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Pappano conducts Beethoven's Ninth
The new season of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia opens with a series of concerts in which Maestro Pappano pairs Beethoven's symphonies with a contemporary work. This week, the orchestra and chorus will perform the monumental ninth symphony with a commissioned work by composer Luca Francesconi, "Bread, Water and Salt." The text is taken from the writings of Nelson Mandela, and it is performed by South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza, who was the winner of the 2010 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin in joining the Stuttgart Opera soon after and signing with the Decca label in 2013. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, October 3; Monday, October 5; Tuesday, October 6. more

Crosby Stills & Nash
One of the great folk-rock groups of the 1970s, known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on US music and culture. Still touring and recording after all these years, they’ll play their greatest hits as well as new material composed by each of them. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sunday, October 4. more

RomaEuropa Festival
The 30th annual edition of this festival which brings fine artists, dancers, musicians and other performers to Rome from the capitals of Europe. This week, circus arts meet contemporary dance in Nos limites, an elegaic work created and performed by Radhouane El Meddeb, Matias Pilet and Alexandre Fournier at the Teatro Vascello, through October 4. Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company bring two works to the Teatro Argentina: Ensemble Ictus: Vortex Temporium
to music by G. Grisey, Friday-Saturday, October 2-3; then Verklarte Nacht
to the music of the same name by Arnold Schoenberg, Sunday, October 4. The work of the great choreographer and dancer is Akram Khan is always a festival highlight. He'll present Kaash, a collaboration with Anish Kapoor, one of the most important Indian fine artists, and composer Nitin Sawhney at the Auditorium della Conciliazione, October 4 -16.   British choreographer Russell Maliphant marks twenty years of collaboration with lighting designer Michael Hulls, with whom he has created a dialogue between movement and light, Conceal/Reveal, with music by Mukul B. Adamson at Teatro Argentina, Tuesday-Wednesday, October 6-7. Dall’Inferno al Paradiso - I viaggi dell’anima is a compiliation of excerpts from the monumental three-part work by Emilio Pellissari in which creatures seem to transcend space and time defying gravity. Teatro Olimpico, October 6-18 more

Kurt Weill - Berthold Brecht: Mahagonny
Kurt Weill’s opera, to a libretto by Bertolt Brecht, is presented by the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, in a new coproduction with the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía di Valencia. Conducted by John Axelrod, directed by Graham Vick, designed by Stuart Nunn, choreography by Ron Howell. With Iris Vermillion, Dietmar Kerschbaum, Measha Brueggergosman,Willard White, Brenden Gunnell. . Performed in German with supertitles in Italian and English. October 6-17. more

Flamenco Festival
An annual event at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, brings artists from Spain to Rome, performing the music and dance of both traditional and contemporary flamenco.  Casa Patas:"Una muestra autentica de tablao flamenco," opens the festival. Casa Patas is an important center of the art of flamenco, and the evening features the great dancer Peppe Torres and singer José Valencia, Monday, October 5. Sara Calero: "El Mirar de la Maja" and original work to music by Granados based on the mysterious woman in Goya's painting, Tuesday, October 6. Singer and pianist Miriam Méndez, who has been called the Nina Simone of flamenco, appears with dancer Irene “La Sentio”, percussionist Guillermo Meguil and violinst Ricart Renard, Wednesday, October 7. And Persia meets Spain when Rosario la Tremendita performs with Mohammad Motamedi, a singer from Seville joining forces with a singer from Iran in search of the Andalusian roots of flamenco, Thursday, October 8. more

Invitation to the Palace
Again this year, some of Italy's most intriguing spaces, usually closed to the public, will be open for one day only. For the 14th edition of the event 108 historic palaces in 55 cities,most of them now the headquarters of major banks, will be open Saturday, October 3, 10 am - 7 pm, with free guided tours. In Rome, of special note, the baroque Cappella del Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, piazza Monte di Pietà 33 (now Unicredit); the the Monastero di Santa Susanna in Largo di Santa Susana, (now Banca di Sassari), where it will be possible to visit the excavation of a Domus Romana and to see an exhibit of Sardinian artesanal crafts; the frescoed 17th-century Palazzo Altieri, piazza del Gesù 49, now headquarters of three banks; and the 18th-century Palazzo de Carolis, via Lata 3 (now Unicredit). more

In the Museums
Raffaello, Parmigianino, Barocci, a compartive exhibition of the work of the three artists is at the Capitoline Museums. Henry Moore works by one of the greatest 20th century sculptors at the Terme di Dioclenziano. James Tissot, work by the painter known for his portraits of 19th century society, at the Chiostro Bramante. Alessandro Kokocinski, painting, sculpture, relief, installation, drawing and film, inspired by the metamorphosis of the mask, developed around the well know figures of Pulcinella and the Clown at the Palazzo Cipolla. McMafia, 90 works by 30 artists on the theme of at the Museo di Roma  a Trastevere. 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. 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. 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 is at MAXXI. Sintattica. Luigi Battisti / Claudio Adami / Pasquale Polidori, a site-specific installation is at the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen.
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