He is an eclectic composer working successfully in several areas: movie soundtracks, jazz, recordings, great orchestras, prestigious theatres. She is a violinist with several recordings on the curriculum and described by Los Angeles Times as having “great charisma, untiring musical imagination and authentic passion”. Italian-American Steven Mercurio and Canadian Lara St.John will be starring at the fifth concert of the Season of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionae della Rai, scheduled for Thursday 27 November 201 at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and broadcasted live on Radio3 Rai within the program “Radio3 Suite”.
With the Orchestra they are presenting, in what is Rai’s premiere, the Concerto for violin and orchestra The Red Violin, written in 2003 by John Corigliano, one of America’s most important contemporary composers, prized with a Pulitzer and an Oscar in 1999 for his movie soundtrack written for the film “The Red Violin”.
The concert opens with another Rai premiere: Steven Mercurio’s Mercurial Ouverture, written in 1999. The second part of the program includes Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland’s Suite from the ballet work for Martha Grahm, written between 1944 and 1945; and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from the soundtrack for the film On the Waterfront, written in 1954.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 28 November at 8.30 pm.
Two less known composers like Giuseppe Maria Cambini and Giulio Briccialdi together with renowned names of contemporary music like Luciano Berio, George Gershwin, and Sameul Barber: the new appointment with “Le domeniche dell’Auditorium” - the conversation & concert series with Paolo Gallarati and the chamber ensembles of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, developed in collaboration with Cassa di Risparmio di Asti and with Lions Clubs of Turin district 108 Ia1 - is scheduled for Sunday 30 November at 10.30 am at the Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin.
The wind quintet “Altair” will perform the music accompanying Gallarati’s lecture, during which he will focus on the instruments involved on stage. The “Altair” quintet is made up of Alberto Barletta, flute; Francesco Pomarico, oboe; Cesare Coggi, clarinet; Corrado Saglietti, horn; Elvio Di Martino, bassoon.
The program includes Giuseppe Maria Cambini’s Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, Giulio Briccialdi’s Pot-pourri fantastico su temi dal Barbiere di Siviglia del M° Rossini, Luciano Berio’s Opus Number Zoo, Samuel Barber’s Summer Music Op. 31, and a selection of music from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.
Seats for the conversation & concert events are at 5 and 3 euro (reduced price for young people born in or after 1985) and are available online or at the box office of the Auditorium Rai, also one hour prior to the beginning of the concert.
After delivering some memorable concerts and Brahms’ complete Symphonies with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, great Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov is returning to conduct the Orchestra on Thursday 4 December at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, where they will be interpreting Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony in C minor. It’s a colossal piece of music: the first version had some 2,000 bars lasting approximately one and a half hours, written for an enormous ensemble.
Conductors active at Bruckner’s time considered the symphony extremely difficult to perform. It underwent extensive revisions, testifying of the composer’s constant tendency to rework his music. The version presented by Bychkov and the Rai Orchestra is dated 1890, as published in 1955 and edited by Austrian musicologist Leopold Nowak, delivering precisely what is attributed to Bruckner’s hands, without all previous editing by other people.
The concert is replicated on Friday 5 December at 9 pm, with live radio broadcasting by Radio3 and streamed live with multi-camera filming on www.osn.rai.it.
Foto: Sheila Rock