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The Best in Rome
Week of Friday, April 11 - Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Aimez-vous Brahms?
This week, Maestro Temirkanov, guest conductor of the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, conducts two of the most beloved works in the classical repertoire, the second piano concerto and fourth symphony of Brahms. Yuri Temirkanov has been the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic since 1988 and is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Philharonic Orchestra London. In 1966, the pianist Rudolf Buchbinder won a special prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, launching his career. For the Teldec label he has recorded the complete keyboard music of Joseph Haydn, all the Beethoven piano sonatas and variations, and both Brahms piano concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, April 12. Monday, April 14; Tuesday, April 15. more

Jonathan Wilson
The Californian singer-songwriter and poly-instrumentalist hit the charts with his 2011 release "Gentle Spirit,"  followed in 2013 with "Fanfare,"  which features contributions from  David Crosby, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne. In the fall of 2011, Wilson was invited by British folk legend Roy Harper as a special guest at Royal Festival Hall as part of Harper's sold out 70th birthday celebration. Wilson also toured with Wilco in the fall of 2011 for 15 shows across the UK & Europe. In October 2013, Wilson released his second album, "Fanfare", on Downtown Records and Bella Union. The album debuted at #8 on the UK Indie Chart. Uncut Magazine and Rolling Stone Germany named Fanfare its Album of the Month the month . The album features contributions from David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Father John Misty, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Patrick Sansone (Wilco). Roy Harper wrote the lyrics to the song "New Mexico". Wilson is currently curating a collection of songs as part of What You Need Is What You Have, The Songs of Roy Harper", a tribute album.  He's at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, April 12 more

Joan as Policewoman
The American violinist, guitarist and singer-songwriter Joan Wasser, has released four albums and regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. In 2009, she joined Anthony and the Johnsons as a violinist, branching out on her own as Policewoman in 2002. Her fourth album, "The Classic," was released last month. The Guardian reviewed the work positively, noting "you get an increased sense that Joan Wasser, once known for her intimate torch songs, is playfully experimenting here: the title track even ventures into what can only really be described as doo-wop beatboxing." She's at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sunday, April 13 more

Daniel Ezralow's Open
The American choreographer Daniel Ezralow is something of a force on the contemporary dance scene. He began as a dancer with the dance companies 5X2 Plus, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, and Pilobolus, and was one of the original dancer-choreographer’s of MOMIX and a founding member of ISO Dance. He has created original works for, among many, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and the Cirque du Soleil show LOVE. His works for opera include The Flying Duchman, for the Los Angeles and Houston Opera Companies, Maggio Musicale’s Aida with Zubin Mehta as conductor, and the Paris Opera Ballet. For the theatre, he has choreographed The Green Bird in 2000, Cats in Italy in 2009 for Compagnia della Rancia and was the choreographer for the new musical adaptation of the Spider-Man comics, working with Julie Taymor. The Spellbound Dance Theatre brings Ezralow's new work "Open" to Rome this week. As always, it's full of astonishing visuals, and virtuoso movement. At the Teatro Vascello, Friday-Sunday, April 10-13. more

Amarcord the Musical
Federico Fellini's nostalgic film has been adapted as a two-act dance work, set to the original score by Nino Rota, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the film's release and the 20th anniversary of Fellini's death. The work has been choreographed and directed by Luciano Cannito, who has worked for the opera houses of Rome, Naples, Bari and Palermo. The show's star is Rossella Brescia, who appears frequently on Italian television. At the Teatro Olimpico, Thursday, April 17- Saturday, April 19. more

In the Museums
Masterpieces from ancient Greece and Rome, Classicita e Europa, is at the Palazzo del Quirinale. A retrospective of the work of iconic Mexican artst Frida Kahlo is at the Scuderie del Quirinale. Works by Nordic artists painted in the 19th century, Impresionisti Danes in Abruzzo, opens April 1 at the Museo H. C. Andersen. A retrospective of photographer Herb Ritts is at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. A retrospective of the work of liberty-art deco graphic artist, designer, painter and decorator Paolo Antonio Paschetto is at the Villa Torlonia. One of the most important exhibits of the season, works by two 20th century Italian masters, Mafai-Kounellis is at the Museo Bilotti, and also at this museum Marion Greenstone – Pop Art opens March 16. Works of Engish artists from the Victorian era, Alma-Tadema e i pittori dell ’800 inglese is at the Chiostro Bramante. A selection of works surveying Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay is at the Complesso Vittoriano.  A retrospective exhibition of 60 sculptures by Auguste Rodin is at the Galleria delle Arte Moderna. And a companion exhibition is at the Museo Nazionale di Roma,  Terme di Diocleziano. An exhibition of paintings by 20th-century artist Simon Hantaï is at the Villa Medici. At the Borghese Galleries, an exhibition of the sculpture of Alberto Giacometti. Large-scale installations by Vittorio Messina are at the Macro Testaccio. At MAXXI, over 70 works by the important Italian minimalist Ettore Spalletti.
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