Spring brings a lot of interesting cultural activities from the USA here in Rome. Our review will encompass choirs and concerts, dance shows, art exhibitions, meetings with very popular American actors plus the jazz performance of one the world’s most famous movie directors who happens to come from the US.
Let’s start with this weekend’s events! The Centennial High School Wind Orchestra from Circle Pines will play musics by Vaughan-willimas, Bach Haydn and many others today at 7:15pm in the beautiful church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, right behind the Pantheon. Free event.
At 9pm, in the Caravita Oratory, The Butler University Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble will please the public with its band and wind music by Broughton, Grainger, Felice, Hazo and many more. Free Admission.
This Sunday at 8pm Butler University’s Choir and the Sinfonical Orchestra of Indianapolis will perform classic poliphony, contemporary American authors, spirituals and hymn tunes at the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, near via del Corso. Free event.
The same church will be the venue of other USA music events. Next Saturday at 9pm the Continuo Arts Foundation and the Aventine’s Choirs will perform a (free) Spiritual Elevation concert. On Sunday the 27th at 9 pm Sant’Ignazio will host a concert by the Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church Chancel Choir from Virginia who will also play classic poliphony, contemporary American authors, spirituals and hymn tunes. And on April 2 – 9pm, free access – it will be St. Anne Choir Pilgrimage’s turn, always with the same kind of music program.
Another music organization from Minnesota will be on stage in the American Episcopal church of St. Paul’s Within the Walls on March 29. It is the Chaska High School Band and it will delight our ears with melodies by J.P. Sousa, Duke Ellington, Antonio Vivaldi and many others. At 5pm, free entrance.
These, instead, are the dance events that will involve American artists. The American Ballet Theatre II, directed by Wes Chapman, will perform at Teatro Olimpico from March 24 to the 27th. The ABT II is 15 years old and is composed by 15 dancers. In its repertoire there are both classic music and emerging talents. Online tickets on sale here.
On March 26 the US actress Debra Winger a movie icon of the 1980s will discuss her life, films and career at the Auditorium – Parco della Musica at 9pm. Info about tickets here. Christopher Walken will attend on April 18, same time, same venue.
The same night, an even bigger star of the US (and world’s) cinema scene, Woody Allen, will be in Rome, but not for his film. Ok, we know he will shoot his next movie in Rome. But on March 26 he will come here for his only Italian concert with the New Orleans Jazz Band. Auditorium della Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione 4, at 9pm. Online tickets on sale here
Finally a couple of exhibitions that will shed light on the US art world. Ian Tweedy‘s Debris in Galleria Monitor will show the artist’s ability to use second-hand stuff and recycled materials such as old books, war finds etc… in his artworks. In his second solo in Italy, Tweedy muses on the communicative value of what will remain of Western society. Until March 26. Free access.
From March 23 to May 15, the exhibit “American Dream” will explore the contemporay dimension of this phenomena through the works of two US artists such as Rona Pondick and Jonathan Saliger, and of a Canadian who lives and works in New York, Chris Dorland. Free Exhibit.