The concert season of the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra: from Stefano Accorsi to Paolo Fresu


By John

The 64th concert season of the Politeama was presented in the red room at the Politeama theatre.Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, which saw the participation of the superintendent Andrea Peria Giaconia; of the regional councilor for Tourism, Sport and Entertainment, Elvira Amata; of the president of the Board of Directors, Gaetano Cuccio and of the artistic consultant of the superintendent, professor Dario Oliveri. A program that combines tradition and innovation, which winks at young people and which also includes cinema. Among the protagonists Stefano Accorsi, with his “Orlando Forioso”, fresh from success throughout Italy, sold out in over five hundred performances, and then again Nino Rota with his famous creations for Visconti and Fellini and then Paolo Fresu who created an ad hoc show for the orchestra, Beatrice Venezi who will be the protagonist of two concerts on the music of Tchaikovsky, and Ramin Bahrami. The debut is scheduled for November 10th with classic pieces by Beethoven: the Fifth Symphony and the concert “Emperor ” directed by Barry Douglas.

Then Mussorgsky with “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Ravel, until the return of one of the conductors that the Symphony Orchestra loved most: Donato Renzetti, who returns on December 1st to perform Franck and Ravel, and then return in mid-May for Liszt and Wagner’s most beautiful overtures, from Parsifal to the Mastersingers and Tannhauser. The press conference was opened by the president of the Board of Directors, Gaetano Cuccio, who thanked the councilors Lorenzo Catalano, Sonia Giacalone, Alessandra Ginestra, Dario Romano, the superintendent Andrea Peria and the professor Dario Oliveri “for the intense work done for the creation of a season so rich in artists and significant works. I address particular appreciation – he said – to our great orchestra and to all the offices involved in organizing the shows. I would like to thank the city of Palermo and its citizens, inviting them to stay with us and to experience the wonderful world of the art of music together and I hope for great participation from everyone.”

“I am convinced – said Andrea Peria – that the variety of the offer can please the public. An example for everyone: Nicola Piovani will conduct Nicola Piovani and it will be a party for the public like the Christmas and New Year concerts which will be particularly festive. We also wanted Rachmaninoff with his concerto no. 2, and we have not excluded contemporary music with songs written by Incardona, Paolo Fresu or Stockhausen. The more varied the offer, the more it will appeal to a greater number of audiences

“I’m very happy – said Councilor Amata – the involvement of schools, the planned meetings with the artists and the tests open to students. It is certainly an important step for a dutiful musical education of which Italy was once proud”

This season the soloists who will perform for the first time in Palermo with the Symphony Orchestra are 14, the works in the first performance in Palermo are 13, the works in the first Italian performance are 4, the special projects expressly conceived for the Orchestra there are two. “My objective – said the consultant Oliveri – was to consolidate the empathy and the relationship of mutual affection and trust between the orchestra and its traditional audience, also involving new segments of spectators to discover the beauty and the charm of a live musical performance”.