Washington D.C., April 25, 2018 – To commemorate Liberation Day the world renown Chamber Orchestra I Solisti Veneti have returned to perform in Washington DC at the Italian Embassy 16 years after its inauguration.
In front of over 350 guests gathered in the main atrium, nine musicians led by Claudio Scimone, director of the chamber orchestra, performed a tribute to Italian creativity and excellence. The musical selection ranged from Vivaldi, Salieri, Paganini and Rossini to contemporary Italian composers such as Piovani and Morricone.
The European Parliament has recognized the musicians as “Ambassadors of culture and music across the borders.” Not just performers, the group pursues the study and the promotion of the Venetian musical heritage with outreach programs for students of all ages. They have revived hundreds of previously unknown works of the Italian musical heritage, uncovering several great composers of the past.
I Solisti Veneti are the heirs of the great Venetian school of string instruments. Founded by Scimone in 1959, they rose to international level and gained accolades from both audiences and critics. The orchestra has performed in over 6,000 concerts worldwide and have recorded over 350 CDs and DVDs.
“Today, on Liberation Day, which marks the liberation of Italy in the Second World War, we celebrate with music the two great pillars of the international order which emerged from the debris of the conflict: Europe, and the United States. This evening we remember this shared history and the common drive for excellence in all fields with a superb concert showcasing the best of Italy.” stated Ambassador Armando Varricchio.
The concert, sponsored by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, was made possible with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the contribution of Fidia Holding S.p.A. a private investment company.