There is something fascinating in listening to a concert in the Great Hall of a University or in a cultural institute. Whilst sounds gently caress your ears, the eyes and the mind are seduced by surroundings that radiate the beauty of culture and architecture.
This happens at the Danish Academy, whose auditorium will host the pianist Maria Garzon in a concert entitled “The music of Ullman and the Memory of the Shoah” on Monday February 18th. Few people are aware that the Danish Academy, designed by the architect Kay Fisker, is the only example of Scandinavian functionalism in the Roman architectural scene. A work that knows how to perfectly combine formal aesthetics with practical needs; a play of opposites where lights are reflected in the shadows and horizontal perspectives converge in vertical visions.
The Danish Academy is divided in three distinct branches. One is home for scholarship holders, the other hosts the library and the third is the concert auditorium. It is within the latter, where love for art and civilisation converge, that the pianist will perform: we are talking about Maria Garzon, who dedicated most of her studies to the great Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann- a musician whom at the peak of his career was deported and killed in Auschwitz.
The Spanish pianist, boasting international prizes and performances, proposes a repertoire that ranges from Ullmann to Albéniz -gently drifting her fingers on the keyboard, playing the bitter memories of the Holocaust.
We change location and artist, yet it is still a woman that will amaze us. The German clarinetist Sabine Meyer, known prior to her solo career for having been the long-time First Clarinet of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Sabine Meyer will be performing on Saturday February 23rd in the Great Hall of the Sapienza University, in a concert that will range from Borodin’s Polovine Dances to Stravinskij’s Firebird, from Milahud’s Scaramouche suite to Šostakovič’s Prelude and Gavotte.
She won’t be alone on stage. By her side, the Alliage Quintett, a unique ensemble composed by four saxophonists and a pianist. The group cultivates unusually symphonic sounds whilst expressing multiculturalism at its best, as its components come from all over the world – from Canada to Germany, from Armenia to Korea. The combination of Sabine Mayer’s clarinet and the quintett’s saxophones has an exciting feel. The dynamic expressiveness of the saxophones, merging with the delicacy of the clarinet results in a captivatingly unique sound.
Monday February 18th. The music of Ullmann and the Memory of the Shoah – Concert by the pianist Maria Garzon at the Auditorium of the Danish Academy, via Omero 18, Rome. Tel. 06 3265931.
Saturday February 23rd. Sabine Meyer and Alliage Quintett in concert at La Sapienza Great Hall, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome. Tel. 06 3610051-2.