Nominated by Gramophone as one of ten emerging orchestra conductors of today’s musical arena, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša is musical director and principal conductor of the Prague Philharmonic, of Glyndebourne Opera, as well as principal guest conductor of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He will make his debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai during its third concert of the 2014-2015 Season, scheduled for Thursday 30 October at 9 pm, at the Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini”, and broadcasted live on Radio3 and audio-video streamed live on www.osn.rai.it.
For this debut, Hrůša will be presenting - for the first time in Turin with the Rai Orchestra – Hakon Jarl , a symphonic poem written by Bohemian composer Bedřich Smetana between January 1860 and March 1861, at the end of his Swedish period, and dedicated to the legendary character of the pagan hero fighting for Norway’s throne against Christian Crown Prince Olaf Tryggvason.
Internationally renowned violinist Viktoria Mullova, well known for the extraordinary versatility of her performances, will also be starring at the event. Joining the Rai Orchestra she will perform Dmitrij Šostakovič’s Concerto No.1 in A minor Op. 77 for violin and orchestra, composed in 1948, but banned by Soviet censorship and performed for the first time only seven years later, following Stalin’s death, by David Ojstrach.
The program will end with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 in D major Op. 60, composed between 27 August and 15 October 1880, and performed by the Prague Philharmonic only a year later, after Wiener Philarmoniker’s conductor Hans Richter had long postponed its premiere. The concert will be filmed by Rai5 for future broadcasting.
The concert will be repeated on Friday 31 October at 8.30 pm.
The “Italian journey” of Chinese pianist Lang Lang begins in Turin, at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” on Tuesday 4 November at 9 pm, and broadcasted live on Rai5 and Radio3. It is the first of four stages that will see him also in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Lampedusa, between the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015. All events will be filmed and broadcasted live on tv, radio and Rai’s websites.
The first recital, included within the concert season of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, will have Lang Lang presenting a new program, where Johann Sebastian Bach’s Italian Concerto will be living alongside some great romantic works like Čajkovskij’s The Seasons and Chopin’s four Scherzos.
On the side of this musical event Lang Lang will be holding a master class for piano students in Turin, Wednesday 5 November at 2 pm.
The next appointment is on Friday, 21 November at 8.30 pm in Rome, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, falling within the concert season of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. During this new recital, once again broadcasted live on Rai5 and Radio3, Lang Lang will be playing three Mozart sonatas (No. 5 KV 283, No. 4 KV 282, and No. 8 KV 310), and Chopin’s Ballades. The program reaches Italy for the first time, after the great success it enjoyed in cities like London and Luzern.
The following events are scheduled for the Spring of 2015. One recital will be on 4 May at the new Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and another – on a date still to be confirmed – will be at Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, and included within the Expo events.
Lang Lang’s “Italian journey” will end with a great charity event that will bring him, as a UN Messenger of Peace, to Lampedusa, a highly symbolic place collecting all dramas and hopes of our time.
Rai will be making a documentary telling the story of the events and appointments of such a great Chinese pianist on his “Italian adventure”.
Appointed “Messenger of Peace” by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he’s been the star of many large events, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony, Grammy Awards in Los Angeles with Metallica, and the closing ceremony of Rio de Janeiro’s Soccer World Cup. We are talking about Lang Lang, the great Chinese pianist, who will be in Turin on Tuesday 4 November to perform at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini”. The program, which he is here presenting for the first time, includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Italian Concerto, and some great romantic pieces like Čajkovskij’s The Seasons, and Chopin’s Four Scherzos. Concert tickets, not part of the season’s subscription of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, are available beginning Friday 12 September, at the Auditorium Rai’s ticket office, as well as on www.osn.rai.it. The ticket office is open from 10.30 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Friday. For more information: Te. +39 011 8104653; email@example.com
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