It will be the baton of John Axelrod that conducts the last season's concert of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, with the traditional Christmas Concert, this year dedicated to George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (soloist Giuseppe Albanese) and Porgy and Bess in concert version arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.
Three concerts on Thursday 15 (20h30), Saturday 17 (20h00) and Sunday 18 December (16h00).
On Thursday 15th in the Auditorium (18h30), John Axelrod will introduce the concert in a short conference titled: “A Composer of the People, A Concert for the People”.
Here it is a short preview by Mr. Axelrod:
"As always, holidays are for good cheer, and which American composer with rhythm and swing always brings a smile to the face? Here are two hints: Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue? George Gershwin, of course, the composer of the people. As I wrote in my book, (“The Symphony Orchestra in Crisis”): Popular music aside, Gershwin was just as serious as any other composer. And his distinctively American sound became global in its appeal. But he also did something no one else at this point was able to do. He spoke to the street. Gershwin is quoted as saying: ‘True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.’
Though this will be in Milano with laVerdi and its wonderful choir, 2016 holidays will be for the people of our time, swinging and singing. Summertime and the livin' is easy and that rising clarinet in the rhapsody will certainly raise your holiday spirit! I'll be singing too, literally. not just conducting! Come hear the joy, especially at a moment right now in the world when we all need to be happy a bit more. We’re on our way!"