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Week of Friday, April 16 - Thursday, April 23, 2015

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The King's Singers
The award-winning British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968 is in Rome this week, presenting a varied program of ancient music, Mendelssohn, Petrassi, traditional songs and selections from the American songbook. The group is known for it's extraordinary musicianship, flawless intonation, and sense of humor. They do everything from a perfectly credible version of Rossini's Barber of Seville overture, to Beatles covers to a touching version of "Danny Boy." Really remarkable. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Friday, April 17. more

Noseda Conducts Daphnis and Chloe
This week's guest conductor of the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia is Gianandrea Noseda, Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year, Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the De Sabata Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival. In 1997 he was appointed the first foreign Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, a position he held for a decade.And hewas at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic from 2002 to 2011.  The concert begins with Ravel's popular "Daphnis and Chloe," which the composer dubbed a "symphonie choréographique." The work premiered in a historsic production choreographed by Michael Fokine, starring the great Nijinsky, with sets by artist Léon Bakst. Then, in keeping with the orchestra's policy of promoting Italian composers, the program includes a rarely heard work by Alfredo Casella, who was one of the most important Italian composers of the early 20th century. more

Rafal Blechacz Plays Chopin
In 2005, the astonishing young pianist Rafal became the sole recipient of all five first prizes at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, launching a major international career and earning him a recording contract for Deutsche Grammophon. He'll perform a program of popular works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin at the  Auditorium Parco della Musica, Wednesday, April 22. more

James Taylor and Band: October Road
Taylor is on an Italian tour promoting "Before This World," his first album of new compositions in 13 years, which will be released June 16. One of the biggest names in American music, he has sold more than 100 million albums, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He's at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sunday, April 19. more

Jazz Lovers
It's another good week for jazz lovers, with two important American musicians at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Tenor saxophonist Josh Redman brings his trio to Rome, with long-time collaborators Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums, Monday, April 20. Then pianist Brad Mehldau takes the stage with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, Tuesday, April 21. more

Renzo Arbore and l'Orchestra Italiana
The much-loved Italian television personality, who has, in recent years, turned his focus towards the performance and preservation of traditional Neapolitan music.
Auditorium della Conciliazione, Sunday, April 19. more

Get tickets now
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.

Contemporary Tango
A production of the Balletto di Roma with Kledi Kadiu, who is a regular dancer on the popular talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi (Friends of Maria De Filippi), on Mediaset's Canale 5. He is  also the founder of the Kledi Dance school in Rome, and recipient of the 2006 Ginestra d'Oro Award for Best Dancer of the Year.
Teatro Quirino Vittorio Gassmann, opens April 21-26. more

Rome's Birthday, Rome! 2768 Years Old!
The annual extravaganza celebrating the day when Romulus allegedly founded the city. The party begins at the Circo Massimo on Sunday, April 19 at 10 am with the ritual lighting of the ceremonial fire. At 11 am the parade of historic characters leaves, heading for the Fori Imperiali, a river of gladiators, centurians, vestal virgins and senators, members of clubs from all over Lazio and as far away as Bulgaria. From 3-6 pm, the party continues with historic re-enactments at the Circo Massimo. The following days, Monday-Tuesday, April 20-21, there are exhibitions for school kids, again at Circo Massimo, from 9 am - 4 pm. The grand finale is the inauguration of a new permanent lighting display at the Via dei Fori Imperiali, created by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vincenzo Storaro, ("Apocalypse Now," "Reds," "The Last Emperor") and lighting designer, artistic director and the architect Francesca Storaro (his daughter). Lights go on for the first time at 8:30 pm, preceded by a concert performed by JuniOrchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 pm.

Earth Day at the Borghese Gardens
The 45th annual edition of this UN sponsered event takes place in cities throughout the world. In Rome, an Earth Day village will be set up in the Galappatoio of the Borghese Gardens, Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, 8 am - midnight, with booths and displays of all kinds focusing on our planet in peril. It's a great thing to share with the kids. In the evenings, there will be films, some of them animations geared towards the younger set. And the grand finale is a concert Sunday, April 19, 8 pm, featuring numerous Italian stars, such as Dolcenero, and the great jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater who is the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organzation. Official website in Italian.

In the Museums
Barocco a Roma. La meravigila delle arti at the Palazzo Cipolla.
100 Scialoja
, works by the important 20th-century Italian artist at Macro.
: Marc Chagall: Love and Life, an important retrospective is at the Chiostro Bramante. Il Laboratorio del Genio. Bernini disegnatore more than 200 drawings by Bernini, at the Palazzo Barberini. 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 Anderson Museum, sculpture by Andrea Mastrovito – "Here the dreamers sleep." 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.A retrospective dedicated to 20th century photojournalist Mario Dondero is at the Terme di Diocleziano. A selection of recent sculpture in large dimension by contemporary artist Bruno Libertore is at the Museo Mercato di Traiano. La roma di Ettore Roesler-Franz, images of Rome by the 19th century watercolorist and photographer are at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere. At MAXXI, Bellissima. L’Italia dell’alta moda 1945 – 1968, twenty years of Italian fashion, and the same museum, 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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