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Maestro Pappano Opens the Season
The season of the orchestra and chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia opens this weekend, with Antonio Pappano conducting a popular program including the colorful "Night on Bald Mountain" by Musourgski and the Alpine Symphony of Richard Strauss. The highlight, though is the second piano concerto of Rachmaninoff, performed by the superb Evgeny Kissin, who is commonly viewed as a great successor of the Russian Piano School because of his virtuosity and powerful key touch. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, October 25; Monday, October 27; Tuesday, October 28. more

Chamber Music: Lynn Harrell Trio
This week'at the Aula Magna of La Sapienza, an exciting trio of extraordinary soloists,with Lynn Harrell, one of the most distinguished cellists on the international stage; violinist Julian Rachlin,who is the youngest soloist to ever play with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Riccardo Muti; and
pianist Zhang Zuo, who won first prizes at China's 1st International Piano Concerto Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in America, and the Krainev International Piano Competition in Ukraine. They'll perform the great Archduke Trio of Beethoven and Schubert's Trio in B flat major. Tuesday, October 28. more

Gilberto Gil
One of the most important South American musicians of all time, Gil  the Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, is known both  for his musical innovation and his political commitment. Gil's musical style incorporates an eclectic range of influences, including rock music, Brazilian genres including samba, African music, and reggae. Beginning in 1967, he has released a long and impressive list of recordings. His most recent album, released this year, is Gilbertos Samba. Hear him at the Auditorium della Conciliazione, Friday, October 24. more

Anastacia
The American singer, presenting a new album, Resurrection. Her debut album, Not That Kind, released in 2000 was an international commercial success, most notably in Europe as well as Australia, where the lead single "I'm Outta Love" became the biggest selling song of the year. She's at the Auditorium Parco della Musica,
Wednesday, October 29. more

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam
In this ninth Cirque du Soleil spectacular, Zoé is a bored little girl whose parents ignore her. She slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam, a word simultaneously implying everyone and no none - where she meets an array of colorful characters who encourage her to free her soul. The show premiered in 1996 in Montreal. It's currently on a year-long European tour that began last January. At the Palalottomatica, October 22-29. more

A New Rigoletto
The Teatro dell'Opera di Rome, which has been beset by relentless union problems and budgetary nightmares, nevertheless completes its 2013-2014 season with this new production of Verdi's popular opera, designed by Frederica Parolini, directed by Leo Muscato and conducted by Renato Palumbo. The Gilda, in most of the performances, is the young soprano Claudia Boyle who appears this season at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden and the English National Opera. The Duke is Gianluca Terranova, who has performed the role at the Teatro alla Scala Milan at the Los Angeles Opera. Through October 31. more

RomaEuropa Festival: Dada Masilo's Carmen
The highlight of the RomaEuropa Festival this week is a new interpretation of the classic story with music from George Bizet's opera. Realized by the South African dancer-choreographer Dado Masilo and her company of dancers, it combines ballet with African dance and flamenco. The worked premiered this year at the Biennale de Lyon, where it was noted for its themes of eroticism, power, sex and manipulation." At the Teatro Brancaccio, Wednesday, October 29-Sunday, November 2. more

In the Museums
Opening this week at the Scuderie del Quirinale, Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo, one of the foremeost artists of the Flemish Renaissance. And opening 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, the works of important young German artist Tobias Rehberger, as well as an exhibition of the annual Rome Foto Festival, and Shout!, displaying work by 11 emerging Indonesian artists. At the Palazzo Venezia, La Leggendarie tombe di Mawangdu, relics from a 2,000 year-old aristocratic Chinese tomb. At the Castel Sant'Angelo, I Papi della speranza, More than one hundred master works reflecting  the religious environment in 16th century Rome. At the Museo Carlo Bilotti, Dreamings and the Australian Aboriginal – Art Meets De Chirico,  selection of contemporary Australian Aboriginal works in acrylic from the Missana Sordelllo collection.
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