Santa Cecilia returns to the USA with our energy

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017

Thanks to the support of Enel, after 48 years the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world, will be returning to perform in the United States.

“When you’re in New York and you ask someone how to get to Carnegie Hall, they’ll respond: ‘you’ve got to travel a long way, study a lot, and practice, practice, practice,” Antonio Pappano, director of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, said with a mixture of enthusiasm and emotion during the presentation of the tour which shall bring the ensemble back to United States between the 20 and 25 October with two dates and a special program at, naturally, Carnegie Hall.

The USA 2017 tour of the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia will be in New York on the 20th and 21st October before moving on to Boston (22 October), Rochester (23 October), and Washington, DC (25 October).  Maestro Pappano will debut at Carnegie Hall on the 20th with a program including the symphony from Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, Prokovief’s Third Concerto, and Pini e Fontane, Ottorino Resphighi’s symphonic poem celebrating the beauty of the Italian capital. The 21st will see a different set: the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will interpret La nuova Euridice secondo Rilke by Salvatore Sciarrino, which will be followed by Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.

“Being at the side of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to help bring them back to the United States is a unique occasion for Enel,” said Carlo Tamburi, Country Italia director of the Group, at the launch of the “Tournée USA 2017” on 16 October at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activity and Tourism. “A way,” he added, “for the company to once again be close to our country’s great cultural institutions promoting Italian culture throughout the world. Our company supports the institutional activities of the Foundation of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, of which we’ve been founding members for 14 years, with special projects dedicated to families and education.”

In addition to having helped bring the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia to the great capitals of Europe (Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Bucharest, Bratislava, Moscow) and to the Americas, Enel is a supporter of the youth orchestra JuniOrchestra. Next December, for the third year in a row, they will perform the traditional Christmas concert for our employees. “The attention to training the young is fundamental for allowing new talents to one day emerge. It is a way to help excellence grow in our country,” Tamburi concluded.

The central role of the public-private partnership for the support and the promotion of Italian cultural and artistic heritage was also reaffirmed by the head of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activity and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, who participated in the press conference as well.

“To give even more prestige to the American trip,” Michele Dall’Ongaro, president and superintendent of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, explained, “three treasures of Italian stringed instruments will also be present: the Stradivari violin owned by the Academy and known “Il Toscano” (the Tuscan), one of five pieces created by the maestro from Cremona in 1690; a violin from 1651 made by Nicola Amati – an instrument that Stradivari himself used to learn as a young boy – owned by the Foundation Pro Canale; and, in the end, the violincello Guarneri del Gesù, another formidable name of Italian stringed instrument making between 1600 and 1700.”

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