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Sicily Events May 2007

Catania Vincenzo Bellini Fontanarossa Airport: New Terminal

Catania Vincenzo Bellini Fontanarossa International Airport

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Catania is the italian city having the most numerous passengers traffic, after Rome and Milan.
A new airport, beside the old one, completed at the end of  May 2007,
permit the airport to obtain a considerable increase of passengers, up to 10 millions per year

Map and Directions Catania Airport/City center

 

Trasportation Catania City Center - Catania International Airport

Taxi
Taxi Catania - Tel. 0039 095 33 09 66
Taxi Station of the city center:
Piazza Duomo, Piazza Stesicoro, Villa Bellini
Bus
Alibus Number 457
AMT Bus Company - Azienda Municipale Trasporti
AMT Catania - Official Site
 
Airlines and Destinations from/to Catania international airport
  • Air Berlin (Norimberga)
  • Air Malta (Ginevra, Londra-Gatwick, Malta, Monaco di Baviera)
  • Air One (Genova, Milano-Linate, Pisa, Roma-Fiumicino)
  • Alitalia (Milano-Linate, Milano-Malpensa, Roma-Fiumicino)
  • Alpi Eagles (Napoli, Venezia)
  • British Airways (Londra-Gatwick)
  • Centralwings (Varsavia)
  • Delta (Pisa)
  • Helvetic Airways (Zurigo)
  • Livingston (Dubai, Mykonos)
  • Lufthansa (Monaco di Baviera)
  • LTU International (Düsseldorf)
  • MartinAir (Amsterdam)
  • Meridiana (Bologna, Firenze, Lampedusa, Milano-Linate, Olbia, Parigi-CDG, Torino, Verona)
  • My Air (Bologna, Bucarest)
  • Neos (Sal-Capo verde)
  • SkyEurope (Bratislava, Budapest, Praga)
  • Transavia (Amsterdam)
  • TUIfly (Düsseldorf, Francoforte, Amburgo, Hannover, Colonia, Monaco di Baviera, Stoccarda)
  • Virgin Express (Bruxelles)
  • Volare Airlines (Milano-Linate)
  • Wind Jet (Barcellona, Forlì, Il Cairo, Madrid, Milano-Linate, Milano-Orio Al Serio, Mosca-Domodedovo, Parigi-Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Roma-Fiumicino, San Pietroburgo, Tallinn, Venezia, Verona)
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Catania Events January 2007
Sicily Events January 2007

Etnapolis: the biggest shopping centre of south Italy

 
Etnapolis, Catania
 
Project
Massimiliano Fuksas, Armando, Lorenzo Fichera & Associati
 
Owner
ALIS immobiliare C.T.A. SpA

ETNAPOLIS
It is the biggest shopping centre of the south Italy and has been opened on 2006
LOCATION
It is located at Valcorrente, near Belpasso-Catania. Very soon in this industrial area is going to build one of the biggest conference and meeting centre of the Mediterranean: Etnafiere
NUMBERS OF ETNAPOLIS
It is named "city of the shopping" for the following reasons:
270.000 mq of area
140.000 mq of covered area
105.000 mq of shopping area
18.500 mq of ipermarket
120 shops
10 restaurants
Warner Village - 12 cinemas and 2500 seats (the biggest one in Sicily)
5.600 covered parking places
park of about 10.000 mq
HOW TO GET TO ETNAPOLIS
By car - Tangenziale of Catania and S.S.121.
By Public transport - Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE)
Station of Departure Catania Borgo - located in the historical centre of Catania (Via Etnea)
Station of Arrival Valcorrente
Shuttle Bus Valcorrente-Etnapolis Shopping Centre
www.circumetnea.it
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Catania Events December 2006
Sicily Events December 2006

Christmas time and new year's eve in Sicily

Catania - The 2005 Christmas Tree at University Square

Christmas celebrations in Sicily begin in earnest on 8th December (just over a month away), when families traditionally start decorating their homes for the festive season. While Christmas trees are now common, it was only during the 2nd World War, during the Allied occupation that they first became popular.

Sicilian Presepe
A much more widespread custom is the nativity scene, invented, so they say, by Saint Francis of Assisi. While popular all over Italy, Sicily is probably second only to Napoli in the magnificence of its “Presepi”, which can be found in most homes and the vast majority of churches.
Another wonderful tradition that can be seen in many Sicilian small towns is the night of the Luminari on 24th December when large bonfires are lit to keep baby Jesus warm.
Sicilian CannoliGastronomically speaking, there is no one particular dish that all Sicilians eat at Christmas. However, such important festivities call for groaning tables and banquets of Epicurean proportions. Serious eating begins on the evening of 24th December and continues for 24 hours. As might be expected in the land of cassata and cannoli, sweets and desserts are of tantamount importance. The most traditional of these are buccellati, large round biscuits filled with almonds, pistachios and dried fruits. Presents are opened after dinner on Christmas Eve and huge family gatherings are considered par for the course.

If all that wasn’t enough, barely a week later it is time for another “cenone” (literally big dinner) to celebrate the New Year. Traditionally lasagne is supposed to bring good luck (though other types of pasta certainly won’t!) but more and more people are now turning to the more Italian tradition of eating lentils, which auger wealth. However, once more, what you eat is not so important – the essential thing is that there must be copious quantities and that at midnight a bottle or two of spumante are chilled to perfection and ready to pop.

The final curtain comes down on Christmas on Epiphany on 6th January. Children jiggle with excitement as they wait for the arrival of “La Befana” an ugly witch-like figure who distributes sweets to children who have been good, and coal to those who have not.

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Catania Events November 2006
Sicily Events November 2006
Catania Opera House - "Vincenzo Bellini"
Massimo Bellini Theatre - Artistic Season 2006-2007

The Teatro Massimo Bellini is the opera house in Catania which opened on 31 May 1890.
The event was celebrated by a performance of Norma,
the masterpiece of the composer Vincenzo Bellini to whom the Theatre was dedicated.
Throughout its history, the opera house has performed almost all of Bellini’s work.
From its beginnings, a wide variety of operas have been performed by some highly renowned singers.
Each year the theater presents a season of opera, symphonic and chamber music.
The twelve hundred seats in the acoustically perfect hall fill to capacity every year.

Catania - Vincenzo Bellini Theatre

Opera and BalletsBallet - Massimo Bellini Catania Theatre

 

 
 
13th, 14th October 2006 - sinfonic Concert music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Director Hubert Soudant with T. Carlini, A. Metzger, C. Zink, R. Romei, P. Lobert
 
20th, 21st October 2006 - vocal-sinfonic Concert music by Wolfgang Amaedus Mozart
Director Hubert Soudant with Soprano Valeria Esposito
 
17th, 18th November 2006 - sinfonic Concert music by F. Schubert, G. Mahler
Director Stefano Ranzani
 
24th November 2006 - CONCERT RECITAL
L'arte vocale nella musica sarda tradizionale
 
22nd, 23rd December 2006 - vocal-sinfonic Concert music by Cimarosa-Respighi, Berlin, Menotti
Director Fabrizio Maria Carminati with Soprano D. Schillaci and Baritono M. Camastra
 
22nd January 2007 - PIANO Concert
Piano Player Grigory Sokolov
 
1st, 2nd February 2007 - CORAL Concert music by Brahms, Pizzetti, Listz
Director Tiziana Carlini
 
23rd, 24th February 2007 - TRUMPET Concert music by Mozart, Hummel, Tartini, Haydn
Trumpet Player Mauro Maur
 
07th March 2007 - RECITAL music by Bach, Ysaye, Berio, Paganini
Violinist Sergej Krilov
 
23rd, 24th March 2007 - sinfonic Concert music by Saint-Saens, Debussy, Berlioz
Director Marc Soustrot
 
30th, 31st March 2007 - CELLO Concert music by Shostakovic, Rachmaninov
Director Jan Chalupecky and Cello Player Enrico Dindo
 
20th April 2007 - PIANO Concert music by Schumann, Shostakovic, Chopin, Beethoven, etc
Winners of Busoni Festival 2005 - piano player Mariangela Vacatello - piano player Giuseppe Andaloro
 
11th, 12th May 2007 - CLARINET CONCERT music by Dvorak, Von Weber, Schumann
Director Lou Ja and Clarinet Player Calogero Palermo
 
19th May 2006 - RECITAL
Piano Player Mikhail Pletnev
 
8th, 9th June 2006 - CORAL-SINFONIC Concert music by Listz, R.Wagner, S.Wagner
Director Alun Francis e Director of the Chorus Tiziana Carlini
 
15th, 16th June 2007 - VIOLIN CONCERT music by Shostakovic, Sibelius, Rendine
Director Marzio Conti and Violonist Boris Belkin
 
ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND TECHNICIANS OF CATANIA OPERA HOUSE "VINCENZO BELLINI"
 
 
7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23 November 2006
DON GIOVANNI of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
 
7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19 December 2006
HÄNSEL UND GRETEL of Engelbert Humperdinck
 
19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26 January 2007
UNA LADY MACBETH NEL DISTRETTO DI MTSENSK of Dmitri Shostakovich
In partnership with Riga Opera House
 
9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 February 2007
SPARTACUS of Aram Khachaturjan
In partnership with Yuri Grigorovich Theatre Ballet of Krasnodar
 
6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 March 2007
NORMA of Vincenzo Bellini
Director Giuliano Carella, Walter Pagliaro, scene Alberto Verso
Main Interpreters: Dimitra Theodossiou, Carlo Ventre, Nidia Palacios, Riccardo Zanellato
In partnership with Teatro Massimo of Palermo
 
19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 April and 2 May 2007
ANDREA CHENIER of Umberto Giordano
Director Alun Francis, Federico Tiezzi, scene Maurizio Balò
Main Interpreters: Andrea Bocelli, Martina Serafin, Alberto Gazale
Teatro Massimo Bellini - Catania
 
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 May and 1 June 2007
LA BELLA ADDORMENTATA of Piotr Ilic Ciaikovsky
In partnership with the Ballet of Cremlino National Theater
 
30 October and 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 November 2007
TOSCA of Giacomo Puccini
Director Daniel Oren, Renzo Giacchieri, scene Raffaele Del Savio
Main Interpreters: Adrienne Dugger, Salvatore Licitra, Alexandru Agache
Teatro Massimo Bellini - Catania
 
6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 December 2007
PLAMENY (FLAMMEN) of Erwin Schulhoff
In partnership with Praga (Czech Republic) National Theatre
ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND TECHNICIANS OF CATANIA OPERA HOUSE "VINCENZO BELLINI"
Opera House Teatro Massimo "Vincenzo Bellini" - Vincenzo Bellini Square - Catania Historical Centre
Opera Tickets
Via Perrotta, 12 - 95131 Catania
Tel. 0039 (0) 95 7150921 - Fax 0039 (0) 95 7306104
E-mail: botteghino@teatromassimobellini.it
Opening Hours 2006-2007: Mon-Sat 9,30-12,30 and 17,00-19,00 (closed Mon and Sat afternoon)
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Catania Events October 2006
Sicily Events October 2006
Sicily: World Patrimony

The five sicilian sites declared by the UNESCO

to be Patrimony of the World:

Aeolian Islands
 Baroque cities of Val di Noto
 Siracusa and the rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
 Agrigento archeological zone
 Roman Villa of Casale at Piazza Armerina
Italy is the first country in the world for the number of sites declared
by the UNESCO to be a World Patrimony site.
Five of them are in Sicily and another one is being proposed:
Etna Volcano, its park and the towns there.
Let's go on a virtual tour of Central-East Sicily
to understand what it means to be acknowledged by
the whole world as a heritage land for all.
 
The Aeolian Islands (Lipari, Alicudi, Filicudi,Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli).Map of Aeolian Isdlands We can start from these famous islands situated on the north side of Eastern Sicily where the elements of nature - water, fire, air and land - form the space, creating a single, unique area.

 

 

 

 
The Baroque cities of Val di Noto (Catania, Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli) are the next stop of our tour.
Val di Noto - Sicilian Barocco Style
Let's stop at Catania, a mix of ancient city thanks to its historical centre and modern city, with its easy-going people mentality. The historical centre is unique in the world for its baroque style made of Etna rocks. One of the wonderful buildings located on the real baroque heart of Catania is the PRINCIPE HOTEL CATANIA. Let's move to Noto, acknowledged to be the "Capital of the Baroque". Here everything is modelled in soft local stone, skilfully worked into harmonious shapes to become a splendid "stone garden" in a unique, unreapetable style. The city was building like a stage set, with the perspectives being studied and corrected, playing with the lines of the facades, the window-frame decorations, curves and twists, and cast-iron balconies with their curved shapes. On the third Sunday of May, don't miss the infiorata, when a colorful carpet of flower petals, with different types every years, is laid on the street.
 
 
Siracusa with the island of Ortigia, the perfect example of a baroque city, built entirely on the sea and now undergoing an interesting initiative for urban recovery.Siracusa - Greek Theatre
The Orso archeological museum, the Papyrus museum, the cinema museum and the new acquarium are just some of its extraordinary attractions. Nearby, in the iblei mountains district, we have Palazzolo Acreide, one of the oldest archeological areas in Italy, with 3000 years of history of the Siculi, Greeks, Romans, Byzantynes, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. The Archeological Park hosts the Greek theatre and the remains of the temple of Aphrodite. To the south-east we find the Intagliata and Intagliatella caves, initially used as stone quarries to build the ancient Akrai, and then as a burial place. On the slope of the ancient city we can find the other caves known as "feral temples", places of veneration. At the foot of the hill there is a series of bas-reliefs and rock carvings called "Santoni", dedicated to the cult of Cybele, goddess of fertility. Set among the iblei mountains in an extraordinary natural site we find Pantalica which, with its 5000 tombs, is the largest Necropolis in the Mediterranean. According to some experts this is the site of the Siculean city of Hybla. With its position, bordered by two large canyons along which the Anapo and Calcinara rivers flow, the view from the necropoli is highly suggestive.
 
 
Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, moving towards the coast of Sicily dominating the Mediterranean Gulf.
Here, as nowhere else in the Mediterranean, Hera, Hercules, Zeus, Castor, Pollux, Vulcan, Asclepius and Concord received the maximum honours. We are in the valley most sacred to the gods that man has ever imagined and built. We recall our ancestors and celebrate this place in february with the International Festival of the Almond Blossom, a gathering of folklore groups from five continents that meet among the temples in the sign of friendship and peace.

 

Piazza Armerina - Roman Villa
 
 
 
Piazza Armerina, in the of the sunny Sicily, the city of mosaics and of the Norman Palio race held in August, to enjoy the Roman Villa del Casale.
With a monumental appearance, it covers an area of 4000 square metres and consists of a long series of rooms including a Frigidarium, a Tiepidarium with gimnasium and a small sanctuary. The whole place is decorated with mosaics (with exceptional artistic quality and new technique) showing naturalistic mythological scenes and the customs of the period.
 
 
Sicily, with its magnificent history, is once again attracting visitors who are attentive and curious, happy to participate in cultural events, drawn to its theatre, literature, landscape, monuments and cities, or even, quite simply, by the quality and mellow way of life.

It is a history that speaks through dozens of Archeological areas, hundreds of magnificent historic city-centre and villages, 76 nature reserves, 4 large national parks and 6 protected marine areas. And through its sea, its mountain, its colour, flavours and aromas.

 
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Catania Events September 2006
Sicily Events September 2006
The Tourist eruption of the Etna continues
 
New eruptions have begun at Etna Volcano and regular explosions occurred every 5-10 seconds. The eruption sent chunks of lava from a fracture in the mountain into the air and the flow is not near any of the residents surrounding the volcano and was not posing any threat. There are many tourists who attract one of the most beautiful and spectacular of the nature.
 
etna esplosione   etna colata   etna eruzione
 
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Catania Events Agoust 2006
Sicily Events Agoust 2006

Taormina Arte 2006

A Festival dedicated to music, theater and dance.

It is one of the most famous events in Sicily.

In the wonderful setting of the Ancient Theater, from june to the end of august,

will be there performance and exhibitions of famous artists from all over the world.

 
AGOUST
 
03-05/08/06 - DON GIOVANNI - More Info
 
 06/08/06 - ENRIQUE BATIZ - More Info
 
 08/08/06 - JULIO BOCCA & BALLET ARGENTINO - More Info
 
 09-10/08/06 - MONODRAMMI IN MUSICA - More Info
 
 09-10/08/06 - LA TEMPESTA - More Info
 
 11/08/06 - DECAMERONE IN SICILIA - More Info
 
 12/08/06 - DECAMERONE - More Info
 
 13/08/06 - UNA NOTTE CON MOZART - More Info
 
 14-16-19-20/08/06 - MUSICA IN BIANCO E NERO - More Info
 
 18-19-20/08/06 - IL GATTOPARDO - More Info
 
 22/08/06 - ATMAN - More Info
 
 22/08/06 - PROGETTO MOLO NORD - More Info

 23/08/06 - I PAZZI DI PALERMO - More Info

 24/08/06 - FURA DELS BAUS - More Info

 

JULY

  06/07/06 - KATAKLO' - More Info

 07/07/06 - MONTY ALEXANDER - More Info

 11/07/06 - BANDA NAZIONALE DELLA POLIZIA DI STATO - More Info

 14-15-16/07/06 - WOMAD IN TAORMINA - More Info

 19/07/06 - ORCHESTRA VITTORIO EMANUELE - More Info

 21/07/06 - FRANCESCO CAFISO QUARTET - More Info

 25/07/06 - MUSICHE PER IL CINEMA - More Info

 29/07/06 - LONDON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - More Info

 30/07/06 - ASCANIO CELESTINI-NICOLA PIOVANI - More Info

 
 
03-05/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
DON GIOVANNI di W. A. Mozart
Orchestra Filarmonica di Palermo
Coro Filarmonico di Palermo
Onofrio Gallina direttore
Don Giovanni SIMONE ALAIMO
Leporello Nicola NICOLA ALAIMO
Donna Anna ELENA PAVLOVA
Donna Elvira YUKA NAKAO
Don Ottavio NICOLA PISANIELLO
Masetto ADRIANO CATANESE
Zerlina AUDE PRYIA
Commendatore EMIL ZHELEV
regia di Simone Alaimo
 
06/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
ENRIQUE BATIZ pianista
L. Van Beethoven – Sonata n. 8 in do minore op. 13 “Patetica”
F. Chopin – Fantasia in fa minore op. 49
Mussorgsky – Ravel – Quadri di una esposizione
F. Chopin – Polacca n.6 op.53 "Eroica
 
08/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
JULIO BOCCA & BALLET ARGENTINO
Desde Lejos
Nine Sinatra Songs
Piazzolla Tango Vivo
 
09-10/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Duchi di Santo Stefano Palace
 
MONODRAMMI IN MUSICA
Tre opere da camera

AVERROE’
di Daniele Martino
musica di Marco Betta

L’UOMO DAL PASSAMONTAGNA
di Fabrizio Catalano
su un racconto di Leonardo Sciascia
musica di Giovanni D'Aquila

LE CARTE SALVATE
di Albino Taggeo (da un'idea di Rosanna Festa)
musica di Albino Taggeo
regia di ALDO CESAR FAGA'
ENSEMBLE STRUMENTALE SYMPHONIA LAUS
MICHELE AMOROSO direttore
 
09-10/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
LA TEMPESTA di William Shakespeare
con Virginio Gazzolo e Vanessa Gravina
Regia di Walter Manfrè
 
11/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Duchi di Santo Stefano Palace

letture e musica dal vivo con Beppe Barra e Nuklearte
a cura di Renato Giordano
 
12/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
DECAMERONE di Giovanni Boccaccio
riduzione teatrale di Renato Giordano
con Beppe Barra e Andrè De La Roche
regia di Renato Giordano
 
13/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

ORCHESTRA SINFONICA ACCADEMIA DI PALERMO
JANOS ACS direttore
SUNE HJERRILD, tenore
VALERIE GABAIL,soprano
MAURIZIO LO PICCOLO, basso baritono
CLAUDIA MUNDA,soprano
Brani di W. A. Mozart
dalle Nozze di Figaro
dal Don Giovanni
dal Flauto Magico
da Così fan tutte

Janos Acs
Direttore d`Orchestra
DEI TRE TENORI
José Carreras -Placido Domingo -LucianoPavarotti
 
14-16-19/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Duchi di Santo Stefano Palace

Giovanni Renzo al pianoforte
 
18-19-20/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

dal romanzo di Tomasi di Lampedusa
con Luca Barbareschi
regia di Andrea Battistini
produzione Regione Siciliana - Assessorato Regionale Turismo
Fondazione Teatro della città di Latina
prima nazionale
 
22/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

Compagnia di danza contemporanea Itai
coreografie di Lino Privitera
 
22/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Duchi di Santo Stefano Palace

Sicilia - Buenos Aires
Storia di emigrazione siciliana in Argentina
video di Sandro Dieli
musiche dal vivo dei “Sun”
libro di Roberto Alaimo
mostra fotografica di Ernesto Bazan
 
23/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Duchi di Santo Stefano Palace

reading  byRoberto Alajmo
all'organetto Marcello Alajmo
 
24/08/06 - h 21.30

Location Congressi Palace

Metamorfosis
da Franz Kafka
 
 
06/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

Kataklò Athletic Dance Theatre
Suspended, balanced between dance, sport and poetry.
A gymnast’s body, moulded by years of exercises, with its grace and agility, with its simple and universal language, accompanied by original choreography and music, becomes the protagonist of a special and original art form. In 1996 Giulia Staccioli, who has been a rhythmic gymnastics champion at the heights of the national and international gym and member of the Momix cast for many years, with Andrea Zorzi and a group of gymnasts and ex-Olympic athletes, founded the first Italian Company of Athletic Dance Theatre. Kataklò (from the ancient Greek meaning “I dance folding and twisting myself”) made its debut in 1996 with the show Indiscipline which, welcomed with enthusiasm both by the audience and critics, had an international success and brought the dancers to the 2000 Sidney Olympics, as protagonists of a Tv show. Kataklò’s following shows will be Kataklopolis (1998), Up-Vertical Energies (2002) and Livingston, beyond the limits (2005).
Today Kataklò perform in the theatres all around the world in front of a mixed audience as for age, culture and nationality.
If sport has been to these athletes-dancers a precious springboard, a school of discipline, sacrifice and dedication, theatre is the perfect point of arrival for their cosmopolitan, joyful and elegant art. Under Giulia Staccioli’s artistic direction and through a meticulous team work, Kataklò dancers pursue technical perfection and the highest expressive quality, without losing the pleasure of game, freshness and irony. In 2002 Giulia Staccioli and Andrea Zorzi were members of the Toroc (Torino Organising Committee XX Olympic Winter Games) international commission charged to trace out the guidelines of the Culture Olympics Torino 2006
 
07/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
By grafting the traditions of American jazz to his authentic Jamaican roots, pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of musical and cultural diversity. In a career that spans more than four decades, he has performed and/or recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and many more. Through it all, he continues to draw inspiration from the great icons of American music and popular culture. “All these people came from struggling circumstances,” he says. “They didn't go to music school. They came from the street. Nat Cole, Sinatra, Louis Armstrong – they all had to hustle to get where they got. It's that story of people who can grow up in America or come to America and achieve something just because they have this great attitude and they have the talent to go with it, and they reach for something and they get it.” In many ways, Alexander has lived that same story. Born and raised in Kingston , Jamaica , he took his first piano lessons at age six. As a youngster, he was often invited to sit in with the bands of prominent musicians working in Jamaican nightclubs and hotels. During his teen years, he enjoyed, among others, the performances of Louis Armstrong and Nat “King” Cole at the Carib Theater in Jamaica . The shades of joyful gospel music in these artists' performances had a profound and lasting effect on Alexander's own style. He eventually formed a band called “Monty and the Cyclones,” which landed several songs on the Jamaican music charts between 1958 to 1960. Alexander came to the United States in the end of 1961. Less than two years later, he'd landed a gig with Art Mooney's orchestra in Las Vegas, where he caught the eye of New York City club owner Jilly Rizzo and his friend, Frank Sinatra. Rizzo hired the young pianist to work in his club, where he accompanied many well-known performers, including Sinatra. He also met Milt Jackson, who hired Monty to work with him, and eventually introduced him to bassist Ray Brown (with whom he subsequently recorded and performed on many occasions). One introduction led to another, and before long he was working with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, and Sonny Rollins. In the past decade alone, Alexander has maintained an especially busy schedule with multiple projects spanning multiple genres and styles. In 1991, he assisted Natalie Cole in crafting a tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole (the album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards). In 1993, he had performed at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to the great jazz pianist Erroll Garner. A regular fixture at the Montreux Jazz Festival since 1976, he performed at the Swiss festival in 1993 and 1994 with opera singer Barbara Hendricks in a program of Duke Ellington compositions. He was back in Montreux in 1995, this time with his all-Jamaican reggae group where he recorded a live album for Island Records, Yard Movement. In August 1996, Alexander performed George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” with a full symphony orchestra directed by Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland . By the end of that same year, he had recorded nearly sixty CDs under his own name, and was frequently performing at leading festivals and music venues worldwide. Alexander joined the Telarc label with the 1999 release of Stir It Up, an album that combined acoustic jazz and Jamaican reggae rhythm sections to interpret the music of the great Bob Marley. Stir It Up marked the beginning of a prolific period for Alexander on Telarc – one that continues to this day. Monty has drawn from the varied sources of his musical experiences to record the next six albums for Telarc; these include sessions in classic trio format such as Impressions in Blue, as well as recordings of live concerts sets such as Goin’ Yard and the most recent release Live at the Iridium (2005). In the late summer of 2005, Alexander traveled to Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, with a crew of highly talented U.S. musicians and teamed up with Jamaican top session players to record the brilliant follow up to Stir It Up. Concrete Jungle is a set of twelve compositions penned by Bob Marley and reinterpreted via Alexander’s jazz piano-oriented arrangements. The resulting union of musical sensibilities digs even deeper into the Marley legend. Separate and apart from being the best musician he can be, Alexander's most important objective – whether his vehicle is reggae or jazz or soul, small combo or symphony – is to express the joy of music to all within earshot, regardless of prevailing differences in taste or culture. “My goal is to uplift,” says Alexander. “The piano, to me, is a vehicle for connecting to other human beings. I'm very open to all forms of music. I'm not a bebop musician, I'm not a calypso musician, I'm not a reggae musician. I'm a musician who loves it all.
 
11/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

Cheryl Porter voice

Maurizio Billi director
 
14-15-16/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

14th July
Sam Tashabalala
Drummers of Burundi
Jimmy Cliff

15th July
Ahn Sook Sun
Laudari guest star Carmen Consoli
Cesaria Evora

16th July
Guo Yre
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Simple Minds
WOMAD returns to the spectacular Teatro Antico on the Mediterranean hillsides of Taormina in Sicily for three evenings of concerts from a thrilling line-up of international artists.
The Teatro Antico is constructed within the spectacular ruins of a Greek amphitheatre overlooking Mount Etna and the bays below - a venue that's hard to beat for atmosphere and location.
WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, expressing the central aim of the WOMAD festival - to bring together and to celebrate many forms of music, arts and dance drawn from countries and cultures all over the world.
WOMAD was originally inspired by Peter Gabriel: "Pure enthusiasm for music from around the world led us to the idea of WOMAD in 1980 and thus to the first WOMAD festival in 1982. The festivals have always been wonderful and unique occasions and have succeeded in introducing an international audience to many talented artists.
"Equally important, the festivals have also allowed many different audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music. Music is a universal language, it draws people together and proves, as well as anything, the stupidity of racism."
As an organisation, WOMAD now works in many different ways, but our aims are always the same - at festivals, performance events, through recorded releases and through educational projects, we aim to excite, to inform, and to create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society.
The WOMAD Festivals
Since the first festival in Shepton Mallett, England in 1982, WOMAD has presented more than 145 events in 22 different countries and islands.
Having established its presence in the UK, WOMAD's unique nomadic indentity evolved gradually during the eighties. In 1988, the festival began to be presented internationally, with initial events in Denmark and Canada. Since then, WOMAD's worldwide profile has grown quickly, now embracing events in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Canary Islands, Sicily and the UK each year.
The festivals are often weekend-long, family-oriented, active and diverse musical events, featuring simultaneous performances on two or three stages, including participatory workshops and special events for children, as well as music and dance sessions hosted by many of the visiting artists.
The WOMAD Foundation organises the WOMAD festival workshops as well as other educational and outreach projects. The Foundation is a registered educational charity established in 1983 and is the educational arm of the WOMAD Festival organisation. For more information on the WOMAD Foundation click on the 'WOMAD Foundation' button on the right.
 
19/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

Maurizio Arena director
 
21/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
25/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
Giorgio Armani

Ennio Morricone La Filarmonica della Scala ed il Coro Filarmonico della Scala
 
29/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater

Christopher Warren Green director

Mario Galeani pianista

W. A. Mozart – Ouverture da “Le Nozze di Figaro” KV 492
L. Van Beethoven – Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra n. 5 op. 73 “L’Imperatore”
R. Wagner – Idillio di Sigfrido
F. Mendelssohn – Sinfonia n. 4 “Italiana”

Concerto in memoria di Aurelio Turiano
 
30/07/06 - h 21.30

Location Ancient Theater
 
LETTURE DA PIERPAOLO PASOLINI DI ASCANIO CELESTINI

AL PIANOFORTE NICOLA PIOVANI
musiche originali di Nicola Piovani

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