From 27 to 30 October, Fabio Luisi will conduct the Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in a series of concerts in Milan (27 October, Teatro dal Verme, 21:00), Palermo (29 October, Teatro Massimo, 21:00) and Naples (30 October, Teatro di San Carlo, 20:30).
The Orchestra will perform Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp minor by Gustav Mahler.
The Milan concert is part of the 2015/16 Serate Musicali (“Musical Evenings”) season, while the Palermo and Naples concerts, free for under 30s, are part of the Legalit-Ars Project which focuses on the promotion of the Arts, the formation of Performing Arts Professionals, and the development of Legality, financed by the ERDF National Operative Programme “Security for Development” Convergence Objective 2007-2013 in partnership with Teatro Bellini in Catania, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese in Bari.
The project offers young people between the ages of 18 and 25 the opportunity to attend free practical training courses for professions in the performing arts and artistic initiatives, with the aim of making a positive impact on the social fabric of the regions of southern Italy, primarily through the diffusion of the concept of legality among young people.
The Fifth Symphony is definitely one of Maher’s more famous works, the first symphony composed exclusively for orchestra, without any links to poetry or vocal music. The symphony is made up of five movements divided into three parts. The Adagietto, for strings and harp, is particularly well known as it was used for the soundtrack of Luchino Visconti’s film Death in Venice.
Luisi has conducted the Accademia’s Orchestra before, in 2013 and in 2014. For the young musicians, this tour marks one of the last commitments in their two-year practical specialization, which ends in December.
In February the new orchestra members will start their specialisation course, during which they will be faced with challenges as daunting as they are exciting, under the guidance of artists such as Fabio Luisi, Adam Fischer and David Coleman.