This summer’s festival at Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome features three idyllic outdoor concerts, so you can dream away under the stars, far from winter’s hustle and bustle, lulled by the impassioned, lyrical music of one of the greatest late-Romantic composers. Music from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty – three masterpieces of the classical ballet repertoire – that each and every child and adult ought to immerse themself in at least once. Three marvelous ballets, but only one name: Tchaikovsky, the composer who unwittingly revolutionized a genre, much as Beethoven did the symphony.
The illusory dimension of the fairytale world, where everything is possible, contrasted with the complex, often emotionally difficult life of the composer, in which reality was almost always painful and much less appealing than his childhood memories. Tchaikovsky’s ballets made history because the music in them is not just a background for the evolution of classical dancing, it has a dramatic density that characterizes the whole narrative: a novelty that broke with the conventions governing dance until the Romantic era.
Completing the programs, two other very inspired compositions: the captivating First Piano Concerto, rich in melodic ideas taken from Ukrainian folk tradition, and the thrilling Violin Concerto, a cornerstone of the repertoire, which Tchaikovsky wrote in 1878 while living abroad and dedicated to the young violinist Josef Kotek, a close friend.
3 – 10 – 17 JULY
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30
Tickets from €15 to €35 (3-concert block: from €36 to €84)