Following personal success at New York’s Metropolitan Opera where he conducted Šostakovič’s Lady Macbeth of Mcensk, great American conductor James Conlon is soon to be again on the podium of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai. After leading Paris’ Opéra and Rotterdam’s Philharmonic, he is now principal conductor of Los Angeles Opera, of Ravinia Festival, and of Cincinnati May Festival. During the concert scheduled for Thursday 18 December at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and broadcasted live on Radio3, he will be conducting a selection of three pieces from Modest Musorgskij’s Chovanščina: The Prelude, Golitsyn’s exile, and the Dance of the Persian Slaves. Sergej Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1 for piano and orchestra will follow, interpreted by French pianist Lise De La Salle, who is a regular guest of some of the most prestigious Orchestras, and particularly appreciated as an interpreter of Rachmaninov’s work. She is presently recording his complete piano concertos with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra.
The event will close with Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36. The symphony was composed almost entirely in 1877 – Čajkovskij’s dreadful year in which he attempted suicide – and completed on 7 January 1878 during his stay in Italy, in Sanremo.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 19 December at 8.30 pm.
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The concert of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai scheduled for Tuesday 23 December at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin and broadcasted live on Radio3 is a journey into musical fairy tales. Conductor Juraj Valčuha will be presenting Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in F minor Op. VIII No. 4 for violin, strings and basso continuo The Winter, interpreted by Rai Orchestra’s first violin Roberto Ranfaldi. The Concerto will be followed by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij’s Suite Op. 66 from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty, by Maurice Ravel’s five orchestral pieces for children Ma mère l’Oye, and by Igor Stravinskij’s Suite from the ballet L’oiseau de feu.
The concert of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai scheduled for Tuesday 23 December at 3.30 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin is a journey into musical fairy tales. Central to the event are the stories of The Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, as told by Maurice Ravel through his five orchestral pieces Ma mère l’Oye dedicated to children, and that of the Firebird and of the evil magician Kashchei created by Igor Stravinskij for his famous ballet L’oiseau de feu, here presented as a symphonic suite. The characters are brought to life by Lorenzo Branchetti, known as Melevisione’s Milo Cotogno, who will be describing their adventures. Rai Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Juraj Valčuha will be conducting from the podium.
The show is a Christmas gift to children and adults, and entrance is free charge. Tickets may be redeemed at Rai Auditorium’s box office, in Via Rossini, in Turin, Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 6 pm. Each adult may collect a maximum of 4 tickets, and subject to availability.