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Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Bari
Founded in 1968, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Bari is one of the Italian State-recognized Orchestral Concert Institutions (ICO), and is the only ensemble managed directly by a public body

L'Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Bari it owes its creation to the commitment of Vitantonio Barbanente, then President of the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Bari, and to the attention with which the provincial administration of the time accepted his proposal. Inaugurated under the artistic direction of Gabriele Ferro, a young teacher at the Conservatory of Bari directed by Nino Rota, the Metropolitan City of Bari has been renewing its agreement with the Orchestra and the territory for over fifty years.

Over time, the artistic direction of the orchestra has been entrusted to Pietro Argento, Bruno Campanella, Rino Marrone, Nino Lepore, Michele Marvulli, Paolo Lepore, Roberto De Simone, Marco Renzi, Angelo Cavallaro and Marco Renzi again. On the podium, as guest conductors, some of the most authoritative names in the musical world took turns: Nino Rota, Bruno Aprea, Piero Bellugi, Luciano Berio, Boris Brott, Franco Caracciolo, Vladimir Delman, Roberto Duarte, Anatole Fistoulari, Jay Friedmann, Reynald Giovaninetti, Mario Gusella, Armando La Rosa Parodi, Renè Leibowitz, Peter Maag, Franco Mannino, Stefano Martinotti, Francesco Molinari Pradelli, Gunter Neuhold, Daniel Oren, Donato Renzetti, Alberto Rossi, Kurt Sanderling, Pierluigi Urbini, Marcello Viotti, Alberto Zedda as well as Giorgio Gaslini and Ennio Morricone.

Numerous prestigious soloists, including Marcello Abbado, Salvatore Accardo, Dino Asciolla, Felix Ayo, Nina Beilina, Boris Belkin, Cathy Berberian, Katia Ricciarelli, Mario Brunello, Pierluigiicie, Henry Casadeus, Aldo Ciccolini, Jose Cocarelli, Michael Nyman , Lya De Barberiis, Rocco Filippini, Sergio Fiorentino, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Benedetto Lupo, Franco Petracchi, Massimo Quarta, Maria Tipo, Nicola Piovani and the Trieste Trio.

Always attentive to the refinement of its programs and open to prestigious collaborations, the Orchestra has repeatedly been a guest of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Petruzzelli Theater and numerous international musical realities. After presenting the cantata Populorum Progressio by Roberto De Simone as a world premiere, with Michele Placido as narrator, he held important concerts in the most significant concert halls in Rome in the presence of the last three popes: Francis, Benedict XVI and John Paul II. Worth mentioning is the performance in the Cathedral of Bari of the Mysterium by Nino Rota in memory of the now Saint John Paul II and of the Misa Tango by Luis Bacalov performed live on television under the direction of the same author.

After the Nino Rota composer of our time project in 1995, the Orchestra has returned to pay homage to the composer and precious teacher for the Apulian capital with a new cycle of concerts in the recent 2021 season.

Among the recordings: the Concerto n.3 by Sergej Rachmaninov with Pasquale Iannone, the Stabat Mater by Gioachino Rossini directed by Michele Marvulli, Il pane by and with Vito Paternoster and, for Digression Music, the disc Tommaso and Filippo Traetta - Sinfonie e Ouvertures, with songs premiered in modern times, presented on Radio 3 Rai.

Artistic director of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Bari since January 2022 is Vito Clemente.

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