Music and the performing arts between Christmas and the New Year
Music and the performing arts account for the lion’s share of events in the week between Christmas and the New Year.
On 26 December, Turin’s Borgo Medievale hosts a concert by Verbania’s La Piana Choir; it is part of an initiative titled “Noël: hymns of joy from the Middle Ages onward”, which runs during the holiday period until 6 January, and features exhibitions and concerts to help discover little-known aspects of folk traditions and history, testifying to the deep links between Piedmont and the French Alps.
Fans of classical dance and theatre cannot miss the “La Classique” Moscow Ballet performing The Nutcracker at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padua on 26 December. The “La Classique” Moscow Ballet, whose artistic director is Elik Melikov, was founded in 1990 under the aegis of the Department of Culture of the City of Moscow - Moskoncert, is considered one of Moscow’s main travelling companies. In the typically glitzy and rarefied atmosphere of classical productions, the Moscow Ballet’s choreography for The Nutcracker’s reflects ancient traditions, as it is considered “the typical Christmas ballet” and loved by audiences of all ages.
On December 31, as part of the New Year’s celebrations to be held at the Palasport, Verona hosts the debut of Paolo Villaggio’s new play La Corazzata Potëmkin, in which the actor once again plays Ugo Fantozzi, his most famous character. The initiative is staged by with the collaboration of the Municipality of Verona and the support of Banca Popolare di Verona and Paluani.
Images, sounds, and colours light up the night of December 31 in Siena’s Piazza del Campo, which will turn into a huge musical stage, with Palazzo Comunale as a three-dimensional backdrop. From viva Verdi to night clubbing, a performance by Opèra Lumière and Danny Rose, is a virtual “journey through Italy” where melodrama, romanticism, and Italian Unification meet the folk music of the 19th century with the “Great Ball”, and where “Viva Verdi” celebrates the waning instants of the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. The event is part of a broader Christmas celebration titled “Sol La Siena”, promoted by the Municipality of Siena and Banca Monte dei Paschi, in collaboration with Fondazione Siena Jazz - Accademia Nazionale del Jazz, Arci Siena, Siena Parcheggi, and Intesa. The exhibitions dedicated to Garibaldi will remain open until January 15.
Turning to exhibitions, from 30 December to 5 January Lecce’s Fondazione Palmieri hosts “Contrappunti visivi”, a collective exhibition that combines many different approaches; the first edition will concentrate on painting, sculpture, and photography. The event is curated by Lorenzo Madaro and Luciana Palmieri.
From 27 to 30 December, Chieti will host “Transitions”, a turnover event created by the painters from the art workshop located at the Chieti Chamber of Commerce.
“Leonardo’s machines”, an exhibition at Ascoli Piceno’s Forte Malatesta, will remain open until 31 December. Catapults, crossbows, hoists, war machines, and the first tank in history are displayed in a facility that is particularly well suited for this kind of exhibition. The twenty-one wooden replicas are built in accordance with Leonardo’s original drawings and divided into different categories inspired by the four essential elements of life. The exhibition is organized by Federazione Maestri del Lavoro d’Italia Consolato Interprovinciale di Ascoli Piceno e Fermo, together with Panathlon International Club, Fidapa, Club 41, and Fondazione Simona Orlini Onlus, in collaboration with the Assisi Observatory for the Monitoring of Peace and Territorial Security and the International Confederation of the Knights of Malta.
The exhibition of art related to the cult of Our Lady of Consolation at the Museo Diocesano in Reggio Calabria has been extended until 31 December. The works on display, which belong to the museum or were entrusted to it, help shed light on this cult and include valuable written documents on loan from the Diocese’s historical archives. Particularly noteworthy items include some extraordinary candelabra supported by angels, offered by the city of Reggio Calabria in 1885 as a token of gratitude to the Virgin Mary for keeping the city safe from a cholera outbreak, and currently removed from their ferculum in order to preserve them.