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Holiday Edition 2014-2015

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More Music: Mellow Evenings l Raucous Nights

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Winds of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

The outstanding ensemble composed of soloists from the ranks of the orchestra.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli
Friday, December 19, 8:30 pm
€38-18 tel 892 982 www.listicket.

Strauss: Serenade for 13 wind instruments
Janacek: Mladi
Strauss: Suite for 13 wind instruments

Le Mistére des Voix Bulgares

The Grammy-winning  all-female choir, performs the traditional Bulgarian music known for it's plaintive melodies and haunting harmonies.
Aula Magna, Università La Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Mor (San Lorenzo)
Saturday, December 20, 8:30 pm
€25-15, under age 30 €8 tel 06 49 91 www.greenticket.it



Orchestra and Chorus of the dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano conducting, soprano Anna Netrebko

Nebreko is an operatic superstar, one of the most famous singers in the world, she is a leading soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and the most important international companies. 
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Saturday, December 20, 6 pm; Monday, December 22, 8:30 pm
€80-25 tel 892 982 www.listicket

Verdi Macbeth: Preludio e Coro delle streghe
Verdi Macbeth: "Nel dì della vittoria"
Verdi Macbeth: Ballabili
Verdi Macbeth: "Patria oppressa"
Verdi Macbeth: Scena del sonnambulismo "Vegliammo invan due notti"
Dvorak: Othello: Overture op. 93
Dvorak: Rusalka: Ode to the Moon
Strauss: Caecilie
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

JuniOchestra Teen, Children's Choir laboratory and Harp Ensemble

Christmas Concert
Sala Santa Cecilia, Sunday, December 21, 5 pm
Recommended for children over the age of 8
€12, under age 18 €8 tel 892 982 www.listicket.

Orchestra d'Archi di Santa Cecilia
Luigi Piovano conducting

String players from the ranks of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia perform two enormously popular works for string orchestra. Maestro Piovano is Principal Cellist of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, guest Principal Cellist of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest principal cellist of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded on both the modern cello and the Baroque cello.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Friday, January 9, 8:30 pm
€42-18 tel 892 982 www.listicket.

Dvorak: Serenade for strings
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings

Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Nicola Luisotti, conducting with Maria Agresta soprano, Isabel Leonard mezzo-soprano
Antonino Siragusa tenor and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo bass.

Maestro Luisotti is theMusic Director of the San Francisco Opera and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. Tenor Antonio Siragusa performs at major houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala Milano. The bass Ildebrando D'Archangelo performs at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera Covent Garden and other major houses.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Saturday, January 10, 6 pm; Monday, January, January 12, 8:30 pm; Tuesday, January 13, 7:30 pm

Mozart:Symphony n. 38 K 504 "Prague"
Rossini: Stabat Mater


Andrea Lucchesini, piano
In 1983 Lucchesini became the first Italian prize winner of the Dino Ciani International Piano Competition, which launched his international career. Since then he has performed with major orchestras under conductor,s such as Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Dennis Russell Davies, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, and Giuseppe Sinopoli. He has recorded for the EMI label.
Aula Magna, University La Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro (San Lorenzo)
Tuesday, January 13, 8:30 pm
€25-15, under age 30 €8 tel 06 49 91 www.greenticket.it

Schumann: Kinderszenen op. 15
Chick Corea: Children’s songs
Debussy: Children’s corner
Rachmaninov: Preludes from op. 23 and op. 32

Mischa Maisky, cello

One of the world's leading cello soloists, Maisky was a protégé of both Rostropovich and Piatagorsky. He has performed with the most important musical artists including Martha Argerich, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barnenaoim. He records for Deutsche Grammophon.
Teatro Argentina, Largo Argentina
Thursday, January 15, 9:15 pm
€22-12 tel 892 234 www.vivaticket.it

Suite n. 1 in G major BWV 1007
Suite n. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010
Suite n. 5 in C inor BWV 1011


In the Churches

Santa Maria Addolorata a Piazza Buenos Aires
Piazza Buenos Aires (Via Regina Margherita, Trieste)
South American Christmas Music performed by the Coro Latinoamericano di Roma, Gruppo strumentale Combo Latinoamericano including Hanacpachap cussicuinin (Perù 1631), Ariel Ramírez- Navidad Nuestra Xinochi Convidando está la noche and Gloria della Misa Criolla.
Friday, December 19, 9 pm
Free will offering


San Salvatore in Lauro
Piazza di San Salvatore in Lauro 15 (off Via dei Coronari near Piazza Navona)
Pentaphon Brass Quintet, Christmas concert
Friday, December 19, 8:30 pm



Saint Paul's Within the Walls
Via Nazionale at Via Napoli (near Piazza della Repubblica)
Il Coro dell'Aventino with soprano soloist Marcella Orsatti, and a three-piece instrumental group perform Christmas music and polyphonic selections by Rachmaninov, Lauridsen and Busto.
Saturday, December 20, 7 pm
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle with soprano Anna Stasi, contralto Valentina Pennacchini, tenor Daniele Preziosi, basso Federico Natali  with the Coro Ruggero Giovannelli conducted by Claudio Maria Micheli.
Sunday, December 28, 6:30 pm

Basilica di San Silvestro in Capite
Piazza di San Silvestro, 17/a (historic center near Via del Tritone)
Multiple choruses in a program celebrating Christmas.
Saturday, December 20, 8:30 pm
Repeated at the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lucina
Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina (off via del Corso at Via Frattini)
Sunday, December 21, 8:30 pm

Santa Maria del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo (historic center)
Il ventre di Maria,  music by Nicola Samale, text by Imma Battista, for female chorus and orchestra, with narration by actors Vittoria Faro and Giuliana Vigogna.
Saturday, December 20, 8:30 pm
Repeated at Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Piazza della Minerva (near the Pantheon)
Sunday, January 4, 8:30 pm

San Marcello al Corso
Piazza di San Marcello 5 (Via del Corso near Piazza Venezia)
Giovanni Clavorà Braulin plays organ music by Bach, Widor and others.
Sunday, December 21, 7 pm
Zuzana Janáková organ, plays music by Marcello, Frescobaldi, Bach, RegerWidor and others.
Sunday, December 28, pm

Chiesa Evangelica Battista
via del Teatro Valle 27 (near Piazza Navona)
Choro Romani Cantores, performs music by Elgar, Schumann, Grieg, Arenski with soloists Simonpietro Cussino, cello and Michelangelo Carbonara, piano.
Sunday, Dcember 21, 6:30 pm
Choro Romani Cantores perform music devoted to the Virgin Mary, by Mozart, Charpentier, Leoncavallo, Monteverdi and others, with soprano and violin soloists and organ accompaniment.
Saturday-Sunday December 27-28, 6:30 pm; Monday, December 29, 8:30 pm

Sant'Agata dei Goti
Via Mazzarino, 16 (Monti)
Trio Kalamus, with guest soprano Xu Jie performs music by Mozart, using historic instruments of the period.
Sunday, December 21, 5 pm

Sacro Cuore di Gesù al Castro Pretorio
Via Marsala, 42
Stefano Mhanna plays music by Bach, Franck, Paganini for violin or organ.
Sunday, December 21, 7 pm
Repeated at SS. Silvestro e Dorotea, Via di Santa Dorotea, 23 (Trastevere)
Sunday, December 27, 7 pm

Methodist Church of Ponte Sant'Angelo
Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo, 68 (Castel Sant'Angelo)
Marco Algenti, cello and Lisa Francese Taeschner, piano, play sonatas Brahms and Beethoven
Thursday, December 25, 8:30 pm
Beethoven String Trio performs music by Schubert and Beethoven.
Friday, December 26, 8:30 pm
Soyeon Kim, violin and Akan? Makita, piano play Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Schumann
Saturday, December 27, 8:30 pm
Michelangelo Carbonare, one of Italy's leading pianists, performs three sonatas of Beethoven.
Thursday, January 1, 8:30 pm
Trios for Two Flutes and Piano, arrangements of music by Mozart
Saturday, January 3, 8:30 pm
Sebastiano Brusco, piano plays music by Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert
Sunday, January 4, 8:30 pm
David Greiner, bariton and Marina Cesarale, piano  perform lieder by Brahms, Wolf and Dvorak.
€19, reduced €15, students €12

Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Scala dell'Arce Capitolina, 14 (next to the Campidoglio, Piazza Venezia)
Sacred music in celebration of Santo Stefano
Friday, December 26, 11 am

Chiesa di Santa Prisca
Via di Santa Prisca, 11 (near Circo Massimo)
Music for soprano, trumpet and organ
Saturday, December 27, 8:30 pm

Evangelical Methodist Church
Via Firenze (near Piazza della Repubblica)
La Valse Quintet perform Strauss waltzes.
Wednesday, December 31, 5:45 pm
€25, Rome residents with ID €20, students €15


A celebration of baroque music, with free concerts in various venues.
Continues through December 27.

San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini
Piazza dell'oro, 1 (near Campo de' Fiori)
Cappella Mariana (Czech Republic) Vojtech Semerád tenor and artistic director, perform Christmas music of the 16th and 17th centuries by J. Mouton, C. de Morales, T.L. de Victoria, H. Isaac, M. Praetorius, G. P. da Palestrina
Friday, December 19, 9 pm





Popular Music, Rock, World, Jazz

Coro Afrique with the Badara Seck Trio and Chicago High Spirit

The Coro Afrique originated in Rome in 2013 as a musical grop for children of African-Italian heritage, under the guidance of singer Joy Garrison and Griot Badara Sek, and with the participation of the Chicago High Spirit ensemble.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli
Saturday, December 20, 9 pm
€15 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it


The Italian pop singer-songwriter, until recently, has written and recorded mainly in English. Her latest release, in Italian, is "L'Anima Vola."
Atlantico Live, Viale dell'Oceano Atlantico, 271/d (Eur)
Saturday, December 20, 9 pm
€46 tel 892 101 www.ticketone.it


Gabriele Ciampi: "The Minimalist Evolution"

Music composed and conducted by Gabriele Ciampi with the CentOrchestra, and
Carmela Colaninno, choreography by Paola Jorio text by Carmela Colaninno and Alessia Maurodopulos. An autobiographical work, the journey of one man. Ciampi is an Italian composer and conductor, currently based in Los Angeles. His music combines elements of post-minimalism and classicism while taking inspiration from the Russian romantic period. He has composed scores for film and advertising.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Petrassi,
Sunday, December 21, 9 pm
€15 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it

Cartoon Heroes

The fourth edition of this Christmas program bringing to live the heroes of cartoons from the past to, with a live band, a children's chorus, and guest artists who have played the voices in popular cartoons.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Petrassi
Tuesday, December 23, 9 pm
€15 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it



Giovanni Allevi, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana

Allevi is a pianist and composer whose works cross the line between genres: pop, classical, jazz, Latin. He'll be celebrating the season with music from last year's release "Christmas for you." His latest album, a collection of piano solos entitled "Love", will be released in January.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia, 
Friday, December 26, 9 pm
€50-€25 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it


Roberto Fabbri: "Chitarra!"

With the Roberto Fabbri Guitar Quartet and the String Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia "Novamusica" di Roma. The concert opens with a video by Matteo Vicino, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." The program also includes segments from "Quartieri Spagnoli, Italia", directed by Fabio Venditti, with soundtrack arranged by Fabbri. The guitarist's latest album "Nei tuoi occhi", contains 17 new songs, with the objective of bringing the classical guitar to a wider audience.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Petrassi
Saturday, December 27, 9 pm
€15 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it



Fiorella Manoia

One of the most famous Italian pop stars of all time, launches her new album. "Fiorella", a musical anthology celebrating her 46 year-long career.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Sunday, December 27-Monday, December 29, 9 pm
€65-35 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it





Renzo Arbore and l'Orchestra Italiana: New Year's Eve concert

The beloved Italian star, Renzo Arbore, was the creator of a host of popular and highly original television programs in the 1980s. An accomplished clarinet player as well, in 1991 he decided to found his own band with the intention of promoting traditional Italian music, particularly Neapolitan song. For this concert, he'll perform Neapolitan songs as well as some jazz, swing and blues.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Wednesay, December 31, 10:30 pm
€140-70 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it


New Year's Eve at Circo Massimo
The annual blow-out free concert, held out of doors, this year at Circo Massimo. This year's headliners: Spirtiual Front, alternative rock; Gioia Marzocchi, Gemitaiz and Madman, Mannarino. Then the countdown to midnight, and the toast,  concluding with Italian supergroup Subsonica, and dj Daddy G.  The entire show is broadcoast from 10 pm on Radio1, Rai.
Wedesday, December 31, 9:30 pm -?

New Year's Eve at the Via Fori Imperiali: Swing Circus Vintage Party
Music from the 1930s to the 1960s with bands and dj's at a party in the Via Fori Imperiali, which will be decorated to replicate a street in 1950s New York. Talk about surreal!  There will be two stages set up, one at Largo Corrado Ricci  near the Colisseum, and the other at the Altare della Patria in Piazza Venezia, with orchestras, djs, Lindy and Hip Hop dancers, while a marching band will go up and down the street, with clowns from the company i “Patatrak professionisti del Kaos!” to amuse the kids. Swing era images will be projected on the ancient ruins. Dancing in the street from 8-10 pm.The Vacuna’s Jazz Band, opens the party with a parade. And you'll be perfectly positioned to watch the fireworks go off over the Fori Imperiali at midnight.

New Year's Eve: Amore 015
This annual mass party takes place at the humongous Fiera di Roma. This year's program boasts a huge roster of 50 international artists over the course of three days, from December 30 to January 1. Some 30,000 guests are expeted over the course of the festivities. Some of the headliners: Canadian dj Richie Hawtin, dance music specialist Dixon, German techno musicians Chris Liebing, Chilean dj Ricardo Villalobos, Planet Funk, pianist Francesco Tristano.
Fiera di Roma, Via Portuense, 1645 
From Tuesday, December 30 8 pm
€60-€22 tel 800 300 827 www.amorefestival.it

La ChiaraStella. I canti di Natale nelle tradizioni popolari

Ambrogio Sparagna and orchestra always put on a great show. Sparagna has devoted himself to the preservation and performance of traditional music of the Mediterranean, and his guests are leading performers in their genres. This annual Christmas event always draws a crowd.
Auditoriu Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli
Friday, January 5, 9 pm; Saturday, January 6, 6 pm
€15 tel 892 982 www.listicket.it



An annual event bringing leading gospel groups from the USA to Rome.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli
tel 892 982 www.listicket.it

Harlem Gospel Choir

The most celebrated gospel choir in America, founded in 1986, the opening concert and always the highlight of the festival.
Sunday, December 21, 9 pm




Anthony Morgan's The Harlem Spirit of Gospel

Traditional gospel music blending in pop and r&b.
Monday, December 22, 9 pm





Mike McCoy & Voices United

From Washington, D.C. Winners of the 2010 "Stellar Award for Contemporary Choir of the Year."
Tuesday, December 23 9 pm





The New York Gospel Spirit

A 12-voice choir, tells the history of gospel sounds from African music to contemporary r&b.
Thursday, December 25, 6 pm





Craig Adams and The Voices Of New Orleans

Traditional gospel music with an r&b flavor.  Since childhood, Adams has figured in the New Orleans gospel scene and is  a Grammy Awards jurist in the category of US Gospel.
Friday,  December 26, 9 pm



Pastor Patrick George: Up Choir

Patrick George got his start on the reality tv show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2008. Contemporary gospel music.
Saturday, December 27, 9 pm






The Charleston Mass Choir
From South Carolina, gospel, soul, r&b. 
Sunday, December 28, 6 pm




F.O.C.U.S. Sound of Victory

From Charleston, South Carolina, an original contemporary gospel sound.
Monday, December 29, 9 pm





Trinie Massie and The Sound of Gospel Singers

Massie, the musical of the  Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, has an impressive, large and fluid voice.
Tuesday, December 30, 9 pm



Kevin Lemons and  Higher Calling

From Atlanta, the descendant of a line of gospel musicians, and his 10-voice choir,
whose lastest release "Declaration", hit the  Billboard Gospel Charts and the  iTunes Gospel Charts. Original compositions and traditional gospel.
Wednesday, December 31, 10 pm







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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