Two Countries – One Heart
Music Schools – Twinning Project
The American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC) has launched the international collaboration between the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) of the Washington, DC area and the Padua Music Conservatory of Padua, Italy. The project will advance the AIFIC mission to build a two-way bridge between the United States and Italy. This 2015-2016 collaboration has a special emphasis on our countries youth.
AIFIC has supported this twinning project in collaboration with Velut Luna, an Italian independent music label, which has distinguished itself over the years for a long tradition of promoting young talent, with the support of professionals and great maestros. The initiative has produced a high-level of diverse music-making.
The Exchange of Musicians, the core of the project
The two symphonies perform in Padua, Italy and in Washington, DC. Two outstanding sopranos, Cheryl Porter and Rosella Caporale, participate. The program includes music representative of the US and Italian traditions.
The Director of the Padua Conservatory, Maestro Leopoldo Armellini, and the Executive Director of AYPO Dr Graham Elliott have agreed to the twinning of their respective institutions. There is an exchange of five American young musicians (first violin, second violin, first viola, first cello, first bass) drawn from among the five AYPO orchestras, who travel to Italy and perform in the Padua Concert. Five young Italian musicians will travel to the US in April 2016 to play with the senior AYPO orchestra in concert at the Italian Embassy.
The Concert in Padua, Italy
The concert is hold on October 17, 2015 at 9:00PM at the “Cesare Pollini” Conservatory concert hall.
Conductor Maestro Giuliano Medeossi.
Cheryl Porter, sings the American pieces, and Rosella Caporale sings the Italian items.
The number of musicians performing in Padova is 73 (including the 5 American young Musicians)
01 – Fanfare For The Common Man (A.Copland) 3:26
02 – God Bless America (I. Berlin) * 3:28
03 – Luna Saracena (F. Caporale) § 4:06
04 – Il Chiodo (A. Lincetto, R. Caporale, S. Tonin) § 3:17
05 – I Look To You (R. Kelly) * 4:32
06 – America Is (H. David – J. Raposo) * 3:52
07 – I’ Te Vurria Vasà (V. Russo, E. Di Capua) § 5:44
08 – Era De Maggio (M. Costa, S. Di Giacomo) § 5:28
09 – Consequence (Lisa Marie Simmons, Marco Cremaschini) * 5:13
10 – Voce ‘e Notte (E.Nicolardi, E. De Curtis) § 4:58
11 – God Bless The USA (Lee Greenwood) * 3:44
12 – Intermezzo da “Cavalleria Rusticana” (P. Mascagni) 3:22
13 – Con te partirò (Time To Say Goodbye) (F. Sartori, L. Quarantotto) § * 3:25 especially dedicated in memory of Mrs. Renza Ravagnan Pagiaro (1939-2012)
The Concert in Washington, DC
The Concert is held on April 5th, 2016 at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC with the presence of the Italian Ambassador Mr. Armando Varricchio.
AYPO Artistic Director, Christopher Zimmermann shares the conductor’s dais with Italian Maestro Simone Tonin.
Cheryl Porter, sings the American pieces, and Rosella Caporale, sings the Italian items.
The number of musicians performing in Washington is 85 (Including the 6 Italian young Musicians)
Details of the music program in Washington
01. Pini di Roma (Ottorino Respighi) 23’
a) “I pini di Villa Borghese” (The Pines of the Villa Borghese)
b) “Pini presso una catacomba” (Pines near a catacomb)
c) “I pini del Gianicolo” (The Pines of the Janiculum)
d) “I pini della Via Appia” (The Pines of the Appian Way)
02. Luna Saracena (4’) (Fulvio Caporale). Rosella Caporale)
03. America Is (4’) (B. J. Thomas) Cheryl Porter
04. Il chiodo (3’) (Adriano Lincetto). Rosella Caporale
05. Consequence (5’) (Cheryl Porter). Cheryl Porter
06. Era De Maggio (5’) (Giacomo Costa). Rosella Caporale
07. God Bless the USA (4’) (Lee Greenwood) Cheryl Porter
08. Con te partirò – Time to say goodbye (3’) (Francesco Sartori) Cheryl Porter and Rosella Caporale
A CD has been produced, with graphic and photo contents that celebrate the natural beauty of the US and Italy.
The organizations involved in the project obtained the patronage of the US Embassy in Rome, the Italian Embassy in Washington DC and the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington.
In Padova the invited Guest of Honor is the American Consular Agent in Venice Ms. Megan Jones.
A delegation composed by The Director of Conservatorio di Padova Leopoldo Armellini, the two sopranos Cheryl Porter and Rossella Caporale, the conductor Maestro Giuliano Medeossi, the founder of Valet Luna, Marco Lincetto and the five American students from the American Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be received by Ambassador Phillip T. Reeker at his Residence in Milan on October 12.
Highlights of the concerts:
1) Three unpublished pieces, two of which have been composed especially for the event;
2) Outstanding classic arrangement for a large orchestra of two country music pieces. These pieces are usually played with electronic drums and guitars.
3) Original and noteworthy arrangement for the Gospel pieces, as strings will replace the classic choral parts in support of the soloist. This has never been done before.
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