tickets at www.vivaticket.it more
Rose Petal Showers at the Patheon
Each year, after a mass is celebrated at the Pantheon in honor of the Feast of the Pentecost, rose petals pour through the oculus, covering the floor in a fragrant red blanket. The petals, courtesy of a couple of brave men who climb to the top of the exterior dome, represent the descent to earh of the Holy Spirt. You really need to see it at least once. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Mass at 10:30 am.
The Forum by Night
It's a spectacular experience, beginning this week, both the forum of Augustus and the forum of Caesar can be seen at night, with a headset guided tour available in eight languages, and amazing projetions that restore the ruins to their former splendor. The 40-minute show takes place nightly at , 10 and 11 pm. Entrance at the stairway near Trajan's Column. Tickets are €15 or €25 for both shows, with discounts for those over age 65 and under age 26. more
In the Museums
OPENING: L’eleganza del cibo. Tales about food and fashion
coordinated with Expo 2015 the relationships among nutrition, craftsmanship and the creativity behind the “Made in Italy” lablel. Sintattica. Luigi Battisti / Claudio Adami / Pasquale Polidori, a site-specific installation opens at the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, from May 27.
Maurizio Donzelli – AD Altemps, the artist creates ever-changing environments among the museum's antique sculptures, from May 27.
CLOSING: Il Laboratorio del Genio. Drawings by Bernini, at the Palazzo Barberini, closes May 24.
CONTINUING: Gioacchino Ersoch (1815 -1902) Un architetto per Roma Capitale at the Museo di Roma-Palazzo Braschi. Florence Henri, photographs of Rome circo 1931 at the Terme di Diocleziano. David LaChapelle – Dopo il Diluvio 150 images by the American artist at the Palazzo delle Espozisione. Linee di Confine. La Natura il corpo e la città, 18 artists find inspiration in Key West, Florida, at the Museo Carlo Bilotti.La roma di Ettore Roesler-Franz, images of Rome by the 19th century watercolorist and photographer at the Museo di Roma-Trastevere. Sergio Staino. Satire and dreams A retrospective honoring the satirist best-known as the creator of Bobo at the MACRO Testaccio. Steve McCurry works by one of our most imortant contemporary photographers is at Cinecittà. Jean-Luc Moulène. Recent works by a major contemporary artist, at the Villa Medici. Barocco a Roma. La meravigila delle arti at the Palazzo Cipolla. 100 Scialoja, works by the important 20th-century Italian artist is at Macro. Marc Chagall: Love and Life, an important retrospective is at the Chiostro Bramante. Henri Matisse "Arabesques" is at the Scuderie del Quirinale. A retrospective of the work of important Italian painter and printermaker Giorgio Morandi is at the Complesso del Vittoriano. At the Capitoline Museum, L’Eta dell’Angoscia da Commodo a Diocleziano, the fourth in a series of exhibitions marking the profound changes that took place during the Roman Empire from 192-305 AD. A summary of a year-long celeration of two-thousand years since the reign of Augustus, Rivoluzione Augusto is at Palazza Massimo. At the Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, clay sculptures of Neapolitan artist, Vincenzo Gemito and Artisti dell’Ottocento: temi e riscoperte, paintings from the museum’s permanent collection of the late 19th and early 20th century paintings.
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