Last Judgment – All Month
A show like nothing that has come before it, The Last Judgment: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel has as its protagonist arguably the most celebrated work of art in the world. The revolutionary performance combines immersive 270° projections, live actors, engaging original music by Sting, and extraordinary special effects to tell the genesis of a masterpiece of history, art, and humanity. The show was conceived by Marco Balich and produced by Artainment Worldwide Shows, with the scientific consultation of the Vatican Museums. Auditorium Conciliazione. Performed in Italian with eight other language options available with the use of earphones. giudiziouniversale.com
Andy Warhol – From Wednesday 3
On occasion of what would have been his 90th birthday, an exhibition at the Vittoriano Complex celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Andy Warhol. Over 170 of his works are on display, from his 1962 silkscreen Campbell’s Soup series, the Pop Art experiment that catapulted him to fame, to his representations of the Hollywood icons of his time, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley. The retrospective traces the incredible life of a man who transformed not only art, but music, cinema, and fashion, as well.
Uto Ughi – Wednesday 3
Doubtless the most celebrated living Italian violinist, Uto Ughi will perform pieces off his new album Note d’Europa, at the Parco della Musica in a one-night-only solo recital. Accompanied by I Filarmonici di Roma chamber orchestra, Ughi will play some of the most exquisite works of the violin repertoire, each piece representing a masterwork of a different European country, including Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Germany. Sala Sinopoli, Auditorium PDM.
West Side Story – From Friday 12 to Sunday 14
The Santa Cecilia Orchestra opens its season with a bang with a concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s immortal West Side Story. On occasion of the centennial of Bernstein’s birth, Sir Antonio Pappano directs what is arguably the most famous musical of all time, featuring songs that are loved the world over, such as America, Somewhere, Tonight, and I Feel Pretty. The renowned Santa Cecilia Orchestra and a large cast of singers, including NadineSierra as Maria, come together to interpret this modern-day streets-of-New York version of Romeo and Juliet.
Jackson Pollock – From Wednesday 10
Selected works of the incomparable Jackson Pollock go
on display this month at the Vittoriano Complex. Pollock
and the New York School is a bold exhibit that explores the anti-conformism, psychological introspection, and artistic experimentation that Pollock and his contemporaries championed. Roughly 50 paintings are on display, the nucleus of the Whitney Museum’s collection, with works by Jackson and the other founding members of the New York School, including Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and many others. The highlight of the exhibit is Pollock’s Number 27, a 3 meter-wide canvas, arguably one of the most renowned examples of abstract expressionism.
Ben Harper – Saturday 27
This incisive and influential musician is making a hotly anticipated stop in Rome as part of his latest world tour. The Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome’s premier performance venue, hosts the American singer and guitarist who has been transcending musical genres and deftly combining music and political activism for nearly a quarter century. Harper is joined onstage by The Innocent Criminals, made up of Leon Mobley (percussion), Juan Nelson (bass), Oliver Charles (drums), and Jason Mozersky (guitar), a group he has been recording and performing with throughout his entire career.