The 2011-2012 Concerts

Eleven concerts of great music
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio
Filarmonica ’900 of the Teatro Regio

12 November 2011 - 25 May 2012

Eleven concerts of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio and the Filarmonica ‘900 of the Teatro Regio make up the new season of  2011-12 Concerts that begins on 12 November 2011 and concludes on 25 May 2012.  A musical acknowledgement that begins with Mozart, the obvious point of departure, and continues through the great German nineteenth century, the best Italian opera and post-Romantic symphonies, to finish with the luxuriant and articulated twentieth century in which even song-writers have a legitimate place. A concert season that spans vastly different styles, putting to the test the versatility of the artistic forces of the Regio and stimulating the curiosity of the public.
The inauguration on Saturday 12 November at 8.30 pm is entrusted to Pinchas Steinberg, who will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio. The Israeli conductor returns to the Regio – after the great success last year of his enthralling Madama Butterfly – with a repertoire that he knows profoundly and conducts brilliantly. The concert begins with Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Walpurgis Night), ballade for soloists, chorus and orchestra op. 60 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, composed in 1841 on a text by Goethe; soloists are Natascha Petrinsky (mezzo soprano), Marcel Reijans (tenor), Tommi Hákala (baritone) and Lucas Harbour (bass). Following this is the Symphony n. 2 in D major op. 73 by Johannes Brahms, with its “light” and “cheerful” character, as the composer himself claimed. The Chorus of the Regio is directed, as usual, by Maestro Claudio Fenoglio.
On Monday 12 December at 8.30 pm Gianmaria Testa will be presenting his newly released recording, Vitamia: a sentimental and human fresco that, like life itself, contains different musical nuances and colours. On the stage of the  Regio with Gianmaria Testa will be some of the musicians who took part in making the recording: Roberto Cipelli (pianoforte), Giancarlo Bianchetti (guitar), Claudio Dadone (guitar), Nicola Negrini (contrabass and electric bass) and Philippe Garcia (drums).
Music Director Gianandrea Noseda is the protagonist for the events in December, beginning on Monday 19 December at 8.30 pm when the  Filarmonica ‘900 of the Teatro Regio, pianist Barry Douglas and Davide Botto on contrabass will perform symphonic works by Nino Rota (on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth), already immortalised with a recording for the prestigious English recording company Chandos in May 2010. Maestro Noseda returns to the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio to conduct the concerts for the end of the year, Friday 30 December at 8.30 pm and Saturday 31 December at 5.30 pm; on the programme, Leonore n. 3 overture op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Symphony n. 9  in e flat major op. 70 by Dmitry Shostakovich, and choruses, overtures and ballets from the operas Luisa Miller, I Lombardi alla prima Crociata and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi.
Among the guests of this new season of concerts are two musical giants: Krzysztof Penderecki and Valerij Gergiev. The Polish composer Penderecki will appear in the double role of conductor and composer, on Monday 16 January at 8.30 pm, in a concert with the Filarmonica ‘900 ranging from the popular Symphony n. 8 by Antonín Dvořák to the Sinfoniette n. 1 for strings and n. 2 for flute and strings, composed by Penderecki in the 1990s, with flute soloist Massimo Mercelli. The concert is realised with the extraordinary contribution of Fondazione CRT. Maestro Gergiev, one of the greatest conductors alive today, at the Regio for the highly-awaited Angelo di fuoco by Prokofiev, will conclude his stay in Torino by conducting a concert  with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio on Saturday 11 February at 8.30 pm, l’, thus giving us the opportunity to hear him conduct  symphonic music, too.
Deserving special attention are the two concerts in March to be conducted by Yutaka Sado, who, having turned fifty, returns to Torino after his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. He will be on the podium of the Filarmonica ‘900 of the Teatro Regio Monday 19 March at 8.30 pm to conduct the Symphony  n. 10 in e minor op. 93 by Dmitry Shostakovich. A composition full of torment, contrasts, allusions and bitter irony, it fits like a glove an impassioned conductor like Sado, who is driven by an exceptional sense of form and a continuous attention for detail, qualities he refined under the guidance of conductors like Leonard Bernstein, Gennadij Roždestvenskij, Charles Dutoit and Seiji Ozawa. Confirming his great musical curiosity is also the second concert, on Saturday 24 March at 8.30 pm, when he will tackle arias and overtures from the operas Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, La clemenza di Tito and Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio and a cast of true specialists like soprano Carmela Remigio,  mezzo soprano Laura Polverelli and baritone Michele Pertusi.
The Filarmonica ‘900 del Teatro Regio proves once again to be highly versatile and  dedicated to the exploration of little-known works, with a desire to experiment with cross-over genres, as demonstrated by its renewed collaboration with the Torino Jazz Orchestra in the concert conducted by Christopher Franklin on Monday 16 April at 8.30 pm. On the programme are songs and standard jazz, with the participation of the well-known vocalist from Torino, Roberta Gambarini, in Short Ride in a Fast Machine by American composer John Adams and the suite from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.
The last event of the season of Concerts is scheduled for Friday 25 May at 8.30 pm with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio conducted by maestro Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, in a programme totally dedicated to Mozart: the Symphony in A major K 201, the Sinfonia concertante in E flat major for flute, oboe, French horn, bassoon and orchestra K 297b and the Symphony  n. 41 in C major K 551 (Jupiter).
The 2011-12 Concerts have again this year received the fundamental contribution of UniCredit, Main Partner of the Filarmonica ’900 from its birth, and of  La Stampa as a Media Partner.
Season tickets are on sale until  22 October at the Box Office of the Teatro Regio in piazza Castello 215 (from Tuesday to Friday 10.30-18 and Saturdays 10.30-16), tel. 011.8815.241/242. The price of the ten-concert subscription is € 190 (Reduced: € 150 for over 65 and those people having a special agreement with the Regio, € 125 for Regio season subscribers, € 80 for under 30).
Tickets will go on sale beginning 25 October and can also be purchased at the Infopiemonte – Torinocultura point of sale, at the corner of via Garibaldi and piazza Castello, Torino (open every day  10-18); on line at www.vivaticket.it and www.ticket.it; they can also be purchased by phone with a credit card  011.8815.270 (Monday to Friday  9-12). The price of the tickets is € 25 (Reduced: € 20 for over 65, people with a special agreement and season ticket holders; € 10 for under 30). The Concerts are also part of the  Al Regio in famiglia programme that provides free entrance for anyone under 16 years of age if accompanied by an adult (with a reduced ticket of € 20). For all the concerts, the sale of at least 30 tickets at € 15 one hour before the concert is guaranteed.
For more information, go to our websites: www.teatroregio.torino.it and www.filarmonica900.it.

Torino, 17 October 2011

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