From 19th to 25th March the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana will dedicate a series of initiatives to Azio Corghi on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The programme, realised in collaboration with Rete Due (Network 2) of the RSI (Italian Swiss Radio), involves 3 concerts – including a number of Swiss premieres – master classes and meetings at the studios and auditorium of the RSI in Lugano.
The first musical event is dedicated to children. Thus on 19th March at the Auditorio della RSI the musical fable Le due regine will be performed. Based on an idea byDario Moretti, the production features Sonia Bergamasco and the Naqqara Ensemble conducted by Maurizio Ben Omar. This will be followed on 23rd March by a concert in which the Orchestra e il Coro della Svizzera Italiana, conducted by Enrique Mazzola, will perform Cruci-Verba (a reading from and commentary on José Saramago’s The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, performed over Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis) with Sonia Bergamasco as reciting voice.
Corghi’s week-long presence at the OSI will conclude on 25th March with Un petit train de plaisir (a ballet from Giacomo Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse) in the version for 2 pianos, 6 percussion and reciting voice. The text by Quirino Principe will be recited by the actor Claudio Moneta while the Ensemble 900 from the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland will be conducted by a student from the course in orchestral conducting.