The Best in Rome
Week of May 17 - May 23, 2013
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Rafal Blechacz, piano
This terrific young pianist launched his career by winning all five prizes at the International Chopin competition in Warsaw in 2005. This led to performances with the world's leading orchestras and an exclusive contract with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Don't miss his concert in Rome. He'll be playing a Bach paritta and a Beethoven sonata, but the second half of the program is dedicated to Chopin, a composer he seems to understand better than anybody.
Auditorium Parco della Musica,Friday, May 17. more
Michael Tilson Thoms conducts Mahler
Another interesting program this week, as the Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in a Mahler's Third Symphony. Tilson Thomas, who for many years has been one of the most important conductors on the world stage, is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra. He is something of a Mahler expert, having recorded most of the orchestral music with the San Francisco Symphony. The third symphony, written between 1893 and 1896, is the longest in the standard repertoire, clocking in at about 90 minutes. Like most of Mahler's orchestral work, it has a program, this one "A midday summer's dream." The vocal lines are sung by the extraordinary Swedish contralto Katarina Karnéus, who won the 1995 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Since then she has appeared at Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, May 18; Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21. more
Mikhail Rudy - Music and Art
Rudy is a classical pianist with a sterling pedigree, who branches out into jazz, video and film-making. In Rome this week, he'll present a varied program including video projections of his own design. His program includes works by Scriabin, Stravinsky and Musorgsky. Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza, Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 pm. more
Modern Dance: Firefly and Ai Migranti
Two interesting dance events this week. The eVolution Dance Theater, founded in 2008 by choreographer Anthony Heinl, who comes from the iconic group Momix, mixes dance, acrobatics and all sorts of multimedia effects, aiming to create its own brand of magic. THey use something they call "Black Light Theater," the old glow-in-the-dark techinology raised to the level of art. Later in the week, Colletivo 320 Chil, a collective of dancers and performers of the circus arts, presents two works at the Teatro Olimpico. " Ai Migranti," winner of the 2010 Equilibrio prize,which takes its inspiration from the contemporary wave of migration,will be presented Wednesday and Friday, May 22 and May 24. "Misticanza," a new work created by the collective, which takes its title from the Italian salad, as mixed and varied as the skills of the performers themselves, will be presented Thursday, May 23. more
Night at the Museum
It has become a tradition to open Rome's archeological sites and museums to the public
at night twice a year, in a gala event that includes the screening of vintage films (in Italian) live music and historic reinactments. This Saturday, May 18, the city museum's will remain open from 8 pm until 2 am. Some of the highlights include a concert reimagining the music of the ancient Etruscans, at the Museo Etrusco Villa Giulia (9 pm); jazz at the Palazzo Barberini (8:30 and 9:45 pm); Synesthesia, a jazz and dance performance at MACRO (9:30 pm); Compagnia Echoes in Dark Side Balletto, a dance performance at the Ara Pacis (9:15, 10:45, 11:45 pm; Charlies Gospel Angels at the Terme di Diocleziano (8:45, 10:15 pm).
Race for the Cure
An international event, raising money for breast cancer research, the race takes place in cities all over the world, but few of the routes are as beautiful as Rome's, which starts at the Baths of Caracalla and winds through a leafy path around the Coliseum and back again. There are three options: the competitive or non-competitive five kilometer race, or the more leisurely two kilometer passeggiata. Whichever you choose, you'll find a crowd of like-minded people in a festival mood. The race takes place Sunday, May 19 at 10 am, but get there early to sign up and collect your t-shirt. Minumum contribution is €13. "Donne in Rosa" who are breast cancer survivors get a special t-shirt and gift bag.You can also sign up on the website below, or by stopping by the booths at Circo Massimo Friday-Saturday, May 17-18. www.komen.it
International Tennis Tournament
One of the world's most important tennis events brings the biggest names in the sport to Rome's clay courts. Among the men in competition, top ranking Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Top seed women contenders: Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieska Ranwanska, Na Li and tournament champion Maria Shaparova. At the Foro Italico, through May 18.
In the Museums
At the Museo Ara Paci, Genesis, photos by Sebastiano Salgado. At the Museo Ebraico, three epic canvases by Larry Rivers "Survivor. Primo Levi." At the Museo di Roma Trastevere, this year's winners of the World Press Photo awards. At the Parco della Musica, great photographs from the archives of Life Magazine. At the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, English landscape artists in Rome: 18th and 19th centuries. An exhibition dedicated to the great American artist Louise Nevelson is at the Palazzo Sciarra.At the At the Museo Carlo Bilotti, White & White, a dialogue between the art of Korea and Italy, focused on the color white. At the Complesso Vittoriano, Cubisti Cubismo, a major survey. At the Scuderia Quirinale, a major exhibition of the works of Renaissance artist Tiziano (Titian). At the Palazzo delle Espozioni, works of the iconic photographer Helmut Newton, and an exhinition of contemporary New York Art, Empire State, and paintings by Roberto Ferri, the realist painter whose works evoke a modern-day Caravaggio. At MACRO, Works by multimedia aritst, Sam Durant, and Vasco Bendini 1966 – 1967 works by one of the foremost pioneers of the Italian Informale movement. Da Orvieto a Bolsena: un percorso tra Etruschi e Romani, an important new exhibition of archeolgoical finds, is at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco. , is at the MAXXI museum. At the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderno, the work of important Abstract artist Sean Scully, and at the same museum, Il fascino discreto dell'oggetto, surveys the Italian still-life from 1910-1950. At the MAXXI, Alighiero Boetti a Roma, works by one of the most influential Italian artists of the twentieth century, also Fiona Tan's video instilation and works by the influential photogrpaher Luigi Ghirri. The works of Peter Brugel are at the Chiostro Bramante.
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