India, Italy celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations

A series of cultural exchange programmes, including exhibitions and music, are being planned in India to celebrate the 70th anniversary (1948-2018) of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Italy, beginning this month.

According to a press release here on Thursday, the chamber orchestra “Cameristi della Scala”, formed by the musicians of the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala di Milano, will make their debut in India On 18th of March with a concert at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Cameristi della Scala together with Laura Marzadori as the soloist will also stage concerts in Calcutta and Mumbai and the programme includes music by Rossini, Paganini, Sivori and Bazzini.

Dr Andrea Baldi, Director Italian Embassy Cultural Centre shared, “The classical music is one of the great cultural products for export that Italy has produced with plenty of masterpieces during its glorious cultural history. Music is also known to be the most transversal artistic expression among different cultures. When this is interpreted by a group so refined and universally known and recognized as the musicians of the La Scala Chamber Orchestra, chosen to represent the highlight of the celebrations of the 70 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and India, it becomes easy.”

“Although the group’s musicians are part of the Scala Orchestra, they form an independent group. There is also a fundamental difference, due precisely to the fact that they are called Cameristi, means they are a group of chamber music, which is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments-traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber. Chamber music normally does not have a director, and has a limited number of instruments. The orchestra instead performs in theaters, includes all types of instruments and requires a direction” continued Dr Baldi.

“Our upcoming Indian tour will be an extremely exciting experience for us since it’s the first time we visit and perform in your country. We will perform the Indian National Anthem at the Italian Embassy which will be a night to celebrate the relationship between Italy and India. We have chosen some of the most famous themes from Opera (the fantasy on the themes of Traviata and Trovatore) as well as our violin virtuoso Nicolò Paganini.”

“We have also paid attention to the 20th century by choosing a composition from Nino Rota who wrote the wonderful soundtrack for the famous movie “Il Gattopardo”. Our young soloist, Laura Marzadori, is not only the concertmaster of Teatro alla Scala but also a very well known soloist” said Roberto Nigro, Coordinamento Generale, Cameristi della Scala.

“The message we bring for Indians is that we can’t wait to visit your country for the first time. The program we have chosen is a taste of three centuries of Italian musical inspiration. We hope the audiences will enjoy it and feel our pure joy of making music together while we drink a sip of your magic atmosphere” continued Roberto. 

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