Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in New York, Chicago, Rochester and Washington with the ‘Three Treasures’

The Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, founded in 1908 in Rome, returned to the States after 48 years of absence as ambassador of Italian excellence, playing in New York at the Carnegie Hall, in Chicago at the Symphony Hall, in Rochester at the Kodak Hall, and in Washington at the Kennedy Center.

Conducted by Music Director Antonio Pappano, the program presented featured Verdi’s Aida Sinfonia, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Respighi’s quintessentially Italian symphonic poems Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. However, the outstanding performances are not the only excellence toured by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in fact, it brought to the U.S. the ‘Three Treasures’ (paraphrasing the ‘Three Tenors’) – I.e. three invaluable instruments: a Stradivari violin called ‘The Tuscan’ of 1690 owned by the Academia, a Nicolò Amati violin of 1651 lent  by the Fondazone Pro Canale, and a Guarneri di Gesù cello borrowed from Tarisio.

Michele Dall’Ongaro, Superintendent President of Santa Cecilia, commented: “We did not go to the United States for 48 years, and now we do so with a piece of Italy that is committed and hardworking, thanks to an orchestra and choir boasting elements selected through rigid and tough competitions. And thanks to Pappano, (…) who will, fortunately, stay with us until 2021.” Pappano, excited about his return to America where he spent some of his youth, said: “We are feeling ambassadors of the Made in Italy.”

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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