Grigory Sokolov plays Chopin
Considered one of the greatest living pianists, Sokolov came to international attention at the age of 16 when the jury of the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, headed by Emil Gilels, unanimously awarded him the Gold Medal. He has been a regular guest of the London Philharmonia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Montreal Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, although in recent years, he has dedicated himself exclusively to solo recitals. In Rome this week, he plays a recital program devoted entirely to the work of Chopin: the Sonata n. 3 in B minor and eighteen mazurkas.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Wednesday, March 12 more
Dvorak's Stabat Mater
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of the Czech composer, the orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia present Dvorak's Stabat Mater with a quartet of Slovak soloists. Dvorak composed the work in his grief over the deaths of all three of his children, to a Latin text that tells of the Virgin Mary’s grief over the crucifixion of Jesus as she is standing under his cross, and the undercurrent of grieving and loss pervades this deeply emotional work. Among all Stabat Maters ever set to music by various composers over the centuries, this is perhaps the most symphonic, and the one most clearly written by a classical orchestral composer. It is the work that brought Dvorak international fame in England, and then in the USA. The guest conductor for these concerts is Tomas Netopil, musical director of the Essen Philharmonic. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, March 8; Monday, March 10, ; Tuesday, March 11 more
The Music of Giovanni Allevi
Allevi is truly an original, a young pianist and composer whose works have run the gamut from a violin concerto to symphonic works that defy classification to the popular pieces for solo piano he'll play here. Before entering the professional music world, he graduated cum laude with a Ph.D in philosophy, and his compositions, melodic and introspective could be said to show the influence of his studies. His recordings, exclusively his own compositions, began with 13 Dita (Universal) in 1997, which was an immediate success. Allevi crosses easily over the line between the classical and contemporary music worlds, performing in venues ranging from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to New York's famous Blue Note jazz club. He has a huge following in Italy, but he is a somewhat contraversial figure, criticized primarily by classical musicians (particularly the violinist Uto Ugi) for his alleged conceit and commercialism. He retorts that his music is a "visionary project." Judge for yourself at the Auditorium Conciliazione, Thursday, March 13 more
Tango y tango
For tango lovers, this is the genuine article. Argentine dancers Adrian Aragon and Erica Boaglio have been touring the world since 2003. They began their careers with the Gran Ballet Argentina, and started dancing together as a couple in 1994. They'll present Pasiones Tango y Musical, with a company of eleven dancers, at the Teatro Brancaccio, Friday-Sunday, March 7-9. more
Festa della Donna - International Women's Day
We've come a long way, but we have a very long way to go. In 1909, National Women's Day was declared by the Socialist Party of America, and observed across the United States. Then in March 1919, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants, who had been locked into a sweat shop where they worked very long hours for very little pay. March 8 has become the day in which this tragedy — and others like it —are remembered all over the world. But it's also a day to celebrate and honor women , and it's become traditional to give gifts of mimosa, the first sign of spring. For the English-speaking community in Rome, InRomeNow.com, along with American Exchange Rome and the American International Club of Rome will present a program of real stories of women's suffering, survival and hope, benefiting Women for Women International, an organization helping to rebuild the lives of women who have been victims of war. learn more Please join us at the American University of Rome, Auriana Auditorium via Pietro Rosselli 16, on the Janiculum Hill just above Trastevere, Saturday, March 8, 6-8 pm, followed by refreshments. Suggested donation €20. RSVP VikkiEricks@hotmail.com
Libri Come - Rome's Festival of Literature
It's an important annual event. Each year, the garage of the Auditorium Parco della Musica becomes a vast bookstore, and the Teatro Studio above it hosts a series of discussions with some of the most revered authors in the world. For English speakers, there's a lot to see and hear. English sociologist Richard Sennett, best selling American authors Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch), John Grisham and Philipp Meyer (The Son), Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowlands) and Booker prize-winner John Banville (The Sea) are all on the program. Entrance to the Garage and events there are free. The discussions at the Teatro Studio are €2. Thursday, March 13 -Sunday, March 16 more
In the Museums
A retrospective of the work of liberty - art deco graphic artist, designer, painter and decorator Paolo Antonio Paschetto is at the Villa Torlonia. One of the most important exhibits of the season, works by two 20th century Italian masters, Mafai-Kounellis - Liberta' del pittore is at the Museo Bilotti. Works of Engish artists from the Victorian era, Alma-Tadema e i pittori dell ’800 inglese is at the Chiostro Bramante. A selection of works surveying Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay is at the Complesso Vittoriano. A retrospective exhibition of 60 sculptures by Auguste Rodin is at the Galleria delle Arte Moderna. And a companion exhibition is at the Museo Nazionale di Roma, Terme di Diocleziano. An exhibition of paintings by 20th-century artist Simon Hantaï is at the Villa Medici. At the Borghese Galleries, an exhibition of the sculpture of Alberto Giacometti. At the Palazzo Venezia, works by Baroque master painter Carlo Saraceni. At the Fondazione di Roma - Palazzo Cipolla Modigliani, Soutine e gli Artisti Maledetti more than 120 works from this pivotal period in art history. . At the Museo Ara Pacis, Gemme dell'Impressionimo, painting from Monet to Renoir and Van Gogh to Bonnard. At the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, photographs from 125 years of the National Geographic and Anni '70. Arte a Roma, a look back at the aesthetics of a decade. Large-scale installations by Vittorio Messina are at the Macro Testaccio.
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