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Week of Friday, December 12 - Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The celebrations have started, with trees lit up at the Piazzza Venezia and the Colosseum, lights strung along the Via del Corso, the holiday market attracting crowds at Piazza Navona, and the Christmas Village in full blaze at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Skating rinks are open at the Parco della Musica and the Castel Sant'Angelo park.

The Tallis Scholars
The ten-member vocal ensemble specializes in a cappella sacred music of the renaissance as well as a scattering of works by contemporary composers. They have been celebrating their 40-year career anniversary with an ambitious world tour, which this week stops in Rome, where they'll presesnt a concert of music by Desprès, Palestrina, Allegri, Pärt, Mouton and Praetorius. Their latest release, John Taverner's Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas and Magnifcats is number one on the UK Specialist Classical Music chart, where it has been for the past six weeks. At the Aula Magna, Università La Sapienza, Tuesday, December 16. more

Gergiev conducts Prokofiev
Arguably the world's leading interpretor of Russian music, conductor Valery Gergiev leads the Orchestra of the Marinsky Theater of Saint Petersburg in the last of a series of concerts this week commemorating the music of composer Sergei Prokofiev, who died in 1953 . Maestro Gergiev will conduct symphonies three and six, Friday, December 12. Then Saturday through Monday, December 13-15, he leads the chorus and orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecila, with the extraordinary virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos in Prokofiev's first Violin concerto on a program that also includes the Russa Overture and the concerto scenario Ivan the Terrible, which was originally composed in 1942-45 for Sergei Eisenstein's film of the same name and its sequel. The soloists for this part of the program are soprano Yulia Matochinka and baritone Roman Burdenko. Auditorium Parco della Musica.  more

The week in popular music: Two Cellos, Giorgia, Stromae
Three attractions will grab your attention this week.Two Cellos, two Croatian guys who can really play their instruemnts, signed to Sony Masterworks in 2011, after uploading a music video of their cello-only cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" to YouTube, which got more than three million views in the first two weeks. They're at Atlantico Live, Friday, December 12.
Italian pop icon Giorgia is back at the Palalottomatica, Monday, December 15 after the success of last spring's Senza Paura tour.. The following night, Tuesday, December 16, the Palalottomatica hosts the new channsonier, the young Belgian Stromae, known for his number one European hit "Alors on danse."more

Holiday Music Marathon
One of the biggest events of the year, always with a long list of star turns. This year's expected performers include, among others, rock legend Patti Smith (USA) performing with her two grown children, both outstanding musicians in their own right; ,Bob Sinclar (France), Steve Edwards (UK), the great American master of Gospel, soul and R&B CeCe Rogers (USA), Italy's beloved Renzo Arbore, a TV star, and proponent of Neapolitan music; Imany (France), Suor Cristina, the Urusaline nun who astonished the entire peninsula when she won TV's Voice of Italy and signed with Univeral records; The David Bratton Gospel Choir (USA), and the Children's Choir of the Teatro dell Opera di Roma. Auditorium della Conciliazione, Saturday, December 13. Funds collected benefit the children at risk, supported by the Fondazione Don Bosco Nel Mondo, fighting deforestation and supporting indigenous children and adolescents in Peru. more

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma: The Nutcracker
Once again, Rome's opera theater has pulled out it's charming production, created by by the late Emanuele Luzzati, an Italian painter, production designer, illustrator, film director and animater, who was nominated for Academy Awards for two of his short films, La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) (1965) and Pulcinella (1973). Choreography is by Amadeo Amodio, former principal dancer at La Scala, and founder of Italy's leading contemporary dance company, Aterballeto.  If you can, catch the incredible Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer del New York City Ballet, in the role of Clara, but she'll only dance the role for one performance, Saturday, December 20. Performances continue through January 4.

Moscow Ballet "Classique"
The Moscow Ballet "La Classique,"which tours widely, was founded in 1990 employing dancers from the Bolshoi, Kirov and ballet theaters of Kiev and Odessa. Theyll perform The Nutcracker along with another Tchaikovsky favorite, Swan Lake, both with the original Petipa choreography, in alternation by At the Teatro Olimpico, through December 16. more

This percussion group, which uses ordinary objects and their own bodies to create a rhythmic physical theater, has been entertaining audiences across the globe for nearly 25 years. They now have simultaneus long-running shows in New York, London, Las Vegas, and an international touring company. See them in Rome at the Teatro Brancaccio, Tuesdays-Sundays, through 14. more

In the Museums
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 athte 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 Carlo Bilotti, Imago Mundi, African art from the collection of Luciano Benetton. 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, Nino! an homage to the beloved actor Nino Manfredi. At the Scuderie del Quirinale, Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo, one of the foremeost artists of the Flemish Renaissance. And 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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