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Festival Como Città della Musica

The FESTIVAL COMO CITTA’ DELLA MUSICA (Como City of Music)  is back again with its 10th Edition! From June 29th to July 15th 2017 the Festival will bring to Como new forms of Performing Arts and Music.

 The Music Festival “Como City of Music” is celebrating its 10th years of activity in 2017, an anniversary achieved with determination and energy, through new forms of performances, all characterized by the common principle of making the theater a place of social, cultural and human identity, where everyone can try and find answers to questions that each of us asks about the meaning of life and meaning of doing theater today.

And it is the participation that becomes the natural response to this search for meaning. An enlarged participation, democratic and viable, with no barriers between spectators and artists, amateurs and professionals, the public and operators. A community that gathers around and within the Art of Performing, unfolded in all its forms: theater, dance, it instrumental, sacred and profane.

For the past five years, the Teatro Sociale di Como-AsLiCo has innovatively oriented their activity in this direction: first of all the 200.Com project, involving over two hundred amateur singers, regardless of social and cultural background extraction, regardless of age, language or competence, inserted in an opera production, after a year of choral workshops.

A participated Festival then, that calls on the city, and beyond, to get involved, to sing, play, dance.

Opening the festival will be the Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, choral work par excellence.
This is the title chosen for 200.Com  A project now in its fifth edition, that was started during the celebrations for the bicentenary of the Theater, with the aim to actively involve the public and the city, who become co-protagonists of artistic productions of the highest level.

The work involves the choristers chosen amongst 'citizens' who, after passing through auditions, follow an intense course of study and testing in anticipation of the four performances happening at the Arena Theater on the evenings of June 29th, and July 1st and 4th. Verdi's opera is set in a contemporary urban setting, to thrash out the conflict as timely as ever between oppressors and oppressed, between freedom and imprisonment, including refugees and citizens. The direction is by a young Italian director called Jacopo Spirei. Over 300 people, including amateurs and professionals bring to life this project and the summer production. The direction is again given to the able baton of Maestro Jacopo Rivani.

From the voices of the Opera to the energy of Dance with an innovative and, of course, participatory project.

Friday, July 7th at 9.30pm CANTI DELLA SETA (SONGS OF SILK). The city is on the move with a choreography by Virgilio Sieni.
Dancer and choreographer amongst the most representative in Europe, Virgilio Sieni has always worked on Dance 'participatory' projects, addressed to a wider community of citizens, young and old, students and amateurs, moved by the desire to dig into their bodies to meet the other.
The project will end with the debut of the show on July 7th at the Arena of the Teatro Sociale in Como and will be the culmination of a workshop of a several months journey of over 100 non-professional dancers led by Sieni and his assistants.
The participants of this project by Virgilio Sieni were chosen through a tender amongst citizens from 16 years of age, with no technical expertise required.

 On July 9th, the Arena will host the MESSA DA REQUIEM by Giuseppe Verdi.
In Como, the sublime Verdi masterpiece will be played by the Orchestra 1813 and by nearly 300 choristers of the New Jersey Choral Society, an association founded in 1980 that brings together amateurs and enthusiasts of three US states.

As always, Music Festival “Como City of Music” wants to be cross-disciplines, not only taking the music in all its forms, from opera to pop music, from classical ballet to symphonic and electronic music, but also invading with free concerts the streets of the city. From the Arena to Villa Olmo, from the Cloister of Sant'Abbondio to the WWI Memorial, from Villa del Grumello to the Tower of the Baradello Castle, music will play all over the place!.
A Festival around the festival, that invades the city from dawn to midnight, where you can listen to music and admire the landscape, and you can visit villas in unusual hours. From morning to night, from dusk to dawn, a festival that arises and falls asleep only for a few hours ...

The festival agenda includes other shows to be defined, to be held at the Arena behind the Teatro Sociale and at the other historic locations around the festival.

Tickets of the shows are already on sale from March 10, 2017, both online and on location at the Box Office of the Teatro Sociale di Como, located in Piazza Verdi, behind the Duomo.

Como, 29th June - 9th July 2017
Como City of Music
One, two ... hundred steps
Thursday, June 29th, Saturday, July 1sy, and Tuesday, July 4 th- 9.30pm
Drama in four parts. Themistocles Solera Booklet. Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Director Jacopo Rivani
Director Jacopo Spirei
Production Teatro Sociale di Como AsLiCo
New Production
Project 200.Com - V Edition

Friday, July 7th - 9.30pm
SONGS OF SILK. The city on the move (Dance Show)
Choreography by Virgilio Sieni
The show on July 7th will be the culmination of a workshop path of several months of more than 100 non-professional dancers led by Sieni and his assistants.

Sunday, July 9th - 9.30pm
by Giuseppe Verdi
Director Eric Dale Knapp
New Jersey Choral Society
Orchestra 1813

Friday July 14th - 9.30pm
in the "Combattente" Tour

Saturday July 15th - 9.30pm
in their Tour 2017