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An evening with Maestro Roscigno

The lofty surrounds of the Main Theater at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will reverberate to the pianoforte brilliance of Italian maestro Fermo Roscigno when he performs there on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

His repertoire on this night will bear particular emphasis on the classical and romantic period, which are his forte—with a tribute to Filipino music also included in the program. Muzio Clementi’s Minuetto Pastorale, Symphony No. 3 “The Great National” and Concert in C Major for Piano and Orchestra (“Cadenzas” by Fermo Roscigno) will have its premiere in South East Asia that night. Maestro Roscigno will be playing on a Fazioli, the newly acquired Italian piano of the CCP and the first of its kind in the Philippines. Fazioli is considered by many musicians to be the finest piano of today.

(From left)Fermo Roscigno  and Ruggero Barbieri

(From left)Fermo Roscigno and Ruggero Barbieri

The elder brother of Italian  Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno (giving the occasion a neat local touch), Maestro Roscigno studied piano under the tutelage of maestro Vincenzo Vitale at the Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also attended the Specialist Courses in Italian Music in Venice.

His many performances have included recitals and concerts with orchestras in Italy (Rome, Milan, Naples, Venice, Trieste, Bari, Lecce, Bergamo, Arezzo, Matera) as well as in several countries: Malta, Yugoslavia, Hungary, the US, Canada, Switzerland, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Lebanon, and China.

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (Image by MAAN PALMIERY)

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (Image by MAAN PALMIERY)

Joining Maestro Roscigno on stage will be the country’s premier orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), fresh from its hugely successful and much acclaimed concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The PPO will be under the baton of visiting Italian conductor maestro Ruggero Barbieri who was for several years the much respected music director and principal conductor of the PPO. He is currently the principal guest conductor of Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti Orchestra.

Coming on board with their general support to make the concert possible, under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy to the Philippines, are CCP, Rustan’s, Philippine Italian Association (PIA), and Calata Corporation. Hotel sponsor is The Peninsula Manila. The concert is also made possible through the organizing efforts of CCP president Dr. Raul Sunico, PIA president Nedy Tantoco, and PIA’s cultural committee headed by Silvana Diaz.

Tickets at P2,000, P1,500, P1,200, P800, R500, and P300 are available at CCP Box Office 02 832 3704, Ticketworld 02 891 9999,  PIA office 02 815 1310, and the Secretariat 02 895 2109 or 02 877 3412 c/o Lulu Casas and Maricar Alamodin.