Experience the

"Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma"

By Our Staff Reporter

On the occasion of the Italian National Day, June 2nd, the Italian Cultural Institute presents the "Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma." This presentation is composed by twenty-four musicians and directed by the celebrated Maestro, Ezio Monti. This event is taking place at Lalibela Ballroom of the Sheraton Addis, on Sunday May 30th, from 3:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. and is organized to illustrate the unique musical heritage of the Italian culture. Don’t miss this exciting event.

 

Gala Performance at Sheraton a Huge Success

By Our Staff Reporter

With a cast of very experienced and professional musicians, the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra’s Gala performance in the Lalibela Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Addis last Sunday (30 May), was bound for success.

The evening’s program began with speeches from both the Director of the Italian Institute and his Excellency the Italian Ambassador, which celebrated the links existing between Ethiopia and Italy. They promised an evening of musical celebration, which began immediately with the playing of both the Italian and Ethiopian National Anthems.

The Orchestra surpassed all expectations, as did the soprano- Sabina Macculi, who has been awarded many prizes, including the "Beniamino Gigli." The tenor, also of great talent, Antonio de Lucia, brought the house down after a rendition of "Nessun dorma" (G. Puccini, 1858-1924), in the second half of the performance.

After a total of fifteen compositions, the concert came to a close, much to the displeasure of the audience who all stood up, demanding an "encore." After an emotional speech by the organiser- Luigi Panelli, an encore was indeed played- three extra pieces to be exact, which were once again followed by the audience calling for more.

After a final composition, flowers were presented to the players an the evening came to a close.

The sponsors, all the organisers and of course, the players should be proud of their achievement in providing the members of the audience with an unforgettable evening.

 

 

Interview with Dr. Giulia Del Fabbro

Dr. Giulia Del Fabbro has been the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute since January 1998. Dr. Del Fabbro was born in Trieste, Italy and passed her university education at Trieste University. She has a Ph.D in music history, Italian literature and arts history. The following is an interview related to the Italian Cultural Institute and its contribution and the coming of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  The Italian Cultural Institute has been in operation in Ethiopia for 39 years. What would you say has been its main Contribution?

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  There is not a main contribution; to increase the knowledge of our Country through the diffusion of the Italian language and the rich Italian culture is not only our own aim but the aim of the 85 Italian Cultural Institutes spread all over the world.

Particularly in Ethiopia, the effort to elaborate a program as diverse as possible, in order to meet the requirements of Ethiopian citizens, requires us to organize, whenever possible, events involving Ethiopian artists or events jointly realized by Ethiopian and Italian artists; particularly we remember the performance held in December 1998 by "Luigi Cinque Opera Quartet" and local artists; the result has been fascinating, a unique combination of local and European music.

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  If we are not mistaken, the Italian School is attached to the Institute. Please tell us about the school, including the number of Ethiopian Students enrolled.

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  The Italian State School is not a branch of this Institute, it is only located in the same compound. During this school year the Italian State School enrolled all together, between "Kindergarten", Primary School, Intermediate School and Senior School a total number of 726 students, of which 543 are Ethiopians.

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  Is the Institute also arranging for Ethiopian artists to go to Italy so the Italian people could benefit from Ethiopian culture? If so please give us an example the kind of artists that have been sent to Italy.

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  All these initiatives, including scholarships that will be offered by the Italian Government after the signature of the Executive Program, will be implemented, in a short time, thanks to the new Cultural Agreement signed on April 1997 and recently ratified by our Parliament. This Agreement will surely represent an important step in developing our relationship.

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  On the occasion of your National Day the Embassy and the Institute will present "Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma". This is a rare event for Addis Ababa Culture. Please tell us about the Orchestra and what it means to the cultural scene in Addis Ababa?

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  The Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma, consisting of 22 musicians, one soprano and one tenor and directed by Maestro Ezio Monti, will perform on May 30th at the Sheraton Addis, during a Gala Evening, will represent a unique occasion to enjoy the great music that has accompanied recent Italian history.

We hope that this exceptional event will reflect the image of the Italian Cultural Institute's presence in Addis Ababa.

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  Is this the first time that we have received an Orchestra from Italy?

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  Yes it is the first time a renowned Orchestra, such as the Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma that, on April 1999, has also performed in St. Peter's Square in Rome, in the presence of Pope Giovanni Paolo II, has been sent to Addis, but we heartily hope that this event will be considered the beginning of a yearly cultural appointment on the occasion of the Italian National Day celebrated on June 2nd.

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  One great contribution by the Italian Cultural Institute is the availability of Italian language courses. Can you tell us who is attending these courses and how Ethiopians are benefiting from learning Italian?

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  Our Italian language evening courses, offered at five levels are attended by 500 - 600 yearly students, both young people and civil servants; the benefits that the Ethiopian participants can obtain from such courses could be, for instance, the possibility of continuing their education in Italy.

Addis Tribune:

·  ·  One thing that fascinates me is that the Italian Cultural Institute Center is not only used by Italians but its also used by other organizations and embassies. What are the criteria for allowing access to your facilities?

Dr. Del Fabbro :

·  ·  The Italian Cultural Institute is always willing and pleased to cooperate with other Embassies, International Organizations and generally with both the Ethiopian and International Communities.

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