Rome celebrates art and sport with Contemporanea 5th edition and “Internazionali BNL d’Italia” Tennis Tournament

After the great May Day concert, beatification of Pope John Paul II, Rome continues with its several events that have as setting a beautiful and universal city renowned all over the world.

Until June, 5th 2011, the 5th edition of “Contemporanea, Art, visual, music, performance” comes back at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.

Contemporanea reaffirms itself as the yearly Italian exhibition in which the spotlight is only on the brand-new music and the international, contemporary art, visual and performance scenarios.

Also this year, the great event will welcome its larger and larger audience with a fantastic playbill gathering the best productions created exclusively for this occasion.

Here some of the most important names of the event: Gyorgy Kurtag, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Gyia Kancheli, Jacob TV, Franco Battiato, Manfred Eicher, David Moss, Peppe and Toni Servillo, Vox Clamantis, Yuval Avital. The fifth edition of Contemporanea shows an itinerary of initiatives divided into 5 main sections.

“Opera Prima”, dedicated to the original productions presented for the first time.

“Ritratti” presents some of the protagonists of the contemporary music such as Arvo Pärt e Gyorgy Kurtag.

“Porte d’Oriente” explores the tension between East and West through projects like “Trans, la chiave segreta verso l’immortalità”, with music by Philip Glass and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and the world premiere of Bardo Thodol, the Tinetan Book of the Dead by Tashi Lama, official cantor of Dalai Lama.

“Suono e Silenzio” is a series of conferences created by and with Manfred Eicher, founder of the record company ECM, one of the personages who most influenced the history of contemporary music.

Finally, “Evento” suggests extraordinary productions such as come “Yellow Shark. Get ready to Zappa!”, the work by the great American artist for saying goodbye, showed in Italy under the direction of one of his last collaborators, Jonathan Stockammer, and the participation of the great performer and vocalist David Moss and the orchestra PMCE – Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble.

Among the next events, we remind you:

• Contemporanea / Ritratti
Sunday 5th June, 9 p.m. – Sala Petrassi

For the first time the foreign cultural institutions located in the capital decided to give life to a series of common initiatives: concerts, exhibitions, master classes, conferences, meetings with artists which are conceived in order to share ideas, projects and different perspectives.

In this way, the most advanced experiences of each national cultural will have the possibility to share exchange, give life to relationships. In addition, people from Rome and not will have the chance to understand the artistic trends of different countries of the world and to visit all those villas, palaces and gardens which are usually closed to the public.

As mentioned before, Rome in not just art, music and culture, but also much sport and love of life! From 7th to 15th May 2011, the Interazionali BNL d’Italia Tennis Tournament come back at Foro Italico in Rome with its 68th edition.

There are a lot of new elements: unlike the previous editions, in which women and men players took place in two different weeks, the great tournament now concentrates in 9 days the show provided by the best tennis players in the world, both women and men.

So, on the same day, you will have the fabulous chance to see Nadal, Federer, the Williams sisters, the champion of Roland Garros Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta.

The Foro will have 11 courts, 8 of which for the matches and 3 for training. Tickets are available online on Worldticketshop.

from 7th to 15th May 2011

Foro Italico – Viale delle Olimpiadi 31
Rome, Italy


For more info about exhibitions, concerts and other events in Rome, please have a look at the website About Rome.

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