First of all, we wish all the best to all our fellow countrymen on the occasion of Italy’s National Day, inviting them to watch the special events that are programmed these days.
A very special event, organized right on the occasion of the National Day, is the extraordinary concert for classic accordion and orchestra, which will take place on June 1, in the Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum.
The music will be performed by the Romanian Youth Orchestra, conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea, and the soloist Pietro Roffi, a young and talented musician who plays classic accordion. Among the objectives of this concert, which is one o the most important events organized this year by the Italian Culture Institute, besides officially celebrating this civil anniversary, is also included the objective of facilitating the meeting and the artistic cooperation between Romanian young musicians and the Italian ones. Both countries have a solid musical culture and we appreciate that experience exchange contributes to acquiring better results, as well as to a real European integration, which has to underlie basically on the cultural exchanges. This concert chosen to celebrate Italy’s National Day also provides us the opportunity to promote and highlight a musical instrument which is part of the excellence areas of Italy: the accordion.
Not everybody probably knows that a musical instrument similar to accordion, based on the same mechanical principles, has been designed by Mario Buonoconto, a producer of string instruments, on the basis of a project belonging to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Subsequently, the accordionist Denis Biasin played this instrument at Castelfidardo, a Capital of the accordion, where there are several companies producing these musical instruments, a place where there are musical contests and where you can find a museum dedicated to the accordion. Buonoconto stated that the drawings left by Leonardo Da Vinci have anticipated with three hundred years the official invention of the accordion. Buonoconto’s musical instrument, entirely handmade, has been exposed at the end of 2009, at the National Museum of the Accordion in Castelfidardo.
Returning to the protagonists of the concert, we should mention that soloist Pietro Roffi is not at his first experience in Romania, we could say that he comes often in our country, where he is much appreciated. Not a long time ago he was at Cluj-Napoca, where he held a master class at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy. He performed in Bucharest, at the National Music University, as well as at the Italian Culture Institute. Recently, he had a great success in Malta. Pietro Roffi was born in 1992; he studied “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, graduating with maximum grade and honorary special mention, winning more than fifteen national and international contests of modern music. He performed concerts almost everywhere in the world. He is dedicated to the study of baroque, classic and contemporary music. Extremely interested on the new borders of the contemporary music, he constantly cooperates with famous Italian composers related to the songs in which accordion is directly involved. He also wrote a treatise of composition for accordion, which is pending to be published.
In 2016 he will perform a large tournament in Romania, Australia, South Africa, China, UK and Chile. Also in 2016, he will record his first album devoted entirely to the Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonatas.
Romanian Youth Orchestra (photo), wanted by the violoncellist and professor Marin Cazacu, is much more than a simple orchestra; it’s a project gathering the best young Romanian musicians, aiming to generate a unique artistic experience. It is rightfully deemed the best Romanian orchestra in the last years. It remarked itself also at the international level, being successful among the critics and the audience.
Only 28 years old, conductor Gabriel Bebeselea is already known as one of the most genial Romanian conductors in the last decades. In 2011 he was appointed to be the conductor of the Romanian National Opera of Iasi; in 2014 he became the director of the State Philharmonic of Sibiu, and in September 2016 he will become the director of the “Transilvania” State Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca.
One of the passions that Master Gabriel Bebeselea has is to cooperate with young musicians: since 2011 he leads the National Youth Orchestra of Moldova, and from 2006 to 2009 he led Sibiu Youth Orchestra, whose founder he is.
Thus, it will be a youthful, exciting, captivating evening, having a rich and varied program, from Gorka Hermosa to Luigi Boccherini, from Béla Bartók to Sabin Pautza, Giacomo Puccini, Astor Piazzolla and Antonio Vivaldi.
On June, along this concert, our Institute also suggests other cultural meetings of a large interest. On June 6, we will host a conference with film screenings called “Restitution of the antiquity through the virtual reality: 3D visualization tools for stimulating the knowledge of our archeological heritage”.
The presentation will be performed by Altair4 Multimedia, a specialized company which elaborates 3D virtual archeological reconstructions for television (Alberto e Piero Angela, Rai, BBC, Fr2, Fr3, National Geographic and Discovery Channel).
It also cooperates with international museums such as British Museum, Louvre, as well as with National Geographic, Tokyo University, Mondadori, Electa, Rizzoli and other publishers. It is an opportunity for the Institute’s public to know new perspectives of science, combining archeology with the high-tech.
On Wednesday, June 8, Flavia Cuturi, professor at the “L’Orientale” University of Naples, will describe the results of her academic research related to the “Dishes sold on the street in Naples and Campania. Social and cultural issues and working opportunities in a developing field”. The approached subject will include the presentation of the first results of a research performed on dishes cooked and consumed on the street in Naples, deemed as a cultural heritage and an engine of the city’s economy, integrated in its regional and national context. Today, street food, namely food sold in small portions, home-cooked to be consumed in public places (squares, streets, markets) by the ambulant sellers or in fixed places, is a growing phenomenon in all the cities, including in Romanian cities.
June (more exactly, on Friday, June 24) will end with Night of Cultural Institutes. The rich program prepared by our Institute includes a photography exhibition entitled “Immota Manet”, presenting around 50 black and white images that captured the consequences of the earthquake from l’Aquila, performed by the architect Maria Benedetta Bossi in June 2009 – July 2010.
The exhibition will be followed by a concert held by Anemos Quintet and offered by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region: “Italian sound, Friuli on musical notes”. The evening will continue with an outdoor screening , inside the Institute’s garden, of a surprising comedy, while at midnight we’ll provide the public with a cuisine lesson followed by the customary (and usually appreciated) “Midnight Spaghetti”.