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Music at the Villa Giulia

A festival of music in the ninfea of this glorious palazzo,
which houses the Etruscan museum.
July 25, 26, 30-31, €30 -20,
August 6, 7, 12, 13, €20-15,
reductions for students and seniors,
tel 892 982 www.lisclick.it

Orff: Carmina Burana
Marcello Rota conducts the Roma Sinfonietta, soloists Marina Bucciarelli, Manuel Pierattelli and Enrico Marabelli, pianists Antonello Maio and Michelangelo Carbonara, percussion ensemble Ars Ludi, the “Claudio Casini” chorus of the’Università di Roma Tor Vergata and the children's chours of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Capitale in this very popular 20th century cantata based on Medieval poetry.
Friday, July 25, 9 pm

La Dolce Vita: Music for the Cinema by Nino Rota
The Roma Sinfonietta, conducted by Marcello Rota with LEDIVE4S in some of Nino Rota's most renowned scores fror the films of i Federico Fellini: I Vitelloni, La dolce vita, Le notti di cabiria, Amarcord, Casanova, La strada as well as excerpts from his scores for The Leopard by Luchino Visconti, The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola, Romeo e Giulietta by Franco Zeffirelli and Love and Anarchy by Lina Wertmüller.
Saturday, July 26, 9 pm

The Roma Sinfonietta, conducted by Bruno Aprea, with Josu de Solaun, piano soloist
Wednesday-Thursday, July 30-31
Tchaikovsky: Concerto n. 1 for piano and orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony n. 7

La Musica Racconta l'Immagine
Music by Fiorenzo Carpi, Nicola Piovani, Luis Bacalov, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla, Frank Frank Churchill, George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Antonio Di Pofi, the Roma Sinfonietta conducted by Antonio di Pofi, with Gianluca Littera, harmonica.
Wednesday, August 6, 9 pm

Kalàscima: Taranto

Traditional folkloric music of Italy with Riccardo Laganà, tamburelli, Luca Buccarella organetti, Massimiliano de Marco guitar, mandolin and Irish bouzouki, Federico Laganà tamburi a cornice, darbouka, cajon, djambé, cassa a pedale, Riccardo Basilè arrangements, Aldo Iezza zampogna melodica, ciaramella, doppi flauti calabresi, whistle, flute.
Thursday, August 7, 9 pm

Le quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi e Piazzolla
Roma Sinfonietto with violin soloist Vincenzo Bolognese.
Tuesday, August 12, 9 pm

Cinema and Tango

Conducted by Luis Baclov, with bandoneon soloist Gianni Iorio and the Roma Sinfonietta
Music by Bacalov, Gardel, Villoido, Piazzolla.
Wednesday, August 13, 9 pm


Evenings of Great Music at the Courtyard of Sant' Ivo

Corso Rinascimento 40 (near Piazza Navona)
The opening concert of this annual festival of music under the stars in a courtyard designed by Borromini.
Reduced ticket prices for students, children and seniors. €20, over 65 €18, students €15, children €10 www.interensemble.org

The Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzola 
Le Quattro Stagione of Vivaldi and the  Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas of Piazzola. International Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Francesco Carotenuto with violin soloist Giuliano Bisceglia. 
Saturday, July 26; Tuesday, 29; Thursday, 31, 9 pm

Music of Astor Piazzola: tangos , dances and milongas 
plus The Beatles Orchestra Suite 

International Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Francesco Cartotenuto, with soloists Clauda Ramos, violin and Antonio Ramous, cello 
Saturday, August 2 and Thursday, August 7, 9 pm   

Orchestra on Demand Program
selected on the spot by audience request from a list of film soundtracks. Broadway musicals, and popular songs of the 20th century. With vocal soloists. International Chamber Ensemble conducted by Francesco Carotenuto
Tuesday, August 5 and Saturday, August 9, 9 pm


At the Auditorium Parco della Musica
tel 892 982 www.lisclick.it

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Han-na Chang conductor, Boris Berezovskij piano

The South Korean conductor, Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, was the winner of the 1995 Rostropovich competition. The Russian pianist performs with major orchestras worldwide. Berezovsky won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Tuesday, September 9, 9 pm

Ranjbaran: Alba
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto n. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony n. 5

Orquesta Filarmonica National de Mexico UNAM
Jan Latham-Koenig, conducting; Pablo Garibay, guitar; Massimo Mercelli, flute

Garibay e made his professional début with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de Mexico and has since appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe and the Americas. A winner of no fewer than sixteen international prizes, he is currently Guitar Professor at the UNAM’s Music Faculty in Mexico City. Pablo Garibay plays guitars made by Kamil Jaderny.
Friday, September 12, 9 pm
€15, €10

Chávez/Buxtehude: Chacona
Rodrigo: Concerto di Aranjuéz
De Falla: La Vida Breve: Danza n. 1
Revueltas: Homenaje a García Lorca
Piazzolla : Adios Nonino e Hommage a Liege
Moncayo: Huapango

Orquestra Sinfonica Juvenil da Bahia
Ricardo Castro, conducting; Martha Argerich, piano

Argerich is one of the world's greatest living pianists. Castro, in addition to his work as a conductor, is a highly respected pianist.
Monday, September 15, 9 pm

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto n. 1
Villa Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras n. 4
Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances


Music at the Teatro Marcello

Near the end of the Roman Republic, the Emperor Augustus, as a gift to his nephew, ordered the building of a huge theater, seating 11,000 spectators. Augustus died five years before the theater was completed in 13 BC, but the name stuck. Today, the upper stories of the Teatro Marcello have been converted into luxury apartments, while the lower section and the surrounding area is a fascinating archeological site, used for open air concerts in the warmer months, usually piano recitals and small chamber groups. Via del Teatro Marcello 44 The price of the ticket includes a guided tour of the archeological site.
€36 under 21 and over 65 €10. www.tempietto.it


Popular Music, Rock, World, Jazz

Roma Incontra il Mondo
Concerts held nightly at the lake on the grounds of the beautiful Villa Ada in northern Rome, featuring artists from all over the world. This year the food offerings include a restaurant with top chefs each week: Marco Gallotta, Gianfranco Pascucci, Roy Caceres and Cristina Bauermann plus Slow Cooking with Chef Rubio, DMAX Street food, Pizzeria, Gelateria. Get there early and enjoy a meal before the concert. Enter the park through the gate at Via di Ponte Salario.
through July 31 Concerts begin at 10 pm www.villaada.org www.vivaticket.it

Saturday, July 26

Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti
Sunday, July 27

The English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. The current band consists of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle on guitar andvocals, Chris Remmington on bass and Danny Farrant on drums. They released a new album this year, "The Way."
Monday, July 28

Diodato plus Gnu Quartet and Velvet Brass
Tuesday, July 29

Pieropaolo Capovilla
Wednesday, July 30


Stage name of the Calbrian pop singer Claudia Lagona.
Thursday, July 31



I Concerti nel Parco
A series of music and dance events held on the grounds of Rome's largest public park, the Villa Pamphili at the top of the Janiculum hill. www.iconcertinelparco.it

Italia Numbers: With Isabella Ragonese and Cristina Donà

Songs and narration, treats the alarming rise in violence against women and children.
Friday, July 25


Tango Spleen Orquestra: Alma y Cuerpo

The classically-trained Argentine tenor, composer and pianist Mariano Speranza with his ensemble.
Sunday - Monday, July 27-28

Mayra Andrade: Lovely Difficult

The fourth album by the young artist from Capo Verde, a resident of Paris since the age of 11, who composes and sings in four languages.
Wednesday, July 30

Raphael Gualazzi: Welcome to My Hell Tour

The fusion composer and perfomer was a winner at the 2011 Sanremo Festival with his hit single "Follia d'amore."
Thursday, July 31

Luglio Suono Bene
The annual festival, held in the outdoor amphitheater, the Cavea, at the Parco della Musica.
Shows begin at 9 pm. For tickets tel 892 982 www.lisclick.it

Herbie Hancock piano and Wayne Shorter sax

Two of the biggest names in jazz together on the stage, both former members of the Miles Davis quintet. 
Saturday, July 26, 9 pm €50-30



Simple Minds: Greatest Hits Tour

The Scottish band fronted by Jim Kerr  has sold more than 60 million recordings in it's history.  Their biggest hits include "Don't you forget (about me)," "Alive & Kicking," "Belfast Child."
Sunday, July 27, 9 pm €40-25


Loredana Bertè Bandabertè: 1974-2014 Tour

One of the great divas of Italian pop music celebrating her forty year-long career.  
Monday, July 28, 9 pm €44-22



Roberto Vecchioni 
Vecchioni performs his newest songs with his band, including piano, guitar, strings and percussion. 
Thursday, July 31, 9 pm €40-30


Avion Travel: ReTour

The popular band  from Caserta fronted by singer-actor Pepe Servillo. "ReTour" represents a return to their musical roots.
Friday, August 1, 9 pm €18



Centrale Live at Foro Italico
Viale delle Olimpiadi, Foro Italico
tel 892 101 www.pointticket.it

Gigi D'Alessio

The soft-voiced Neapolitan pop star has sold more than 12 million recordings.
Saturday, July 26 €60-23



Rock 'n' Roma Festival

On the grounds of the old racetrack in south Rome, a summer rock festival featuring a number of major headliners.
Ippodromo Cappanelle, Via Appia Nuova, 1245  (South Rome)
tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it
Shuttle bus service returning from the concert to San Giovanni (Sala Santa) and Termini leaves at 12:30 ad 1 am €5

The English rock band formed in London in 2010 began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day – an event celebrated on Smith's birthday. They are last year's winners of the Brit Awards, Billboard Awards and MTV Europe Awards. Their debut studio album, Bad Blood, was the biggest selling digital album of 2013,
Saturday, July 26

After Hours

The Italian alternative rock band named after the Velvet Underground's song. In 2009, the band won the "Mia Martini" Critics Award at Sanremo Music Festival. They have toured extensively in the U.S. under the auspices of Greg Dulli.
Monday, July 28

Franz Ferdinand

The Scottish indie rock band formed in 2002 has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, and BRIT Awards and have won an NME Award. With their four studio albums, the band sold over three million albums worldwide.
Saturday, August 2



Fontanone dell'Acqua Paola

Via Garibaldi near the top of the Janiculum hill. With a spectacular panoramic view of Rome below and the immense fountain of Acqua Paola as a backdrop, a summer venue offering a gorgeous setting for a cocktail or snack.  The small stage presents music and theatrical performances in Italian.  
€18, reduced €12  www.fontanonestate.it 

Some highlights:

La Canzone Napoletana e i Grandi Poeti dal 1200-1900
Written, directed annd performed by Fatima Scialdone.
Saturday, August 9

Giuseppe Nova, flute and Marta Facchera, harp
Wednesday, August 27

Germano Mazzocchetti Ensemble
Sunday, August 31

La Città Invisibili

By Italo Calvino, directed by Teresa Pedroni with Massimo Popolizio and live music by Javier Girotto
Sunday, August 31

De Rerum Natura
By Lucrezio, directed by Enzo Aronica with Roberto Herlitzka
Monday, September 1

Coppia Aperta Quasi Spalancata
By Dario Fo and Franca Rame, directed by Carlo Emilio Lerici, with Antonio Salines, Francesca Bianco
Tuesday, September 2

From Russia to Rio with duo pianists Capitelli-Calvani
Wednesday, September 3

Solis String Quartet with Lello Arena
Sunday, September 7


Casa del Jazz
The Villa Osio and its surrounding 2,500 square-meter park are the site of this center for jazz, which opened in Rome last year. There are practice rooms and a recording studio open to young musicians and professionals, a multi-media library and a book and record store. The auditorium hosts top names in international jazz. The restaurant, decorated in a black and white piano key theme, its walls lined with vintage portraits of jazz greats, serves an excellent supper and a Sunday buffet brunch. Come for dinner or stay after the concert for a drink at the bar. In the summer, the concerts move out of doors to the lawns of the park surrounding the villa.
Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55 (near the Baths of Caracalla)
Tickets tel 199 109 783, information 06 704 731, restaurant 06 700 8370 www.casajazz.it

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