Happy Hour Concerts 2012-2013

Musical melting pot in 7 concerts

28th October 2012 – 24th March 2013, Sunday at 11.00 am

On Sunday 28th October, at 11:00 is the opening of the Aperitif Concerts season at the Teatro Regio and at the Piccolo Regio Puccini which is a much expected musical event. Throughout the performances all musicians of the theatre will be alternated, including the Orchestra, the Choir, the Chamber Groups and the Children's Choir. At the end of every concert in the Foyer del Toro, Sylla Sebaste di Barolo and Saclà will offer an aperitif. The Aperitif Concerts are made possible with the support of a private foundation.

On 28th October at the Teatro Regio the Orchestra of the Regio, under the direction of Stefano Vagnarelli, who will also double as a violin soloist, will present an entire programme based on Mozart. Famous songs will accompany the audience along Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life, from his adolescence to maturity. You will be able to listen to the Divertimento in F major K138 for strings written in 1772 when the composer was only sixteen; the Concerto in G Major for Violin and Orchestra K 216 of 1775, the Adagio and Fugue in C major for strings K546 composed in 1788 in Vienna and the famous Serenade for strings in G major, K525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) from 1787, four years before the death of this famous Austrian composer.

Taking a few steps back in the history of music, on the 25th November at the Piccolo Regio, you will see, the so expected Baroccheggiando Ensemble, an instrumental group formed by Andrea Manco, flute, Daniele Soncin and Paola Bettella violins, Rita Bacci viola, Davide Eusebietti cello, Stefano Schiavolin double bass and Luca Brancaleon the harpsichord, all artists of the Regio. The group will present an exquisite Baroque flute strings and harpsichord repertoire, consisting of the Suite n.2 in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach and three famous compositions of the ‘Prete Rosso’ Antonio Vivaldi. Carrying on with Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D major, Op. 10 n.3 RV 428 (The Goldfinch), the Concerto in G minor, Op. 10 n.2 RV439 (Night) and in F major, Op. 10 n.1 RV 433 (The storm at sea).

On 9th December, the musical adventure continues at the Teatro Regio with the Trip in the repertoire of the white voices choir through which the maestro Claudio Fenoglio will lead the wonderful high-pitched voices and the Children's Choir of the Teatro Regio and of the Conservatory "G. Verdi". The young singers will perform a comprehensive programme extending from Gregorian chants up to the twenty-first century music. With the participation of the narrator Mauro Ginestrone, they will sing Gregorian notes such as: «Kyrie eleison», «Oculus non vidit» from the Cantiones Duarum Vocum by Orlando Di Lasso, «Pleni sunt coeli» by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, «Denn das Gesetz des Geistes» Motet by n. 3 Jesu meine Freude by Johann Sebastian Bach, «Bald prangt» by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, «Avec la garde montante» from Carmen by Georges Bizet, «My, vsie zdies sabralis» from the Queen of Spades by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , three of the Sei Cori (six choirs), Op. 15 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Nos. 2, 5 and 6), the cantata Le Cirque volant op.82 by Jean Absil, Three Two-Part Songs n.1 and n.2 by Benjamin Britten's, «Sanctus e Benedictus» from the Missa Puer Natus by Carlo Galante composed in 2002 and, to conclude, we will see the return of the Gregorian chant «Agnus Dei».

The first concert of the new year will be 20th January at the Piccolo Regio Puccini. In the programme there will be some famous pieces of opera and symphonic music arranged for five wind instruments and performed by the Quintetto Prestige, composed by professors of the orchestra of the Teatro Regio themselves, such as: Federico Giarbella (flute), Alessandro Cammilli (oboe), Luigi Picatto (clarinet), Ugo Favaro (horn) and Orazio Lodin (bassoon). This chamber group will address the overture from La Clemenza di Tito and the « Adagio and allegro in F minor per un orologio musicale K594» by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the suite from Bizet's Carmen, the Humoresque by Alexander von Zemlinsky, the Variations on Haydn's op.56 theme by Johannes Brahms and the overture from the Italiana in Algeri by Rossini.

A group of artists InCanto, will be on the stage of the Teatro Regio on 10th February. The group is formed by the tenor Pierangelo Aimé, Gianni Cara, Diego Cossu, Vito Martino, Dario Prola and by the bass Mauro Barra, Vladimir Jurlin and Riccardo Mattiotto, all artists from the Teatro Regio Choir. The vocal suggested ensemble is Serafin, a collection of nineteen folk songs harmonized specially by the famous pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli for the choir of the SAT. These songs, originating in Piemonte, Lombardia, Trentino and Valle d'Aosta, are the result of the author’s passion for ethnomusicology and traditional songs.

Then, a chapel choir (a cappella) will jump into the world of pop music: on 24th February at the Piccolo Regio, SoleVoci, composed by six artists from the Chorus of the Teatro Regio (Cristiana Cordero soprano, Angelica Buzzolan contralto, tenor Pierangelo Aimé, the baritone Franco Rizzo and Marco Sportelli and the bass is Davide Motta Fré). The SoleVoci will perform a series of songs that do not require additional explanation: Obladì Oblada, When I'm Sixty-Four, Michelle, Penny Lane and Yesterday by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Rosanna by David Paich, Centro di gravità permanente by Franco Battiato, Down to the River to Pray (traditional gospel song), Viva la mamma by Edoardo Bennato, She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel and Don Raffaè by Fabrizio De Andrè.

The grand finale will be entrusted to Maestro Claudio Fenoglio and the Chorus of the Teatro Regio on the 24th March. In all, there will be seven concerts on seven Sundays from autumn to spring, where you can spend an hour in the company of good music.

Ticket for concerts at the Teatro Regio are €12 (reduced under 14: €6), for those at the Piccolo Regio Puccini €10 (under 14: €5). Tickets can be purchased at the Teatro Regio ticket office (011.8815.241/242 open from Tuesday to Friday 10.30-18:00 and on Saturday 10.30-16:00), or at Infopiemonte-Torinocultura (at the corner of via Garibaldi and Piazza Castello, from Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00). Also from the following website: www.vivaticket.it or by calling 011.8815.270 (a credit card is needed in order to buy tickets over the phone). Ticket lines are open from Monday to Friday 9:00-12:00. At least thirty tickets will be available for sale an hour before the concert starts.

For more information please contact us on 011.8815.557 or go to www.teatroregio.torino.it.

Turin, 15th October 2012

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