Monday, June 14, 2010

Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma at Carnegi Hall June 7th 2010

As the story goes...when walking down the street with his violin a man was asked: How do I get to Carnegie Hall? - Practice. Practice. Practice. This scene must happen a lot even now. For on your first trip to this world famous concert hall its easy to get lost. If you think your walking the wrong direction just ask someone that looks like they are in the know. Hopefully the answer you get is more then - Practice. Practice. Practice. Once one finds 57Th and 7Th Avenue prepare to be amazed and humbled by this turn of the century building built entirely of masonry. On June 7Th the "Hall" was host to the Debut of the Rome Symphony Orchestra. (Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma) The program started off with Italian composer Giuseppe Martucci's Notturno, op. 70, No.1 and Tarantella, Op. 44, No. 6. Martucci was one of many in Italy that wanted to compose non-operatic Italian music. Writing most of his work for the piano to then orchestrated them latter in his life, the Tarantella No. 6 was one that he orchestrated just a year before his death. Then the lovely Soprano, Eilana Lappalainen came out with a Choir of many talented singers to sing Francis Poulenc's Gloria for Soprano, chorus and Orchestra. This was an eye opening performance with all the singers in the background and Eilana's voice reaching the molded cycling. The Conductor, Francesco La Vecchia is one of the most passionate conductors to watch on stage. The last Symphony on the program was Italian Composer Alfredo Casella's Symphony No. 3, Op. 63. This was the darkest selection of the night, very edgy with heavy bass and cello movements. The Carnegie Hall audiences are not as trained as the patrons at Lincoln Center, clapping between measures and whispering during the music, but its all about the sound that radiates around this perfect room. Most of the audience did not stay for the two encores that Francesco gave us names of in Italian, but if they did stay most would have known these short melodies.

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