2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nino Rota and already over the last few months a number of commemorative concerts have taken place.
This month various Italian and foreign orchestras will pay homage to the composer including in their concerts some of his most famous compositions. Below we offer details on some of these initiatives.
On 1st and 2nd December the Olso Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Enrique Mazzola, will perform the suite from the ballet La Strada.
The Madrid Orquésta Sinfonica RTVE will perform Concerto per trombone on 2nd and 3rd December. The orchestra will be conducted by Jan Söderblom and the soloist is Ximo Vicedo.
On 12th December the series of commemorative concerts that the Milan Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi and the conductor Giuseppe Grazioli are dedicating to the composer, ‘La leggerezza dell’ascolto (The lightness of listening) – Nino Rota: Milano 1911-Roma 1979’, continues with a performance of Concerto per arpa and the suite from Guerra e Pace.
Finally, a further three performances of the suite from La Strada will take place on 21st and 22nd December in Lecce and on 31st December at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. The former two renditions will be performed by the Lecce Orchestra Sinfonica under the direction of Marcello Panni while the latter will be performed by the Royal Danish Orchestra. The orchestra has included the piece in its end of year concert, to be conducted by Thomas Søndergård.