THE BEST IN ROME
February 10 - February 23, 2017
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At the Symphony
Daniele Gatti, the newly-appointed diretor of the Concertgebouw, leads the Orchestra and Chorus di Santa Cecilia in Schumann's rarely performed cantata "Paradise and the Peri" with soprano Angel Blue, who has become a crossover a sensation, in the title role, Friday-Saturday, February 10-11. The following week, Alan Gilbert, who is music director of the New York Philharmonic, conducts the orchestra in a varied program of Martinu's cello conerto with soloist Sol Gabetta, The Black Gondola of Liszt, and a suite for orchestra, arranged by the conductor, of music from Wagner's Ring cycle. Then the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado , takes the podium in a program that includes Mozart's "Jupiter" symphony and Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang," a soaring cantata that will show off both the orchestra and the outstanding chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Thursday-Saturday, February 23-25. All three concerts are at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. At the Teatro dell'Opera, the young cellist, Narek Hakhnazaryan, who won the Gold Medal at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, performs the Shostakovich cello concerto on a program that also includes Brahms' Symphony n. 3 and "The Unanswered Question" by Charles Ives. Friday, February 17. more
Jan Lisiecki, a very young, and very gifted Canadian pianist of Polish descent, has been a recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon since 2010, as well as performing with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He'll play music by Bach, Schumann, Chopin and Schubert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Monday, February 13. Luca Sanzò, viola; Alessandra de Luca, piano; Andrea di Maria, trumpet and I Solisti Aquilai perform music by Cardi, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky at the Teatro Argentina, Thursday, February 16. An ensemble composed of four respected soloists — Alexandra Conunova violin, Beatrice Muthelet viola, Gabriele Geminiani cello and Enrico Pace piano will perform piano quartets by Mahler, Faure and Brahms at the auditorium Wednesday, February 22. more
Art Garfunkel: Up Close
In the years since the breakup of the Simon and Garfunkel duo, Garfunkel has continued to perform on his own, touring extensively. He'll bring his sweet voice, to the Auditorium, performing hits from the old days, as well as works from his favorite songwriters, including Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and George Gershwin, Saturday, February 18. more more
Enrico Pieranunzi: Gershwin
The composer and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi has been at the forefront of the Italian jazz scene for decades. Now he takes on the music of Gershwin, performing his own arrangements for a trio that includes his brother, violinist Gabriele Pieranunzi, and the clarinetist, Gabriele Mirabassi. At the Aula Magna, Università La Sapienza, Saturday, February 18. more
Dance: Equilibrio Festival
This year's edition of the festival of contemporary dance is devoted to companies from Germany with performances by the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, DanceLab Berlin, Susanne Linke and an homage to the great Pina Bausch by dancers from her Wupperthal Tanztheater. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, February 3-24. more
At the Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
The Teatro dell'Opera production of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, conducted by David Coleman/Carlo Donadio, choreography by Jean-Guillaume Bart, sets and costumes by Aldo Buti. Princess Aurora Iana Salenko 12 / Rebecca Bianchi 10 / Susanna Salvi 11, 14, 15; the Prince Claudio Cocino 11, 12 / Michele Satriano 10 / Vito Mazzeo 14, 15. At the Teatro Costanzi, through February 15. more
Carnevale Parade at Ronciglione
Again this year, Anna Fendi celebrates Carnevale over two weekends at the historic countryside residence, Taverna Canonica near Viterbo. This time, the theme is “Bal – En –Tetè,” the name for a a French hairstyle and hat competition popular in France in the 1920s. It literally means “to dance on ones head.” Leading the parade, the carnival carriages file in line behind Anna Fendi’s carriage in procession along the parade route followed by a special performance of jesters and trampolieri from the Abraxa Theatre. The Festival Events: 12:00 - religious service in the private chapel of the Taverna della Canonica 1:00 – Gourmet lunch on the heated Terrace of Taverna della Canonica 4:00 - The parade departs from the front entrance of Anna Fendi’s residence, Taverna della Canonica. Proceeds from a lottery draw will benefit the Italian Red Cross to help victims of the recent earthquakes in Italy.Parking is available on residency grounds. Fee for the day's activities €45- For reservations contact Barbara: 339 681 4496 www.tavernadellacanonica.com Pro Loco di Ronciglione is the festival’s official Facebook page.
IN THE MUSEUMS
Leonardo e il Volo, a 3D presentation tht analyzes Leonardo Da Vinci's experiments and studies of birds in flight, based on documentation in the Codice da Vinci is at the Musei Capitolini. And at the same museum, L’Annunciazione del Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza di Madrid, arare opportunity to view one of many magnificent paintings executed by El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos, Crete, 1541) in Toledo, Spain. Artemesia Gentileschi e il suo tempo, Tracing the artistic path of one of the foremost influential female painters in history, is at the Palazzo Braschi. Anish Kapoor, one of the most imporatnt artists on the international scene, is at MACRO. Giovanni Prini – Il Potere del Sentimento, work of the early 20th century painter, sculptor and craftsmanns at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna. Il Museo Universale. From Napoleon’s Dream to Canova, focusing on Italy as it marks the anniversary of the return of the Papal States' masterpieces of art and archaeology in 1816 after the Napoleonic confiscations is at the Scuderie del Quirinale.Caravaggio e il maestro di Hartford investigating Caravaggio’s role as the principle protagonist of the revolution that influenced painting in the late fifteenth century and beyond is at the Galleria Borghese.Picasso Images Some 200 photographs, a significant choice of graphic works, sculptures and paintings from the Musée National Picasso-Paris are at the Museo Ara Pacis. Edward Hopper, a retrspective of more than 50 paintings is at the Complesso Vittoriana. Valeriano Ciai – 1928 – 2013 Segni e Memorie, a retrospective of over more than 30 works is at the Museo di Roma Trastevere. French Capolavori dell’Antica porcellana cinese, masterworks of Chinese porcelain from the Son and Yuang to the Qing dyasties is at the Palazzo Venezia. Two exhibitions featuring multi-media installations by the important Swiss artist. The Lasting. L’Intevallo e la Durata works by Italian and international artists of diverse generations along with selections from the permanent collection. At the Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea.
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