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Teodor Currentzis and the Utopia Orchestra debut in Brescia and Rome
The Greek conductor brings his new orchestra made up of more than 100 musicians from around thirty countries to Italy for the first time; only two appointments,
Organized by: in Rome: Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – in Brescia: Fondazione Teatro Grande

in Rome: Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – in Brescia: Fondazione Teatro Grande Presenta

It is a highly anticipated debut, that of the Greek director Theodor Currentzis who arrives in Italy for the first time with his Utopia Orchestra, recently founded and made up of over one hundred musicians from around thirty countries.

Currentzis, a cult figure on the music scene who is causing a lot of talk about himself, will be in Italy with his band for just two dates, on Monday November 20, 2023 to the Great Theater of Brescia, guest of Foundation, is Wednesday November 22 to the Music Park of Rome as part of the Concert Season ofNational Academy of Santa Cecilia.

Born in Athens in 1973 and trained musically in Russia, Theodor Currentzis  he is Chief Conductor of the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Artistic Director of the MusicAeterna Orchestra and Choir and founder and Artistic Director of the Utopia Orchestra, which started its activity just over a year ago, in October 2022.

The program opens with the famous Violin Concerto of Brahms, the Hungarian soloist Barnabás Kelemen, already guest of ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and NDR Radiophilharmonie of Hannover. Written in 1878 for the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, the piece impressed Clara Schumann, who wrote: “It is a concert in which the orchestra merges completely with the soloist”.

In the second part of the evening we will listen to the Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky, performed for the first time in 1888 in St. Petersburg, and among the Russian composer's most beloved, which conquers with its fascinating melodic richness, timbral research and extraordinary orchestral vitalism.

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“This dream – he declared Theodor Currentzis about theUtopia Orchestra  – it's not just mine. It is an idea long cultivated by a large number of musicians from all corners of the world: to unite people with a shared musical idea, to create without compromise what our musical imagination proposes to us. […]

We are entering a more experimental field, in search of the perfect sound with very talented musicians […]. The first thing that suffers from globalization is intimacy. The emotion, unity and dedication I speak of are most likely found in the work of a single musician or a small collective. We want to bring this chamber identity and this intimacy into the complete instrumentation of a large symphony concert. So we'll give up what we knew and take a leap. Of course, this is a utopian idea. Utopia is something impossible, and that's what attracts us: realizing the impossible.” –

(Teodor Currentzis, top photo, credit ©Sébastien Grébille; bottom, Nadia Romanova)
Teodor Currentzis and the Utopia Orchestra debut in Brescia and Rome

Interpreters

Utopia Orchestra
director Theodor Currentzis
violin Barnabás Kelemen

Program

Johannes Brahms
Violin Concerto

Pëtr Il'ič Tchaikovsky
Symphony no. 5

Replicas

20 November 2023 at 8pm Brescia Teatro Grande
22 November 2023 at 8.30 pm Rome, Accademia di Santa Cecilia – Parco della Musica

Who organizes

Teatro Grande • BresciaThe Teatro Grande is the… other

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