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THE BEST IN ROME
Week of Friday, January 29 - Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven
This week the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Ceclia is led by the young Spanish conductor who impressed audiences earlier in the season. Pablo Heras-Casado, the principal guest conductor of the Teatro Réal Madrid presents a program that includes the Prokofiev Classic symphony, the Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2, and Prometheus overture, and the ninth symphony of Shostakovich. The soloist is Emanuel Ax, one of the leading pianists of his generation. A prolific recording artist, he has won six Grammy awards.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, February 6; Monday, February 8; Tuesday, February 9.
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Toni & Beppe Servillo: La Parola Canta
Two extraordinary actors pay tribute to their native Naples. Peppe Servillo describes the program as one in which "music becomes theater and theater becomes music." The actor, singer and filmmake, has composed numerous soundtracks and songs, and was the founder, in 1980, of the group Avion Travel. His famous brother, Toni Servillo, has appeared in numerous films and theater works. His long association with director Paolo Sorrentino includes the leading role in the Oscar-winning film "La Grande Bellezza." The two are joined by the Solis String Quartet.  Auditorium Parco della Musica,  February 6-14, 9 pm Sundays, 6 pm. more

Adrian Belew : Guitar Wizard
The American guitarist, songwriter and producer is is perhaps best known for his work as a guitarist and vocalist of the progressive rock group King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, and for touring with Frank Zppa and David Bowie. Belew has released some 20 solo albums on the Atlantic and Island labels. He's at the
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Wednesday, February 10, 9 pm
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Momix: Cactus Opus
The popular company, pioneers in multi-media dance, makes its an annual appearance in Rome. This season, they present a revival of one of its vintage productions. In this work, artistic director Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Originally created as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona. The show is at the Teatro Italia off the Via Nomentana this year, instead  of its usual home at the Teatro Olimpico. If you haven't read the papers you don't know that a big apartment building crumbled on nearby Lungotever Flaminio a couple of weeks ago, so the area is closed to traffic and the theater is out of commission for the moment. Performances February 10-21. more

Equilibrio Festival: Aterballetto
The annual festival brings a roster of contemporary dance companies to the Auditorium Parco della Musica, and includes a competition. This year's entries are almost entirely Italian, with a couple of Spanish companies thrown into the mix. The festival opens with the Aterballetto, from Emilia-Romagna, the first Italian company independent of an opera theater, and widely considered to be the country's premier contemporary dance group, with a school,, and a long history of performances and important collaborations. They'll present three short works: Upper East Side E-Ink and L'Eco dell'Acqua, Tuesday, February 9. The festival continues through the month. more

Shakespeare's As You Like It
This week, the Rome Savoyards will present Shakespeare's comedy, under the direction of Sandra Provost, bringing their usual humor and energy to the production. The play features such Shakespearean gems as "All the world's a stage. .." and is still funny after all these years.The cast includes some of Rome's best English-language actors, including Rishad Noorani, Eddie Zengeni, Fabiana De Rosa, Shelagh Stuchbery, Gabriella Spadaro, Michael Fitzpatrick, Paige Short and Grant Thompson. At the Teatro San Genesio in Prati, Tuesday-Sunday, February 2-7. more

Carnival in Rome
Rome's carnival celebration, which was so lovingly portrayed in Goethe's "Italian Journey," is no longer the major event that drew crowds from all over Europe. The tradition has continued on a vastly reduced scale, and this year's budget cuts have diminished the festivities even further. But the show does go on. Saturday, February 6, from 4-6 pm, the traditional parade of horses with masked riders and vintage costumes will take place in Piazza Navona. The next morning, Sunday, February 7, 10 am, in Piazza Venezia, you can see the traditional floats representing allegorical tales. It's fun and it's free.

Rossini's Barber of Seville
The commemoration of the 200th anniverary of the debut of Rossini's operas in Rome continues with his most popular work. The Barber of Seville premiered at the Teatro Argentina on February 20, 1816. Rossini, notorious for putting things off, was resident at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples when he got the commission. Two weeks before rehearsals were to begin, he hadn't written a note. Legend has it that he enlisted the help of composer and tenor Manuel Garcia, a close friend, also on the roster in Naples, to copy the parts and fill in the orchestration. Garcia created the role of Count Almaviva. Sadly, the opera was not an initial success. The opening night was greeted by jeers and whistles.Fans of a previous version of the Barber by composer Giovanni Paisiello were outraged that Rossini had pre-empted their favorite opera. In the first cast of this new production, don't miss hearing Florian Sempy as Figaro. He has been singing the role in Italian houses over the past couple of seasons to outrageous ovations, and he deserves it. At the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, February 11- 21. You can hear Sempey's "Largo al Factotum" by clicking here: more


IN THE MUSEUMS
Opening: Botero – Via Crucis. La Passione di Cristo, a cycle of work by the Colombian artist opens at the Palazzo dei Espozioni Saturday, February 13.   Closing: Impressionisti Tête à Tête closes at the Complesso Vittoriana, Sunday, February 7.
Continuing: lla Terra. La nostra casa commune, 70 photographs by 60 photographers from National Geographic is at the Museo di Roma-Palazzo Braschi. In The Heart. Tra Arte & Design is at the Casa della Civetta, Villa Torloni. Affinità elettive: Da de Chirico a Burri,40 works from the collection of Luigi Magnani Rocca is at the Gallleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, from the collection of the Budapest museum, at the Museo Ara Pacis. At the Galleria Nazional d'Arte Moderna, Paolo Echaurren – Contropittura, more than 200 paintings, drawings and collages produced by the artist from the 1970s to the present. Two retropsectives honoring the work of Balthus, at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at the Villa Medici. .At the Palazzo delle Espozione: Impressionist and Modern. Masterworks from The Phillips Collection.
James Tissot, work by the painter known for his portraits of 19th century society, at the Chiostro Bramante. Cobra - Una Grande Avanguardia Europea 1948-1951 is at the Palazzo Cipolla.
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