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Special Summer Edition 2018

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By the first week of August, Rome is closed for vacation and so are we. In this edition we give you the last of the Estate Romana festival and wish you a lovely and restful August. We'll be back in September with a welcome to the new season issue, and new issues twice a month.

At the Symphony
The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia,  Long Yu, conducting with Khatia Buniatishvili, piano soloist perform Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto and Mahler's first symphony, "the Titan. At the Cavea, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Thursday, July 26. more

Estate Romana: Summer is Here
The annual summer festival brings Rome outdoors in the evenings. The title, Roman Summer, is a big umbrella encompassing a number of festivals. The banks of the Tiber river from Trastever to the Castel Sant'Angelo bridge light up with bars, restaurants, tons of shops and a tented film festival on the Teverina island. The Lungo er Tevere festival, as it is known, this year features classical music performed by students from the national Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia on Friday nights, while Saturdays are reserved for showcasing Italy's singer-songwriters.  A gallery space will be devoted to works by students of the Accademia di Belle Arti, and another to Emilio Gentilini's photographers of Trastevere women shot between 1970-1976, as well as an exhibition of artefacts from World War One. 

Films on offer in the outdoor spaces are almost always in Italian. In the Borghese Gardens, the Casa del Cinema hosts Caleidoscopio, a free outdoor theater open from Tuesday, June 26 through Sunday, September 9. ( The Isola del Cinema on the Tiberina island in the river is open from June 9 through September 3 (, tickets €7 for adults, €5 reduced.  The Arena Garbettella in Piazza Benedetto Brin opens Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, Septmber 9. The Ex Dogana, a former customs house near La Sapienza university, screens films  more.

For jazz lovers, the festival at the Villa Celemontana (Via Navecello) is open again this year, with free admission. Tuesday is swing night with free lessons from 8:30 and live music at 10 pm,   Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July the Duo Live from the Saint Louis College of Music perform at 7 pm, with a main concert beginning at 10 pm.  Monday evenings the concerts are not free. The Celimontango will cost you €10 including refreshment. ( The lawns of the Casa del Jazz will be alive with music July 2 - August 1. World music is featured at the Roma Incontra il Mondo festival on the shores of the lake at the Villa Ada Park, June 14-August 10. Find details on our music page.  I Giardini della Filarmonica presents a range of music from Portuguese fado to Japanese, Persian and traditional music, on the grounds of the Filarmonica Romana, June 25-July 14 ( TheThe ancient amphiteather at Ostia Antica will host the a festival of music and theater from August 4-September 3.

Casting Call!
The Rome Savoyards, a long-established, English language theater company composed of professional and semi-professional actors who work for fun and free, is casting male actors from the ages of 25 to 50, for the coming season. For more information:

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Formerly the Luglio Suona Bene festival, renamed Summer Fest the annual festival at the Cavea, the amphitheater of the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Get tickets now. These events will sell out fast. Pat Metheny, July 20; King Crimson, July 22-23; Sting, July 28. official website (in Italian)
Burt Bacharach is at the ancient amphitheater at Ostia Antica July 25. tickets
The annual summer season at the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla features three operas, two ballet productions plus popular headliners. Bonnie Raitt and James Brown July 23, Björk July 30 and and Joan Baez comes to Caracalla on her farwell tour August 6.  This season's operas, are two warhorses, Carmen (July 14-August 2) and La Traviata, July 3-20, both sung in the original languages with English supertitles. And the ballet company of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma presents its new production of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, July 27-August 4. tickets

Canaletto, a retropsective of the work of the Venetian painter is at the Palazzo Braschi. Turner, some 200 works by the great English artist, on loan from the Tate, are at the Chiostro Bramante.
Monet features sixty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet of Paris at the Complesso Vittoriana; also at this museum, Terry O’Neill – Icons an homage to the celebrity photographer. Hiroshige, works by the great Japanese artist is at are at the Quirinale delle Scuderie. Japanese Design Today an exhibition of the impact of Japanese design in the 20th century is at the Japanese institute. Cesare Tacchi – Una retrospectiva, less than three years since the artisti's death, is at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni; and at the samemuseum, HUMAN+. Il futuro della nostra specie explores the potential future trajectories of humankind. Magnum Manifesto, an exhibition celebrating 70 years of photo reportage and historical documentation from Magnum, at the Museo Ara Pacis. Voglia d’Italia, shown publicly for the first time, the vast collection assembled by the American couple George Washington Wurts and Henriette Tower at the turn of the 20th century, at the Palazzo Venezia.The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, an audiovisual journey designed by Storm Thorgerson and developed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell of Hipgnosis, at MACRO.    The next "Notte di Museo" takes place Saturday, May 19,  Rome's city museums are open free from 8 pm  2 am. with live music at many locations.

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