The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai will be taking part in MiTo Settembre Musica with a concert, presented in Turin and Milan, focusing on composers Fabio Vacchi and Beat Furrer, to whom the Festival is dedicating a broad insight. On Wednesday 17 September at 9 pm at Rai’s Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and on Thursday 18 September at 9 pm at the Sala Verdi of Milan’s conservatory, the performance will include a large orchestra arrangement of Fabio Vacchi’s Dai calanchi di Sabbiuno, written in 1997; Veglia Prima for orchestra, written in 2000; and the Italian premiere of Tagebuch der Empörung for large orchestra, written in 2010.
Beat Furrer’s works included in the program – both Italian premieres – are Canti della Tenebra, for mezzo and ensemble, after texts by Dino Campana, written in 2013, and interpreted by Gabriella Sborgi; and La Bianca Notte, for soprano, baritone, and ensemble, after texts by Dino Campana and Sibilla Aleramo, written in 2013, and interpreted by Giulia Peri and Roberto Abbondanza.
Beat Furrer, a much appreciated conductor himself, will also be on the podium, conducting the Rai Orchestra. Admission to both concerts is free.
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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Israeli singer Noa will be starring at the concert for the opening of the 66th edition of Prix Italia, broadcasted live on Rai5 on Sunday 21 September at 9 pm, from Rai’s Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin. Noa is known worldwide for her efforts aiming at making music a means to bringing conflicting people together, with a special eye on the tragic Middle East conflict. She is joined by the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and by guitar player Gil Dor, conducted by Ilan Mochiach.
The program includes a selection of songs with orchestral arrangements from Noa’s repertoire, such as “Three Days”, “Yuma”, “Mishaela”, and some traditional Neapolitan songs like “Era di Maggio” or “Tammuriata Nera”. The Orchesta Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai also presents a brilliant symphonic piece: the Overture from Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta “Candide”.
The concert will also be broadcasted live by Radio3, and is part of the program of the MiTo Settembre Musica Festival.
The 2014-2015 season of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai opens on 25 and 26 September celebrating its 20th anniversary. Twenty-two concerts, from September to May, at Rai Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini”, in Turin. All concerts have double dates, are broadcasted live on Radio3, and audio-video streamed live on www.classica.rai.it and www.osn.rai.it. From this year many of Thursdays’ Red round concerts will be broadcasted live on Rai5. For this reason, and to meet Rai channel’s programming needs, such concerts are scheduled at 9 pm. Blue round Friday concerts continue to be scheduled at 8.30 pm.
The opening, on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 September 2014, will see Rai Orchestra’s Principal conductor Juraj Valčuha interpreting Ludwig van Beethoven’s choral and symphonic masterpiece Missa Solemnis in D major Op. 123. Coro Maghini, directed by Claudio Chiavazza, will be joining a team of great voices: soprano Veronica Cangemi, mezzo Julia Gertseva, tenor Jeremy Ovenden, and bass Andreas Scheibner. The evening will celebrate twenty years since Rai Orchestra’s foundation and its first concert on 24 September 1994 in Turin, conducted by George Prêtre, during Prix Italia.