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Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali
The I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, founded in 1945 in Milan, has an international reputation and is an Orchestral Concert Institution (ICO) recognized by the Ministry of Culture. It has acquired the status of a Foundation, with the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan with Founding Bodies.

Season

Tales without words is the title of the 77th Symphonic Season (2021 - 22) of I Pomeriggi Musicali, 23 concerts scheduled from 14 October 2021 to 28 May 2022 at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan.

In the fervor of the reconstruction that characterized the immediate post-war period, the theater impresario Remigio Paone and the music critic Ferdinando Ballo launched the new orchestral formation Musical Afternoons, debuting in November of 1945 at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan. The project, of extraordinary relevance, was intended to give the city a chamber orchestra with a solid classical repertoire and one specific vocation to contemporaneity. The success was immediate and the Orchestra greatly contributed to making the music of the great twenties censored during fascism known in Italy: Stravinskij, Hindemith, Webern, Berg, Poulenc, Honegger, Copland, Yves, Français.

Subsequently, composers such as Honegger and Hindemith, Pizzetti, Dallapiccola, Petrassi and Penderecki conducted their music on the podium of the Pomeriggi Musicali.

The Musical Afternoons also started a very remarkable musical commission activity: they composed Casella, Dallapiccola, Ghedini, Malipiero, Pizzetti, Respighi for them. This programmatic choice was consolidated in the relationship with the composers of the following generations: Berio, Bussotti, Luciano Chailly, Clementi, Donatoni, Hazon, Maderna, Mannino, Manzoni, Margola, Pennisi, Testi, Tutino, Panni, Fedele, Francesconi, Vacchi.

The whole artistic life of the Musical Afternoons, from the beginning, is characterized by a precise programmatic choice: the deepening of the classical repertoire, the predilection for the execution of the lesser-known pages of the chamber and symphonic repertoire and the constant commitment in the commission of new music. With the new millennium, I Pomeriggi have given a further impulse to the promotion of contemporary music, turning their attention to composers under 35, whose works are then performed as part of the Orchestra's Symphonic Seasons in Milan and during the tours in Italy. and abroad.

The Symphonic Seasons have also been a springboard towards the fame of many young artists: the Afternoons Music in their history have accompanied the debuts of Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Aldo Ceccato, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, and operate today in the sign of a tireless search for new talents in orchestral conducting and concert playing to launch on the international scene. The posters of the Musical Afternoons, currently signed by the artistic director M ° Maurizio Salerno, show a precious balance between the presence of young talents, winners of the most important competitions and of well-known world-famous musicians.

Many great names who have performed over the seasons: Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Buchbinder, Pierre Boulez, Michele Campanella, Giuliano Carmignola, Sergiu Celibidache, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Carlo Maria Giulini, Vittorio Gui, Natalia Gutman, Angela Hewitt, Leonidas Kavakos, Alexander Lonquich, Alexander Igor Markevitch, Zubin Mehta, Carl Melles, Riccardo Muti, Hermann Scherchen, Thomas Schippers, Christian Thielemann, Salvatore Accardo, Antonio Ballista, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Bruno Canino, Dino Ciani, Severino Gazzelloni, Franco Gulli, Nikita Magaloff, Nathan Milstein, Massimo Quarta, Maurizio Pollini, Corrado Rovaris and Uto Ughi.

Among the permanent conductors of the orchestra, the first is to be remembered, Nino Sanzogno, and Gianluigi Gelmetti, Giampiero Taverna, Othmar Maga, to arrive at the Milanese Daniele Gatti, Aldo Ceccato and Antonello Manacorda. In some cases, the musical direction was flanked by an artistic direction: in this capacity Italo Gomez, Carlo Majer, Marcello Panni, Marco Tutino, Gianni Tangucci, Ivan Fedele, Massimo Collarini.

Since October 2020 he is Principal Conductor of the Orchestra James Feddeck, while Alessandro Cadario has been Principal Guest Director since 2016. Since 2014 the artistic direction has been entrusted to Maurizio Salerno.

The I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra carries out its activity mainly in Milan - the seat of the Orchestra is the historian Dal Verme Theater - and in the Lombard cities, while in autumn it contributes to the opera seasons of the theaters of Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Mantua, Pavia, and to the ballet season of the Teatro alla Scala. Invited in the main Italian symphonic seasons, the Orchestra is also a guest of the major European concert halls, and has recently made a tour in China.

I Pomeriggi also believe in promoting and disseminating classical and contemporary music to the widest and most heterogeneous public that they reach with musical and educational proposals aimed at stimulating their interest and curiosity towards the languages of cultured music. The declared aim is to overcome the prejudice of the youngest regarding an alleged outdatedness of an artistic expression which instead remains vital and essential in the cultural formation of the individual. Great energies are therefore invested on the front of cultural promotion and communication. The youngest are reached directly in the schools with the offer of meetings with musicians and musicologists who prepare the children to listen to the 'Open Previews' of the Season concerts. Furthermore, I Pomeriggi maintain a particularly lively contact with their audience through the use of social media, especially through the Facebook and Youtube platforms.

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(Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, photo © Lorenza Daverio)

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