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Lisa Batiashvili plays Sibelius
This week Maestro Pappano rejoins the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in a program of three popular favorites: Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice (made famous in the Disney film "Fantasia"), the Sibelious Violin Concerto, and the Ravel orchestration of Musourgski's "Pictures at an Exhibition."Soloist in the beloved Sibelius concerto, Lisa Batiashvili is the 2014/15 Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic and NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg. The Georgian violinist also frequently works with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and other major orchestras worldwide. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. She plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” violin from 1739. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica,
Saturday, January 24 ; Sunday, January 25; Tuesday, January 27 more

Quartetto Cremona plays Beethoven
The string quartet, founded in Cremona, is considered one of the best of its generation. Since 2011 the quartet has been Artist-in-residence at the Società del Quartetto in Milan for projects which include concerts and collaborations that culminated in 2014 with the complete performance of the Beethoven quartets, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the institution. Since 2012, the ensemble has also been Artist-in-residence at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. They'll perform a program of three Beethoven quartets at theAula Magna, Università La Sapienza, Saturday, January 24. more

Ed Sheeran - British Rock
The English singer-songwriter's popularity abroad began in 2012.  His "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he performed the song in duet with Elton John during the ceremony. He spent much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Taylor Swift's The Red Tour. In autumn 2013 Sheeran performed three sold out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden as a headline act (with Swift making a guest appearance on the second night). His second studio album titled X (read as "multiply") was released worldwide in June 2014, charting at number one in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 and nominated for Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Hear him at the Palalottomatica, Monday, January 26. more

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma: Werther
The opera by Jules Massenet based on the book by Goethe, comes to Rome in a stunning co-production with Oper Frankfurt directed by Willy Decker with sets and costumes by Wolfgang Gussmann.The cast is exciting: In the title role, the extraordinary tenor Francesco Meli, a favorite of Maestro Muti, who performs at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera House, and the Vienna State Opera. As Charlotte, Veronica Simeoni, a protégé of the great Raina Kabaivonska, performs at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala Milano; and as Sophie, Ekaterina Sadovnikova performs at the Royal Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo and the Bolshoi Opera.Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, throughThursday, January 29. more

Giorno della Memoria - Day of Remembrance
The Day of Remembrance is part of a week-long natinal commemoration of the deportation of Italy's Jews, Gypsies and other minorities under Nazi rule during World War II. Highlights include two impressive concerts. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, a free concert features Yiddish songs performed by Ute Lemper and Myiriam Fuks, gypsy singer Marian Balog and the formidable violinist Roby Lakatos, the contemporary ensemble and children's chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, among others, Monday, January 26. A concert at the Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza features Stravinsky's "Histoire du Soldat" adapted and narrated by Peppe Servillo, along with songs by Debussy, Messaien and others performed by soprano Lorna Windsor, wit the Ensemble Berlin and pianist Antonio Battista. more
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In the Museums
A summary of a year-long celeration of two-thousand years since the reign of Augustus, Rivoluzione Augusto is at Palazza Massimo.A retrospective dedicated to 20th century photojournalist Mario Dondero is at the Terme di Diocleziano. A selection of recent sculpture in large dimension by contemporary artist Bruno Libertore is at the Museo Mercato di Traiano. La roma di Ettore Roesler-Franz, images of Rome by the 19th century watercolorist and photographer are at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere. The sculptures of American artist Beverly Pepper are on display at the Museo Ara Pacis. At MAXXI, Bellissima. L’Italia dell’alta moda 1945 – 1968, twenty years of Italian fashion, and the same museum, Unedited History Iran 1960 – 2014 , 200 images by more than 20 artists. . At the Quirinale Palace, 20 huge tapestries created for Cosimo I de Medici, Il Principe dei Sogni. At the Museo di Roma-Palazzo Braschi,. Food - Il Futuro Del Cibo, addressing the problem of feeding a burgeoning population, opens this week at the Palazzo Espozioni. And at the same museum, Numeri – Tutto quello che conta da zero a infinito, an inter-active exhibition for all ages. A retrospective of work by Norman Rockwell is at the Museo Fondazione Roma - Palazzo Sciarra Colonna. At the Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, clay sculptures of Neapolitan artist, Vincenzo Gemito and Artisti dell’Ottocento: temi e riscoperte, paintings from the museum’s permanent collection of the late 19th and early 20th century paintings. At GNAM, the Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna, Secessione e Avanguardia. 1905-1915 explores Italian art before WWI. At the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi Fotografie di Roma dal 1986 al 2006 presents iimages of the Eternal City collected from the portfolios of nine widely recognized Italian photographers, and at the same museum, Vestiti dei Sogni, dedicated to the excellence of Italian film costume. At the Villa Medici, I Bassifond del Borocco, works from the first half of the 17th century. At the Complesso del Vittoriano, Mario Sironi 1885 – 1961, a major retrospective of one of the greatest masters of 20th century Italian art, as well as a retropsective of Roman artist Gianni Testa. At the Palazzo Barberini, Da Guercino a Carvaggio, works from the collectionof Sir Denis Mahon. At the Musei Capitolini, Tiepolo: I colori del disegno works by the master painters and printmakers of 18th-century Venice. A major retrospetive of the work of MC Escher is at the Chiostro Bramante. At MACRO, an exhibition of the annual Rome Foto Festival. At the Palazzo Venezia, La Leggendarie tombe di Mawangdu, relics from a 2,000 year-old aristocratic Chinese tomb.
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