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THE BEST IN ROME
March 24 - April 6, 2017

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Safety Alert: Saturday, March 25:
This weekend Rome will be beset by six demonstrations and two off limits areas due to the arrival of heads of state from across Europe in celebration of the 70 the anniversary of the Rome accord with heightened security and restricted travel.  The "Blue Zone," reaching from Piazza Venezia to Piazza Ara Coeli, Piazza San Marco, via Petroselli, Via delle Tre Pile through the Imperial Forum to Piazza Madonna di Loreto through the Imperial Forum to Piazza Madonna di Loreto will have a heavy police presence and snap closures to traffic for a 24-hour period. The "Green Zone," a buffer area where no demonstrations are authorized, reaches from via Quattro Novembre and the the Magnanopoli to via Nazionale, Piazza della Repubblica, via del Corso and via del Tritone. Vehicular traffic will be permitted in these areas but there will 18 gates with police garrisons controlling access.

At the Symphony
As the Easter season approaches, the noted baroque specialist Ton Koopman conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Haendel's Messiah, with soloists Yetzabel Arias Fernandez soprano, Maarten Engeltjes alto, Tilman Lichdi tenor, Klaus Mertens bass. Friday-Saturday, March 24-25.The following week, Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, who is the principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, takes the podium in  a program of Mahler's First Symphony ("Titan") and the Sinfonietta of early 20th century composer Alexander Zemlinsky. Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1. Then the Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, who has been director of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 2007, conducts Haydn's Symphony n. 93, Beethoven's Symphony n. 7, and the unusual Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Scottish composer MacMillan, performed by Simone Rubino, who made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during this year's Lucerne Festival. Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8. All concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia. more

Chamber Music
At the Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza: Pianist Pietro de Maria performs Bach's Goldberg Variations. De Maria received the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990); First Prize in the Dino Ciani - Teatro La Scala in Milan (1990), the Géza Anda in Zurich (1994), and the Mendelssohn Award in Hamburg (1997).  He has recorded Chopin’s complete piano works and The Well-Tempered Clavier for Decca Tuesday, March 28. Pianist Mariangela Vacatello performs a program of music by Ginastera, D. Scarlatti and Ravel, Saturday, April 1.
At Auditorium Parco della Musica: Pianist Grigory Sokolov first came to international attention at age 16, when the jury at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, headed by Emil Gilels, unanimously awarded him the gold medal. He'll perform sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, Monday, March 27. Pianist Hélène Grimaud, performs a program based on her recently released album Water, music by composers Albéniz, Liszt, Berio, Ravel, Takemitsu and Debussy.
Monday, April 3.
At the Teatro Argentina: Ensemble L'Astrée, specializing in the repertory of the 17th and 18th centuries, perform Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and four of his cantatas, Thursday, March 30. Enrico Gatti, violin and Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichord, both noted specialists in period music, perform a program entirely devoted to the music of J.S.Bach, Thursday, April 6. more

Loreena McKennit, a Trio Performance
With Brian Hughes, guitar and Caroline Lavelle, cello.The Grammy-nominated Canadian polyinstrumentalist and folk singer who has sold 14 milion albums worldwide is at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, March 26. more

At the Palalottomatica
Rome's monster concert arena hosts Mannarino. the Italian singer-songwriter whose his first album, Bar della rabbia, won the Giorgio Gaber award at Viareggio and was a finalist for the Targa Tenco. His fourth and latest album, Apriti cielo, released last November, debuted at number one on the Classifica FIMI Album chart. Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26. Giorgia The singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and radio host who has sold over 7 million records worldwide, is on tour with her latest release Vanità, Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2. more

At the Opera: Maria Stuarda
Donizetti's opera about the strife between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I opens at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Wednesday, March 22. Paolo Arrivabeni conducts with stage direction by Andrea De Rosa. In the role of Queen Mary, Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka has been a regular guest at Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera and the Zurich Opera House. Through April 4.

At the Ballet
The Moscow State Ballet presents the Tchaikovsky classic Sleeping Beauty at the Teatro Quirino, March 24-26. The Spellbound Contemporary Ballet. presents Rossini Overture: "Allora..Dove eravamo rimasti ?"referring to a time in Rossini's life when he completely retired from composer, only to reappear on the scene years later as if to say "So, where were we?".At the Teatro Vascello. Friday-Sunday, March 24-26. Parsons Dance, the renowned company, founded by choreographer/dancer David Parsons and lighting designer Howell Binkley (winner of a Tony award for the Broadway hit Hamilton) present some of their most iconic works at the Teatro Brancaccio, March 29- April 2. Robbins -Preljocaj - Ekman, a program of dances by three important 20th century choreographers, performed by the principal dancers, corps de ballet and orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma opens March 30-April 8. more

Tango raices argentina
A new program by Miguel Angel Zotto, who is considered one of the greatest tango dancers of all time. Zotto with his wife and dance partner Daiana  lead a company 25 dancers and musicians in a program that traces the history of the dance from the native Olegui Atucà Guaranì to the folk dances of the gauchos to the birth of tango.  At the Teatro Olimpic, Tuesday-Sunday through March 26. more

Theater in English: David Hare's Secret Rapture
Set in 1980s Britain, the play centers on .estranged sisters Isobel and Marion who are forced to reunite when their father dies and they must decide how to handle Katherine, their young, alcoholic, mentally unstable stepmother.   Directed here by the excellent Michael Fitzpatrick, with- an outstanding cast at the
Teatro San Genesio, Tuesday-Suday, April 4-9. more


IN THE MUSEUMS
Jean-Michel Basquiat – New York City, honoring, one of the foremost figures in contemporary art, is at the Chiostro Bramante. Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata is at the Museo di Roma Trastevere, and at the same museum, China: rivoluzione – evoluzione. Manifesti della Propaganda (1949 -1983), an ample selection of propaganda posters and paintings. Georg Basellitz. Gli Eroi, works by the celebrated 20th century artist are at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Giovanni Boldini, a retropsective of 200 works by the portrait and genre painter of the Belle Epoque are at the Complesso del Vittoriano. 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.
At Maxxi: Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani – Freedom of Movement an exhibition of video art, photography, installation and performance. Letizia Battaglia, Just For Passion, a retrospective show featuring over two-hundred photographs, contact sheets and vintage prints from the personal archive of the celebrated photographer. Please Come Back. The World as a Prison? More than 50 works by 26 artitsts present prison as a metaphor for our technological, hyper-connected, shared and increasingly controlled societies


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