Get Cozy with the Classics

by Danilo Brunetti

The holidays may be over, but a celebration of all things music continues well into the New Year at the Santa Cecilia Academy. Tiffany Parks has the program.

The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is far and away the most prestigious classical music institution in the Eternal City, and they are kicking off the year on a high note. If your resolution this year was to discover (or deepen your love of) classical music, their post-holiday season is your ticket to doing just that. The New Year’s Concert, from 5 to 8 Jan, features Beatrice Rana interpreting Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the academy orchestra under the baton of Jakub Hrusa, as well as Beethoven’s moving 7th Symphony. On the 9th, cellist Kian Soltani, soprano Giuliana Gianfaldoni, and the Cellos of Santa Cecilia perform Vivaldi, Strauss, Villa-Lobos, and more. January 12–14 sees the Academy’s own Antonio Pappano conducting Mendelssohn and Bruckner, while a solo recital of pianist András Schiff presents a surprise program. Perhaps most highly anticipated of all is the return to the Santa Cecilia stage of legendary pianist Martha Argerich, playing Ravel’s Concerto in Sol. Prokofiev and Sibelius are also on the bill.

Daniele Gatti– Chiefconductor Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.Photo: Marco Borggreve

February kicks off with soprano Sandrine Piau singing Liszt, Schumann, Clara Schumann, Duparc, and more in solo recital, and on the 8th, the Paval Haas Quartet interprets Bartók, Dvorák, and Martinu. From 9 to 12 February, Daniele Gatti conducts Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the 13th presents a solo recital by Igor Levit, interpreting Beethoven’s three piano sonatas. On 16, 18, and 19 Feb, Myung-Whun Chung conducts Brahms Symphonies nos. 3 and 4. Another world-renowned pianist, Evgeny Kissin stages the stage on the 22nd for a solo recital of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Mozart, and Bach in recital, and the month wraps up with Manfred Honeck conducting an all-Mozart program.

Little ones can get in on the action with several events created just for them, including a Befana-themed concert with the JuniOrchestra on 6 January for kids three years and up. Find the full program and purchase tickets at