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The Italian cultural “spring” in Washington DC is about to end. Great success for the Festival "Unexpected Italy: a celebration of Italian culture" in collaboration with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.



The Italian cultural “spring” in Washington DC is about to end. Great success for the Festival

Washington DC (June 4, 2019) – On June 1, Maestro Gianandrea Noseda directed "The Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" by Sergey Rachmaninoff, the "Ancient Arias and Dances Suite No. 2" by Ottorino Respighi and the Symphony No. 2 by Alberto Casella, closing the program of the festival "Unexpected Italy: a celebration of Italian culture" organized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute. The Festival, which kicked off on May 3, has characterized the cultural offer in the American capital. Indeed, Italy and its music have been protagonists of a unique season, with a range of exceptional quality events that have embraced numerous genres, from the most famous to the less known, from contemporary pieces to a more classical repertoire, offering an insight into an "Unexpected" Italian music scene.

In addition to the concerts directed by Maestro Noseda with the National Symphony Orchestra (the Music Director also conducted Rossini's Stabat Mater and Liszt's Dante Symphony) the program included Puccini's Tosca, directed by Speranza Scappucci with the Washington National Opera, the performances of Chiara Izzi, Vinicio Capossela, Paolo Angeli, Joe Barbieri, Simona Molinari, Mario Biondi, Doctor 3, Ludovico Einaudi, and the show “Colors” by the TPO Company and Teatro Metastasio. Italian creativity and genius have also conquered New York, where Maestro Noseda directed Rossini and Lizst at the Carnegie Hall.

Almost 30,000 people attended the events included in the Festival calendar, while over 18,000 users followed the live performances on the Kennedy Center's social media channels, testifying to the admiration and love enjoyed by Italian culture. even in its lesser-known forms, in the United States of America.

With the conclusion of the program of the Festival, the Italian “spring”, which has characterized the life of the capital in the first part of 2019 from an artistic and cultural point of view, is coming to an end. The exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art on Tintoretto, "Queens of Egypt" at the National Geographic Museum, in collaboration with the Egyptian Museum of Turin, and at the Hirshhorn Museum on Enrico David are still on display.