Italian Summer readies to warm up BA
A full range of activities in this year’s celebration of Italy, which begins on Sunday
A new edition of the Verano Italiano (Italian Summer) is right around the corner with an ample menu including concerts, art exhibitions, movie cycles and a tasty number of gastronomic events.
Various distinguished personalities from the cultural/artistic sphere will participate in this year’s edition, such as: Stefano Bollani, one of the biggest jazz pianists of Italy and the whole world — he will be presenting his live show at the Coliseo theatre on June 3; actor Gianni De Feo from Belli’s theatre in Rome will perform a lively monologue dedicated to the late British scientific Alan Turnig on June 1 and 3.
The Italian Gastronomic Week — organized by the newspaper L’Italiano alongside famous food critic Pietro Zorba — will include, from May 30 to June 6, special offers on different Italian restaurants in the city, including tastings of traditional Italian dishes prepared by Argentine chefs, cooking classes and a whole event dedicated to aperitifs, in collaboration with Gancia.
The classical music side will be represented by a splendid piano trio conformed by Giorgia Tomassi, Carlo Maria Griguoli and Alessandro Stella, who will be performing on June 10 in the Coliseo theatre as part of the Nuova Harmonia concert-cycle. Also, pianist Antonio Di Cristofano will be covering works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Rota, Liszt and Scriabin in the auditorium of the Instituto Italiano de Cultura. On June 25, sacred music will be performed by the masters Roberto Caravella and Gustavo Siminovich. On June 9, the Coliseo theatre will feature Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlos. Just like in last year’s edition, the General Consulate of Italy will organize a soirée in benefit of the Patronato Italiano.
The Umbrian singer Lucilla Galeazzi will offer a popular Italian music concert on June 21 at the Usina del Arte. The event — celebrated due to the 30th anniversary of the Umbrian Centre in BA and the 10 year-anniversary of the radio show L’Ombelico del Mondo — will feature the presence of the Umbrian region’s president, who will be visiting the city. On Tuesday 24, Galeazzi will be also performing at Italy’s Cultural Institute.
Elena Roger and Escalandrum will be rendering a tribute to Italian singer Mina and legendary composer Ástor Piazzolla on July 10 at the Coliseo theatre.
Another relevant musical event will take place on June 22 at the Grand Auditorium of the Usina del Arte with free entrance. The concert will feature the Dolce Vita live orchestra, directed by Giuliano Di Giuseppe, alongside Pierluigi Ruggiero on violoncello and soprano singer Patrizia Cigna. Its focus will be the most cherished musical scores of Italian cinema by Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and De Curtis, among others.
The Italian Summer will also offer an opportunity to witness the latest Italian cinema. On June 1, the Italian Cinema cycle will begin with the projection of Nuovo Cinema Paradiso for free. For the first time, the audience will be able to see the complete version of the film, just like it was conceived by director Giuseppe Tornatore. Tickets can be picked up from today at the Coliseo theatre. The movie’s projection will be introduced by Pasión de Amantes, a pas de deux performed by dancers Natalia Pelayo and Fabrizio Coppo — both of them from the Colón theatre — over Morricone’s music.
Between June 18 and 22, the micro-cinema of Recoleta’s Cultural Centre will host the Contemporary Italian Cinema Festival, with the presentation of 11 titles from renowned Italian filmmakers such as Lo Cascio‘s La città ideale, Di Matteo’s Gli equilibristi, Rovere’s Gli sfiorati, Gabriellini’s Padroni di casa, Ciprì’s Èstato il figlio, Rubini’s Mi rifaccio vivo, Nicchiarelli La scoperta dell’alba, Di Costanzo’s L’intervallo and Quatriglio’s Terramatta. All movies will be projected with Spanish subtitles. Also scheduled is the special presentation of the cult movie La meglio gioventù (part I and II), a revision of the most important aspects of Italian history from the 60s to nowadays. This movie cycle constitutes an opportunity to learn about the problems that modern Italy faces, from a social and political point of view — but also with a certain focus on the psychological apprehensions of the latest generations and a particular attention given to the fight against crime.
The Humour Museum on de los Italianos Av. will host, between June 4 and 30 a valuable exhibition on the history of Italian comic, titled Comics che passione!, with works ranging from the 30s up to nowadays, aimed to the younger audience.
Several art exhibitions will be included amid the celebrations of the Italian Summer. The Sívori museum will feature two exhibitions: the first one on Luiso Sturla, a wise teacher from the old Italian painting school; the second one will be dedicated to the winners of the Lucio Fontana award, an annual art contest sponsored by Italy’s General Consulate. On the multimedia format, Exodus will feature works by five different Italian artists. For those interested in photography, Sensational Umbria will present a compilation of famed photographer Steve McCurry’s works.
The complete programme is available at www.veranoitaliano.com.