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Teatro Regio, from Saturday 15 November 2008 till Saturday 9 May 2009
The protagonist of the 2008-09 Concert Season is once again the 20th century, in all of its manifestations. They include such great classics as Petrushka, the immortal marionette created by Stravinsky, the extremely successful symphonic debut of another great Russian, Shostakovich, the anguish of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, written at the end of the 19th century by a young Mahler racked with anxiety after a bitterly disappointing love affair, and the en pointe music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suite. Also included are the other equally great forms of expression born in the last century: jazz, proposed by Uri Caine with the Torino Jazz Orchestra and the Filarmonica ’900; and cinema, the first muse of the last century. The latter is represented by the soundtracks of composers like Bernard Hermann, who contributed so much to the success of Hitchcock’s most unforgettable films, and Nicola Piovani, who directs his music for films such as Kaos by the Taviani brothers, or La vita è bella by Benigni.
But when speaking of the 20th century one must naturally reckon with the most influential group pf the British invasion, the Beatles, whose influence surpassed the height of fame. The multimedial project Across the Universe of Languges offers them up again in a revisitation by the group B for Bang, with Katia Labèque on piano. The multimedia format, realized thanks to the Roman video artist Fabio Massimo Iaquone, mixes images of the musicians with abstract shapes, creating an atmosphere of extraordinary visionary power. And then moving towards the contemporary, we cannot neglect one of the most successful musical phenomena of recent years: Giovanni Allevi, who knew how to restore contact between contemporary music and the general public all by himself, with his pianoforte.
Gianandrea Noseda, musical director of the Teatro Regio, has the honour of opening and closing this kaleidoscope of musical offerings with two symphonic-choral programmes: Verdi in his later years, with his extraordinary musical wisdom distilled in the Four Sacred Pieces, and the timeless Ninth Symphony by Beethoven.
Thanks to Before the Music, the series of get-togethers that will take place before each concert at 7.45 p.m. in the Teatro Regio hall, the public will once again have the occasion to chat with the actors or with the great experts.