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Spanish music is the protagonist in Palermo with the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra conducted by José Miguel Rodilla
At the piano Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat, in the program de Falla, Chapì, Guridi, Granados, Chueca, eLuna
Organized by: Sicilian Symphony Orchestra

Sicilian Symphony Orchestra Presents

"62. Concert Season"
L'Sicilian Symphony Orchestra proposes a concert entirely dedicated to the evocative sounds of Spain, with a beautiful program that differs from the most popular ones: alongside the most famous compositions of Manuel de Falla, the evening offers the opportunity to listen to preludes, interludes and dances from the repertoire of the Zarzuela, typically Spanish operatic genre characterized by the mixture of recited and sung parts. Born in the 17th century, the Zarzuela experienced a new flowering at the end of the 19th century, in the wake of the nascent nationalistic movement, animated above all by Catalan musicians residing abroad. Particularly active in this genus they were Ruperto Chapì, Jesús Guridi, Federico Chueca, Pablo Luna, while ad Enrique Granados we owe the attempt to create a real Spanish musical theater. The concert features symphonic pieces from their most significant works, alongside two famous compositions by Manuel de Falla, the Suite n. 2 taken from the ballet "El sombrero de tres picos”(The three-pointed hat) which in the sequence of the three popular dances offers a sunny image of Spain, and evocative ones Noches en los Jardines de España. The 'Nights', conceived in 1909 as piano pieces and reworked into symphonic impressions for piano and orchestra, were performed in this capacity for the first time in Madrid in 1916. Among the listeners was also the famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who immediately included the work in his repertoire, decreeing its international success.

On the podium of theSicilian Symphony Orchestra a repertoire specialist, the Spanish conductor José Miguel Rodilla, on the piano Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat.


José Miguel Rodilla he made his debut as conductor in 1990 with the Orquesta of the Conservatorio de Murcia, of which he has been principal conductor since 1996; he is a teacher at the DIESIS Conducting Academy and artistic director of the MúVyN Ensemble chamber orchestra.

From 1996 to 2012 he was principal conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia.As guest conductor, he appeared with major orchestras including the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague, Baden-Baden Philarmonie, Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Beijing Symphony, Toronto Philarmonia, Istanbul State Symphony, Gangneung Philharmonic (South Korea), Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonica di Bari and many others. Maestro Rodilla has been invited to conduct in prestigious events such as the "Cesky Krumlov" in the Czech Republic, "Ravello Festival" in Italy, "Festival Internacional del Teatro Teresa Carreño de Caracas" in Venezuela, "Alicante International Contemporary Music Festival" in Spain . His upcoming engagements include performances in the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Mexico, USA, Russia and Spain.


Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat, French pianist appreciated for his sensitivity and emotional depth, has entered the international scene with the publication of the live CD 24 études de Chopin in the Piano Magazine. Since then his career has led him to perform in Europe, Asia and America. Recognized in the world as a Beethoven specialist, he is invited to France and abroad for concerts, radio and television programs and themed master-classes. Chamber musician in great demand, he plays alongside numerous international artists, in particular Brahms of which he has played all the chamber music works. Since his first concert with orchestra at age 13, Pierre-Laurent has been invited by numerous orchestras in France and abroad (Italy, Spain, Poland, Greece, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Russia).


L'Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, established in 1951, began an intense concert activity from 1958. The Symphony was conducted by great composers of the past such as Igor Stravinskij and Darius Milhaud and by great conductors such as Herbert Albert, John Barbirolli, Ernest Bour, Aldo Ceccato, Sergiu Celibidache, Antal Dorati, Vittorio Gui, Efrem Kurz, Ferdinand Leitner, Pierre Monteux, Herman Scherchen, Riccardo Muti. In more recent years it has hosted, among others, Rudolf Barshai, Gary Bertini, Riccardo Chailly, Janzug Kakhidze, Emanuel Krivine, Alain Lombard, Peter Maag, Daniel Oren, Zoltan Pésko, Georges Prêtre, Hubert Soudant, Franz Welser Most, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Michel Plasson, Gunther Neuhold, Yuri Temirkanov, Lothar Koenigs.

Currently the artistic direction of the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra is entrusted to Gianna Fratta.
Spanish music is the protagonist in Palermo with the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra conducted by José Miguel Rodilla


Sicilian Symphony Orchestra

José Miguel Rodilla, director

Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat, piano


Manuel de Falla (Cadiz 1876 - Alta Gracia 1946)

The three-pointed hat (El sombrero de tres picos), Suite n. 2
The neighbors (Seguidilla) - The miller's dance (Farruca) - Final dance (Jota)

Noches en los Jardines de España
En el Generalife - Dance Lejana - En los Jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba

Ruperto Chapì (Villena 1851 - Madrid 1909)
The revoltosa (The rebel), prelude

Jesús Guridi (Vitoria-Gasteiz 1886 - Madrid 1961)
El Caserio (The farmhouse), prelude

Enrique Granados (Lleida 1867 - The Channel 1916)
Goyescas, interlude

Federico Chueca (Madrid 1846 - 1908)
El bateo (The belt), prelude

Pablo Luna (Alhama de Aragòn 1879 - Madrid 1942)
Fuego dance from "Benamor"

Ruperto Chapì (Villena 1851 - Madrid 1909)
El tambor de granaderos (The drum of the grenadiers), prelude


11 December at 5.30 pm

Author: Sabine Frantellizzi

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