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THE BEST IN ROME
November 25 - December 8, 2016

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At the Symphony
Thanksgiving weekend at the Auditorium Parco della Musica the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia offers a program of Mozart and Shostakovich led by German maestro David Afkham, who is Principal Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra and Chorus. The soloist in Mozart's piano concert n. 20 is the young German pianist Martin Helmchen, who won the 2001 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at the age of nineteen and has appeared with leading international orchestras including the  New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. The second half of the program is the 15th symphony of Shostakovich, his last, written in a little over a month during the summer of 1971 in Repino. Friday, November 25-Saturday, November 26.
The following week, Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, conducts the orchestra in a program featuring his Senza sangue, inspired by the novel of the same name by Alessandro Baricco. The libretto by Mari Mezei, which is based on the final chapters of the book, is the story of a dramatic encounter during the civil war between a girl and a soldier whose company killed her entire family, while he himself spared her life. The work premiered with the New York Philharmonic on May 1, 2015. Here in Rome, the roles are sung by mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi and baritone Russell Braun, both affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera New York. Thursday, December 1; Friday, December 2; Saturday, December 3.
Then the eminent British maestro Daniel Harding, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony, conducts the orchestra and chorus in a performance of Mahler's monumental second symphony, the "Resurrection," with soloists Anna Lucia Richter soprano and Anna Larsson contralto. Thursday, December 8; Friday, December 9 pm; Saturday, December 10. All concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia. more

Chamber Music
Pianist Alexander Lonquich, presents the second of two recitals dedicated entirely to the music of Schumann, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Monday, November 28.
Pianist Michele Campanella,
known for the music of Liszt, performs muic by Schumann, Prokofiev and Musorgski at the Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza, Tuesday, November 29.
The German lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien, who regularly performs at the major European venues, is joined by his frequent partner pianist Micahel Geees in a performance of Schubert's song cycle Die Wintereisse at the Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza, Saturday, December 3. more

At the Opera
The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma offers two productions. Wagner's Tristan and Isolde is presented in a co-production with the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris and De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, led by maestro Daniele Gatti, currently chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. The title roles are performed by Austrian heldentenor Andreas Schanger who sings Wagnerian roles with the Staatsoper Berlin, and will soon debut with the Metropolitan Opera, and Vienna State Opera; anad English soprano Rachel Nicholls, wh performed her first Isolde at the Longborough Festival Opera in 2015 and shortly afterwards in concert in Tokyo with Yomniuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and in Paris, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Oper Stuttgart and at Grange Park Opera. November 27-December 11. Verdi's Rigoletto, a revival of the Teatro dell'Opera production, is performed under the baton of Michele Gamba, with direction by Leo Muscato. Luca Salsi, who sings the title role, won first prize in the 2000 Viotti International Music Competition and performs with sthe Metropolitan Opera New York, La Scala Milan, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real, Madrid. The Duke of Manuta is sung by Piero Pretti, who made his Royal Opera House London debut in the role last season. Pretti performs at La Scala Milan, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera. And The role of Gilda is sung by Lisette Oropesa, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut with the 2007-8 season. At the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Costanzi, December 2- 10. more

Transit and Garbage Strike
Another Friday, another strike. Transit and trash collection workers have announced a strike Friday, November 25. As usual, buses and trams will run during rush hours - until 8:30 am and from 5:30-8:30 pm. Also as usual, some drivers may decide not to honor the strike, so you will probably see stray buses here and there.

Capitoline Museums by Night
The Capitoline Museums will be open Saturday, November 26 from 8 pm to midnight with a ticket price of only one euro and musical performances during the evening in collaboration with the Teatro dell Opera di Roma. There will be two wine tasting events that evening, at 9 and 11 pm, themed around the synthesis of wine, art and music. The cost for the wine tasting is €10 and reservations are required, tel 060608. The Capitolina Cafeteria will be open until midnight.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: The Christmas Season Begins
The Christmas season in Italy officially begins on Saturday, December 8, when the pope arrives in the Piazza di Spagna to symbolically place a wreath on the head of the statue of Mary. Symbolically, because although the pope is there to wave, attract crowds and tie up traffic, the wreath is officially placed by a brave fireman who rides to the top of Mary'shead on a crane. Then the city lights up, with decorations along the Via del Corso, the tree at the Piazza Venezia, and all sorts of stuff.

The Ara Pacis As It Was
The miracle of modern technology meets the glory of ancient Rome as the Museo Ara Pacis re-creates the monument in its original multi-colored glory superimposing elements of augmented realty. Heroes, deities and animals come alive in 3D, illustrating the origins of Rome and the family of Augustus. During the weekend of the All Saints holiday, the spectacle wil be on view Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31. Regular showings continue Friday and Saturdays from 8 pm to 11 pm through December 23; nightly from December 24-January 8. The show closes in October 2017.  Soundtrack available in five languages. Entry fee €12, reduced €10.


IN THE MUSEUMS
The Japanese House
showcases both architectural tradition and innovation in Japanese home design, at MAXXI. 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. Love, a theme-based group show is at the Chistro Bramante. Tesori gotici dalla Slovacchia, art of medieval Slovakia is at the Scuderia del Quirinale. Jean Arp, a retrospective of work by the multi-faceted German-French artist is at the Museo di Roma Terme di Diocleziano. Valeriano Ciai – 1928 – 2013 Segni e Memorie, a retrospective of over more than 30 works is at the Museo di Roma Trastevere. FrenchCapolavori 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. Quadriennali Capolovari Anni Trenta, a survey of the great Italian artists of the 1930s is at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna.
Also at this museum: Mimì Quilici Buzzacchi – Tra segno e colore, 50 artworks include paintings, graphics, engravings and documents, displayed in three exhibition spaces. Antinoo. Un ritratto in due parti retraces the history behind the celebrated Antinoo portrait sculpture, at the Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps. Gustavo Aceves – Lapidarium, a traveling public sculpture exhibition by self-taught Mexican-born artist, Gustav Aceves at the Mercato Troiano. 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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