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Federico Colli Plays Rachmaninoff
This week,  Juraj Valuha, conducto of the Sinfonica nazionale della RAI since 2009 leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in a program centered around one of the most challenging works in the repertoire  Taking on this monumental composition is the young pianist Federico Colli, born in Brescia in 1988, winner of  the First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Last year, when Colli played the "Rach 3" at his BBC Orchestra debut, he received standing ovations. The program opens with the cantata Glazonov wrote in 1889 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great poet Alexander Pushkin to rather clunky lyrics by Duke Konstantin Romanov.
The closing work is the Janacek Sinfonietta. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, April 30; Monday, May 2; Tuesday, May 3.

Renzo Arbore and the Orchestra Italiana
One of the most beloved entertainers in Italy, Arbore created a string of hit television shows before devoting himself to promoting the music of Naples.The orchestra has toured in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, appearing at Carnegie Hall in 2008. The orchestra has recorded eight albums o various labels.  They'll be in Rome at the Friday-Saturday, April 29-30. more

Astra Roma Balletto: George Sand-Uomo e Libertà
Much has been made of George Sand's propensity to dress as a man. In fact, she did this only ocassionally, so that she could gain access to the cheap seats at the opera, which were available only to men. She was, however, an extraordinary figure, and the Astra Balletto pays homage to her spirit in this work set to music bhy —who else?— Chopin. . Part of the Festival Internazionale della Danza, presented by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. Choeography by Sabrina Massignani. Teatro Olimpico, Friday, April 29. more

Orchestra Popolare Italiana
Ambrogio Sparagni has dedicated his career to preserving and performing the traditional music of the Mediterranean countries, with concerts throughout the Italian penninsula and beyond.   In recent years, his Orchestra Popolare Italiana has been resident at the Parco della Musica, giving concerts for every ocassion. On Sunday morning, he presents his annual spectacular in honor of Primo Maggio, joined by the Coro Popolare  and the Orchestra dei Tamburi Bufù di Casacalenda. These are always rousing, foot-stomping affairs, a great way to start your day. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sunday, May 1. more

Il Concertone di Primo Maggio
Unquestionably the biggest musical event of the year, the annual marathon concert for May First sponsered by the trade unions fills the immense Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano with thousands upon thousands of spectators who somehow manage to stand, drink beer and even dance for hour after hour. The long, long list of musical acts is hosted this year by singer-songwriter Luca Barbarossa, and includes such headliners as Moden City Ramblers, Marlene Kuntz,Skunk Anansie, Peppe Barra, Max Gazzè and many, many more.   The San Giovanni metro station will be closed and bus routes will be deviated, so be forewarned. The whole thing is broadcast live on RAI Tre from 3 pm.
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Amii Stewart: Dreamsisters
The American disco/soul/dance-pop singer, dancer and actress Amii Stewart is joined by Lucy Campeti and Francesca Haicha Tourè, in a performance of 26 American classics like   "You can't hurry love", and "Stop! In the name of love", paying homage to the The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, James Brown, and others. A true spectacular with sets and costumes, accompanied by a live orchestra. Directed by Enzo Sanny with choreography by Sean Michel Danquin at the Teatro , opening May 3-15. more

Spring Gala
The American Women's Association of Rome hosts their annual charity gala with an elegant dinner, silent auction, strolling jewelry show and musicians, in the historic setting of the Palazzo della Cancelleria, Friday, May 6. Proceeds benefit Differenza Donna hosting shelters in Rome for women who have been objects of violence; Alzheimer's Uniti assisting Alzheimer's patients and their families, Casa di Kim hosting children and their parents  (including children from Syria) who are undergoing medical treatment in Rome and La Betania, a home for children, many with disabilities.

World Press Photo 2016
winners of this year's prestigious photojournalism awards are at the Museo di Roma Trastevere. Alphonse Mucha, works by the iconic artist of the Art Nouveau are at the Complesso Vittoriana. A restrospective of work by the important 20th century photographer Mario Giacomelli is at the Palazzo Braschi. Quadriennali Capolovari Anni Trenta, a survey of the great Italian artists of the 1930s is at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna. The Correggio Experience, a multi-media event with video projections, an original musical score and even fragrances, at the Palazzo Espozioni. Correggio e Parmigianino master of the Renaissance, is at the Scuderie Quirinale. I Macchiaioli., masters of the pivotal late 19th century movement, is at the Chiostro Bramante.  Yan Pei-Ming. Roma, visions of the city by the great contemporary Franco-Chinese artist is at the Villa Medici. Il Giardino del Matisse is at the Palazzo delle Espozioni, along with Via Crucis, La Passione di Cristo, a cycle of work by the Colombian artist Botero.Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, from the collection of the Budapest museum, at the Museo Ara Pacis.

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