Rome and Florence celebrate Italian Springtime with Music and Concerts

At last, spring has come to Italy! The beautiful season seems to be here now and, with her, the music, which will give rise to vibrations in the largest Italian squares, including Rome and Florence.

Yes, because also this year Rome won’t let us down and the great Concerto del Primo Maggio (May Day Concert) comes back with many Italian and international singers, musicians and special guests.

In Italy, like in many other countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organized by the unions, communists, anarchists, and socialist groups.

“La storia siamo noi – La Storia, la Patria, il Lavoro” (“We are history – The history, the homeland, the work”) is the theme chosen by the Italian trade unions CGIL, CISL and UIL for the 1st May 2011 on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Italian Union.

This year, on a totally-renewed stage, there will be also Ennio Morricone, who received an honorary Academy Award in 2007, with an unpublished track expressly written for the concert: “Elegia per l’Italia”. At the concert, it will be also possible to listen to “Nabucco”, “Bella Ciao”, “Volare” and Mameli’s hymn (the Italian national Anthem).

In addition, the great Orchestra “Roma Sinfionetta”, made up of 72 elements and a chorus of 60 voices.

The 22nd edition of the concert will host many Italian artists: Eugenio Finardi, Daniele Silvestri, Caparezza, Modena City Ramblers, Bandabardò, Gino Paoli, Subsonica, Peppe Servillo, Fausto Mesolella, Edoardo Bennato, Paola Turci, Enzo Avitabile (con Raiz e Cò Sang), Bandervish, Luca Barbarossa and Edoardo De Angelis.

Every year, the concert gathers hundreds of thousands of people in Piazza San Giovanni in Rome, one of the symbol-squares of the Italian capital, for celebrating the Labour Day. Guys, you have to take part!

As for the city of Florence, no less lively than Rome, from April, 29th to June, 22nd 2011 will welcome the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a series of concerts, performances and shows taking place in the most beautiful theatres of Florence.

The 74th edition of Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will be inaugurated with the Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. A program conceived in order to pay homage to the Italian unity and its great musical culture: the birth of operas, melodramas and contemporary music.

On May, 19th, Viaggio in Italia will propose folk songs of 20 Italian regions, composed by the Italian Azio Corghi, Sylvano Bussotti and Ennio Moricone.

The final concert will take place on June, 23rd, with Mariella Devia proposing the Italian composer Donizetti’s symphonies.

On April 29th and 30th, Zubin Mehta, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, will play with his friend Daniel Barenboim for a concert entirely dedicated to Beethoven.

On May 21st, there will be also Pinocchio: a new creation by MaggioDanza, choreography by Francesco Ventriglia and music by Emiliano Palmieri. It’s a ballet inspired by the world-famous puppet of Collodi.

From 1st to 5th June, the wonderful Swan Lake comes back, a multimedia version of the famous ballet with the music by Tchaikovsky, dramaturgy by Roberta Baseggio, choreography by Paul Chalmer, in cooperation with the Vancouver City Dance Theatre.

More detailed information about these and many other appointments of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino are available on the official site of the festival.

Further information about events in Florence and events in Rome are available on the online tourist guides About Florence and About Roma.

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