in concert
on ravennafestival.live­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­► Sunday 22 November at 11.00 CET
Symphony No. 3
Schubert Unfinished­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­► Sunday 29 November at 11.00 CET
Martucci Notturno
Puccini Preludio sinfonico
Verdi Nabucco overture
Verdi Macbeth ballabili
Verdi La forza del destino overture
Verdi I vespri siciliani overture­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­This month the doors of Ravenna’s Alighieri Theatre will be opened digitally for two special concerts with Riccardo Muti and the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, which will be streamed worldwide for free on consecutive Sundays on ravennafestival.live and made available for a further 15 days.­
­­­­The programmes chosen by Riccardo Muti reflect his keen interest in nurturing the next generation of musicians and his deep love of Italian music. The performance on November 22 is dedicated to Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Unfinished, which was performed by the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra at their very first concert in 2005. On Sunday 29 November an all-Italian programme features music which Muti has long championed both at home and abroad.­
“In March, when the first lockdown happened, we musicians of the Cherubini Youth Orchestra felt as if our whole world was falling apart” said Valentina Benfenati, the 24 year old concertmaster who has been a member of the orchestra since 2018. “In the following months, though, we have found new courage, strength, hope, because thanks to the Ravenna Festival and Maestro Muti we have been able to keep working, putting our efforts into music which is our passion but also our job. Already this summer, we faced the complex challenge of playing in a social-distanced orchestra; now we must learn to cross the distance between us and the audience through imagination. Fortunately, the rehearsals with Maestro Muti are never just in preparation for the concert: every rehearsal is also a most valuable lesson about how to work within the orchestra, and about what we play and why we play it. Once again, we realise how working in the Cherubini Orchestra and with Maestro can make the difference.”
The Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra was founded by Riccardo Muti and named after the composer, born in Italy but active all over Europe. This choice underlines the orchestra’s vocation in combining a strong Italian identity with a natural inclination towards a European vision of music and culture, offering young Italian musicians under the age of 30 a vital link between their experience at conservatoire and the professional world beyond.
The concerts are made possible by the collaboration between the Ravenna Festival and RMMUSIC.
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