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Summer Edition, 2015

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Summer at Santa Cecilia
A series called "Around the World in Three Orchestras" begins with the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Daniel Harding, with the young pianist Alessandro Taverna, Saturday, September 5; from Mexico, the Orquestra Juvenil Universitaria E. Mata, conducted by Gustavo Rivero Weber in a program of Spanish music, Monday, September 14; and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra with Dmitrij Kitajenko, conducting and pianist Boris Berezovsky performing the first piano concerto of Tchaikovsky, Tuesday, September 15. more

The Sound of Summer: Luglio Suono Bene
There are more stellar concerts in Rome in July than in any single month. The centerpiece of the EstateRomana concertscene is the festival at the outdoor amphitheater of the Parco della Musica, which hosts a steady lineup of international stars. Remaining concerts of special note: the great poet, composer, musician and national treasure Paolo Conte, Monday, July 27; and Bjork, Wednesday, July 29. more

And at Rock 'n' Roma . . .
This year's lineup at the festival held on the grounds of a racetrack in south Rome has been particularly impressive. Among the remaining concerts: Monday, July 27; Interpol, Wednesday, September 2 and Linkin Park, Sunday, September 6. more

Shakespeare in the Park
On the grounds of the Villa Borghese, a series of Shakespeare's plays performed in Italian in a faithful replica of the Globe Theater. On offer this summer: King Lear, through August 2; Much Ado About Nothing (Molto rumore per nulla) August 5-30; Otello September 3-20 and The Comedy of Errors, presented in English by the Bedouin Shakespeare Company, directed by Chris Pickles, September 24-27. more

Opera in the Ruins
The annual season presented by the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma against the spectacular backgrop of the ruins of Caracalla's momumental bath house. The fare on offer this time is all Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Turandot and La Bohème, plus two special events. The superstar ballerino Roberto Bolle presents one of his galas wtih dancers from leading companies, and the composer Ludovico Einaudi presents a concert of piano music from his latest recording. more

Invito alla Danza
After being forced to canel due to lack of financial support, the dance festival on the grounds of the Villa Pamphili, Rome's largest park, is back again with a varied program of dance in all its forms. more

Festa di Noantri
A little piece of Rome's history, this festival celebrates the day when fishermen on the Tiber pulled up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The event, held every year in Trastevere, is a neighborhood affair. The statue is paraded through the streets, stages are set up on corners with music and dancing, traditional and otherwise. Stands sell all sorts of stuff - best of all, they serve porchetta, delicious pork roasted on the spit with lots of garlic and rosemary. The festival was immortalized in Fellini's film Roma. Parade. Festival continues through Thursday, July 30.  www.festadenoantri.it 

Cinecittà World
The beleagured Cinecittà studios where so many classic flims were made has been memorialized in an amusement park designed by three-time Oscar winning set designer new Dante Ferreti at a cost of 250 million euros. The park features permament shows — the Wild West, Gangsters, Gladiators — and rides, including a huge rollercoaster, and a water ride, Aktum, a faux sea battle i the Second Italic Legion and Anthony and Cleopatra against Octavian, boasting two giant drops at speeds of up to 70 km/h. Visitors can also wander through backlot sets and choose from a variety of restaurants and shops.Open non-stop through the summer from 10 am-11 pm. Reachable by shuttle bus from Stazione Termini or by car take the “Castel Romano” exit from the S.S. 148 Pontina. Tickets available online. www.cinecittaworld.it

Nights at the Castel Sant'Angelo
The castle, with its fiery angel overlooking the city, dominates the Tiber river. It's open at night in the summer, and this year, celebrating its 90th anniverary as a museum. For the occasion, the secret passageway that connects the castle with the Vatican will be open to visitors, and a number of special evening events are planned, including 20 concerts, plays in Italian and exhibits.
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Gay Village Festival
One of the most popular of the Estate Romana events, with 15,000 square meters of dance floors, two stages, two restaurants, bars, a gym, and spaces for discussions and reading, stalls selliig stuff, concerts, cabaret.  www.gayvillage.it 

In the Museums
Arte della Civiltà Islamica, more than 100 pieces from an important collection, and David LaChapelle – Dopo il Diluvio 150 images by the American artist at the Palazzo delle Espozisione. Arte e sacro si fondono nelle mostre di Yves Klein, Sidival Fila e Tito Three artists from different nationalities, generations and styles is at the Museo Carlo Bilotti. Fen Zeng – La sinfonia delle civiltà, a retrospective of the Chines artist is at the Complesso Vittoriano. Nutrire l’Impero. Storie di alimentazione, tracing the foods of ancient Rome is at th Museo Ara Pacis. Works by belle epoque portraitist Arturo Noci are at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna. Francesco Francaviglia – Mediterranean Darkness, portraits of immigrants who land on Italian shores is at MACRO. Josh Smith The first solo show in Italy by American artist at MACRO Testccio. Sergio Staino. Satire and dreams A retrospective honoring the satirist best-known as the creator of Bobo at the MACRO Testaccio La Pelanda.Food dal cucchiaio al mondo An exploration of issues associated with the food, the human body and the planet, at MAXXI. And at the same museum, Olivo Barbieri – Immagini 1978 – 2014 A major retrospective of more than 100 photographs. Sintattica. Luigi Battisti / Claudio Adami / Pasquale Polidori, a site-specific installation is at the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen.Maurizio Donzelli – AD Altemps, the artist creates ever-changing environments among the museum's antique sculptures, at Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps. 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.. Linee di Confine. La Natura il corpo e la città, 18 artists find inspiration in Key West, Florida, at the Museo Carlo Bilotti. 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. Marc Chagall: Love and Life, an important retrospective is at the Chiostro Bramante. 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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