The 2011-2012 Aperitif Concerts

Melodies of all time for 7 Sundays of music

From 20 November 2011 to 1April 2012, Sundays at 11 am

Sunday 20 November the Aperitif Concerts begin again, and the formula is the same: concerts on Sunday mornings at 11 for a musical awakening with an aperitif afterwards offered by the  Antica Cantina di Canelli and Saclà. Again this year, the Aperitif Concerts are realised with the support of a private foundation.

There are seven dates, from 20 November 2011 to 1 April 2012. Featured in this edition are all of the musical forces of the Teatro Regio: the Orchestra and Chorus, the chamber music groups and the Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory.

For the first concert, on 20 November at the Teatro Regio, the morning is divided into two parts: in the first part two  the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio conducted by Serguei Galaktionov (who is also the concertmaster) will perform the Concerto n. 10 in b minor for 4 violins and orchestra by Antonio Vivaldi, taken from the Estro Armonico; the soloists are Marco Polidori, Marina Bertolo and Cecilia Bacci. In the second part will be performed Las cuatro estaciones porteñas by Astor Piazzolla, a collection of four tangos dedicated to the Seasons in Buenos Aires that seems to take its cue from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi; here, there is an interesting cultural parallelism in which works of different periods and ambience  display a common gene.

The second concert is scheduled for Sunday 11 December at the Piccolo Regio Puccini. The theme will be Great Cinema, an immersion into the world of famous sound tracks composed by such important names as Nino Rota (Il padrino, Federico Fellini Suite), John Williams (Indiana Jones, Far and Away, Schindler’s List), Ennio Morricone (C’era una volta il West), Fiorenzo Carpi (Le avventure di Pinocchio), John Barry (James Bond Theme), Nicola Piovani (La vita è bella) and Bruce Broughton (Silverado). Performing is the group C’era una volta… il Cinema composed of Alessio Murgia and Enrico Luxardo (violins), Alessandro Cipolletta (viola), Relja Lukic (violoncello), Atos Canestrelli (contrabass), Luigi Finetto (oboe), Luigi Picatto (clarinet), F0abrizio Dindo (French horn), Evandro Merisio (French horn) and Ranieri Paluselli (percussion).

On 18 December, at the Teatro Regio, the Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory will perform, together with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio. Conductor Claudio Fenoglio, the Chorus Master, will celebrate the magic of Christmas for children with traditional Christmas carols  and with the French touch of Jehan Alain (Messe modale) and Darius Milhaud (Un petit peu de musique); the programme closes with L’Album à colorier by Belgian composer Jean Absil.

To inaugurate the new year, Sunday 15 January at the Piccolo Regio Puccini, the wind octet Regio Concentus made up of Luigi Finetto and Alessandro Cammilli (oboes), Alessandro Dorella and Edmondo Tedesco (clarinets), Fabrizio Dindo and Pierluigi Filagna (French horns), Andrea Azzi and Orazio Lodin (bassoons) will perform the Overture and the Serenata n. 12 in c minore from Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (anticipating Così fan tutte in April at the Regio) and the Octet in e flat major  op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the composer who is featured again in the Regio programming after the performances of the nine Symphonies and Fidelio.

Sunday 12 February, on stage  at the Piccolo Regio Puccini is the Ensemble Mélodie, a quartet of singers and a string quartet composed of Nicoletta Baù (soprano), Ivana Cravero (mezzosoprano), Alejandro Escobar (tenor), Marco Sportelli (baritone) and Stefano Vagnarelli (violin), Claudia Zanzotto (violin), Alessandro Cipolletta (viola) e Davide Eusebietti (violoncello). The Ensemble will put itself to the test with a vast programme that begins with the humour of Rossini, with a performance of the Quartetto buffo dei gatti and I gondolieri from the Pechés de vieillesse. Next are two chamber music works that take the audience to classical, romantic  Vienna: Schubert’s German Dance n. 2 and the Four Quartets op. 92 by Brahms. These are followed by the French elegance of Gabriel Fauré in Madrigal and Pavane, a fox-trot from Cinque Pezzi per quartetto d’archi op. 34 by the Turin composer Alfredo Casella and  Scott Joplin’s sensational rag-time piece, Treemonisha Suite, which, with its jazz nuances, prepares the ground for the following concert.

In fact, on Sunday 11 March at the Piccolo Regio, the Clarivoces Ensemble, composed of  Luigi Picatto (e flat clarinet), Alessandro Dorella (clarinet), Luciano Meola (basset horn), Edmondo Tedesco (bass clarinet), Fiorenzo Sordini (percussion and jazz drums) and Federico Marchesano (contrabass), will accompany the audience in the velvety atmosphere of jazz with a programme that includes the best of swing: Duke Ellington (Take the ‘A’ Train), Henry Mancini (The Pink Panther), George Gershwin (Oh Lady Be Good), Glenn Miller (In the Mood), Chick Corea (Got a Match?) and Charlie Parker (Shaw ‘Nuff), plus pieces by Zequinha de Abreu (Tico Tico Revenge), Bruno Canfora (Brava), Kenny Dorham (Blue Bossa) and Vittorio Monti (Czardas n. 1).

Concluding the season of aperitif concerts, on 1 April at the Teatro Regio, is a performance of Baroque music with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, conducted once again by Maestro Claudio Fenoglio. On the programme are two of the six Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, n. 2 in F major and n. 3 in G major; to close, the lofty Gloria in D major by Vivaldi for soloists, orchestra and chorus.

Tickets for the concerts at the Teatro Regio cost € 12 (reduced under 14: € 6 ); for those at the  Piccolo Regio Puccini  € 10 (under 14: € 5). They are on sale now at the Box Office of the Teatro Regio in piazza Castello 215, tel. 011.8815.241/242 (from Tuesday to Friday 10.30-18; Saturday 10.30-16) and at Infopiemonte-Torinocultura, on the corner of via Garibaldi and Piazza Castello (open every day  10-18). Sales online at www.vivaticket.it and www.ticket.it and by phone with a credit card: 011.8815.270 (from Monday to Friday  9-12). The sale of at least 30 tickets is guaranteed one hour before the beginning of every concert.
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Torino, 17 November 2011

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