The Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will conclude their joint November tour with a concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome on 21 November. The concert is intended to send a musical message of solidarity, hope and community. The programme includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. The orchestra is performing at the invitation of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the German Embassy in Rome and the Romaeuropa Festival, of which this concert will be the closing event.
“When the Corona pandemic reached Europe last year, Italy was hit early and particularly hard. The many victims of the pandemic have not been forgotten. For Germany, it was a natural expression of European solidarity to open its hospitals to Italian patients as well. Not only the images from Bergamo remain in the memory, but also those of Italians playing music on balconies and in living rooms, with their message of hope. As founding members of the EU, Germany and Italy have historically set decisive impulses for European integration. And also today, we feel together a special responsibility for Europe,” said Viktor Elbling, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Italy.
“With this concert, we would like to show our deep connection with Italy. As musical ambassadors from Germany, the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Kirill Petrenko will play both in memory of the victims of the pandemic and as a sign of hope for a vibrant future for cultural life in Europe. Only together will we be able to come to terms with our feelings of loss, and bring culture back to the centre of society,” says Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation.
Michele dall’Ongaro, president of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, says: “The return of the Berliner Philharmoniker after an absence of seventeen years is great news, not only for Rome, but for our country. The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is proud to help make this event possible by welcoming to the Auditorium this great German ensemble and a maestro like Kirill Petrenko, who is performing today with our own orchestra on the same stage. We are certain that music is the best means to express the solidarity and friendship between our peoples and to convey a strong message of hope for the future.”
“The Fondazione Romaeuropa is delighted to collaborate with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in one of the most prestigious events of the international concert season. The Berliner Philharmoniker’s performance under the baton of maestro Kirill Petrenko will, thanks also to the Fondazione Musica per Roma, be the grand finale of the 36th Festival” says Fabrizio Grifasi, general director and artistic director of the Fondazione Romaeuropa.