Concert for Romagna

Concert for Romagna with the Orchestra of the Fondazione Arena di Verona conducted by Beatrice Venezi and the solo violin of Giuseppe Gibboni

The Fondazione Accademia Internazionale di Imola “Incontri con il Maestro” and the Municipality of Imola present the “Concert for Romagna”, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of two icons of the great Italian musical tradition in the world: the Fondazione Arena di Verona and the Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena.

On Sunday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. on the stage of the Ebe Stignani Theater in Imola, the two great excellences, as well as symbols of the art of which our country is the cradle, will stand side by side.

Following the great success of the 100th Opera Festival, the Arena di Verona Foundation Orchestra will perform supporting the important solidarity cause of the concert, conducted by Chigiana alumna, conductor Beatrice Venezi. The program, entirely dedicated to the symphonism of Pyotr Il’ič Tchaikovsky, will include, as the event’s incipit, a performance of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major op. 35, performed as solo violin by Giuseppe Gibboni, one of the last celebrated virtuosos trained at the Accademia Chigiana. Tchaikovsky’s symphonism will shine again, immediately afterwards, in the celebrated Symphony No. 6 in B minor “Patetica”: the audience of the “Concerto per la Romagna” will have the opportunity, therefore, to see both compositions performed by two distinct generations of Italian performers who have matured in the century-old Chigiana forge.

Marked by Corriere della Sera in 2017 as one of the 50 most creative women of the year, Beatrice Venezi has a career studded with international successes, ever since the “Lucca Summer Festival” on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of Puccini’s birth. Last year, she was appointed adviser for Music by Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano.

Giuseppe Gibboni was the 2021 winner of the prestigious Paganini Prize, the fourth Italian in the competition’s history, an occasion on which he also won the Special Prize for the best performance of Paganini’s Concerto, the Special Prize for the highest recognition by the public, and the Special Prize for the best interpretation of Paganini’s Capricci. He plays a Balestrieri 1752 violin lent to him by Stefano Arancio on behalf of Lugano’s Adopt a Musician Project.

“As a City, we are honored to host a new event of high cultural value such as Concerto per la Romagna, on the occasion of the centenary of two institutions, the Fondazione Arena di Verona and the Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena, among the most important and illustrious in the world regarding the Italian music scene. I want to thank the Imola International Academy Foundation “Incontri con il Maestro” and President Corrado Passera for their commitment to this occasion and in particular for their connection with the Arena di Verona Foundation Orchestra. I also consider positive the solidarity intent of the event aimed at the population affected by the May floods, whose difficulties persist and on which we must continue to keep the spotlight high. Once again the theater, in this case the Ebe Stignani Municipal Theater in the heart of our historic center, brings together cultural excellence of the highest profile,” stresses Marco Panieri, mayor of Imola.

“The concert in Imola is meant to be a concrete action of support for the people affected by last May’s flooding: the entire proceeds from the tickets will be donated to support the flooded lands of Romagna. The concert is made possible thanks to the generous sensitivity of the two prestigious music foundations that, united under the sign of the highest international blazon and solidarity, are celebrating their centenaries in Imola, a city devoted to music, where one of the most celebrated institutions of musical training of excellence in Italy and the world, the Fondazione Accademia Internazionale ‘Incontri con il Maestro’, was born and continues to grow.” This is how President Corrado Passera, who has been at the helm of the Academy Foundation in Imola for five years, summarizes the plural synergy of the event.

Tickets can be purchased at starting Oct. 27 or at authorized retailers. On the day of the concert, Sunday, Nov. 12 starting at 4 p.m., any remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the Ebe Stignani Theater box office.

Ticket prices: Stalls and first tier of boxes 40 euros; second and third tier of boxes 30 euros; gallery 10 euros; Under30 single ticket 5 euros purchasable only in the second and third tier boxes.


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