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[Updated] Screening: ‘Like Crazy’ – Italian Participation in Nairobi’s 28th Edition of the European Film Festival, May 18 2019 @ Diamond Plaza II

Screening: Paolo Virzi’s LA PAZZA GIOIA –
Date: 18th May 2019
Venue: Diamond Plaza II (11th floor)
Time: 7 pm

Italian participation in Nairobi’s 28th edition of the European Film Festival, 2019, with the film – La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy) by Paolo Virzi’.

Updated Program: EFF 2019 Schedule (pdf)

Link to the Festival web page: La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy), 2016

Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti
Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders.

Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic.

Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse – the world of sane people.

May 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Drinking Italian Style, Aperitifs & More with Andrea Scacco, Nov. 22-23 2017 @ Michael Joseph Centre

Date: November 22-23, 2017
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
Time: 6-9 pm
Free Entry

November 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

[Updated] Public Lecture: by PM of Italy H.E Matteo Renzi, Jul. 15 2015 @ the University Of Nairobi

Updated PL by Italian PM
Date: July 14, 2015 Wednesday July 15, 2015
Venue: Taifa Hall, University of Nairobi
Time: 1.30 pm for 2 pm 9.30 am for 10 am

Theme: Challenges of Development –Building Bridges to Combat Terrorism

Updated: New Date and time for the public lecture by the Italian PM

July 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Talk: NDARUGU Camp 360 & the Italian Prisoners of War in Kenya, May 15 2014 @ Italian Institute of Culture

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May 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Piano Concert: Homage to Africa by Silvia Belfiore, May 8 2014 @ Italian Institute of Culture

Homage to Africa
Date: May 8, 2014
Venue: Italian Institute of Culture
Time: 7 pm [Doors open at 6.30 pm]
Entry: Free

May 5, 2014 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Charity concert by renowned ensemble I SOLISTI VENETI, Dec. 6 2013 @ Oshwal Centre

Charity Concert
Date: December 6, 2013
Venue: Oshwal Centre
Entry: Free
Booking essential Ensure you receive a written confirmation to show at the door

Antonio VIVALDI Concerto in D minor RV 127
(1678 –1741) for strings

Giovanni BOTTESINI “Gran Duo concertante”
(1821 – 1889) for violin, double bass & strings

Gioacchino ROSSINI Variations in E flat major
(1792 – 1868) for clarinet & orchestra

Antonino PASCULLI “Beautiful souvenirs of Verdi’s Traviata”
(1842 –1924) for hoboe & strings

Giuseppe VERDI From the Opera “I Lombardi”
(1813 – 1901) Introduction Act II for violin & strings

Ennio MORRICONE “Gran Cinema Paradiso” for orchestra
(Born 1928)

Nicola PIOVANI “Life is beautiful” for clarinet & strings
(Born 1946)

Jean ARBAN Variations on the “Carnival of Venice”
(1825 – 1889) for trumpet & strings.

Vittorio MONTI “Czarda” for violin & strings
(1868 – 1922)


The ensemble

CLAUDIO SCIMONE, Musical Director

Lucio DEGANI, Chiara PARRINI – violins
Charlie DI VACRI – viola
Giuseppe BARUTTI – cello
Gabriele RAGGHIANTI – double bass
Paolo GRAZIA – hoboe
Lorenzo GUZZONI – clarinet
Daniele GRECO D’ALCEO – trumpet


I Solisti Veneti

The “I Solisti Veneti” orchestra which was founded and directed (to this day) by Claudio Scimone in 1959, quickly reached worldwide fame and obtained unconditional enthusiasm by audiences and the critics alike. To its name are almost 6.000 concerts in over 80 countries, participation to the Major International Festivals (more than 30 concerts at the Salzburg Festival), an impressive discography of over 350 titles on LP, CD and DVD editions and a wide range of musical and historical as well as cultural and promotional activities.

The fiftieth anniversary of “I Solisti Veneti, in 2010, was solemnly celebrated at the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua by the President of the Italian Republic and in December 2010 as part of the official Christmas concert for the Italian Senate (the most important official concert of the Italian musical life) in the presence of the President of the Republic and of all the official Italian authorities and the Vatican.

The highest awards in the music world were conferred to “I Solisti Veneti “and to Claudio Scimone: Grammy Award, several Grand Prix du Disque and the ‘ Academie du Disque Lyrique’, a number of awards from Discography Critics in Italy and other countries. The brilliant award of the Festival Bar with 350,000 votes from the youngest listeners. In 2008 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice they were awarded the Arthur Rubinstein Foundation Association prize “Una vita nella musica” (“A life in music”) which is considered by the international critics to be the Nobel Prize of music.

The Solisti were the focus of major television programs including “The Seven Words” by Haydn at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (Ermanno Olmi, director), “Vivaldi peintre de la musique” by François Reichenbach and many others. They have worked with the greatest singers and soloists of our time from Placido Domingo, to Josè Carreras, June Anderson, Ruggero Raimondi, Samuel Ramey, Itzaak Perlman, Sviatoslav Richter just to name a few. They were the first in Italy to hold concerts with special programs and presentations in the premises of primary and secondary schools.

They brought to light hundreds of unknown works from Italy’s great musical heritage in concerts and in theatres bringing to life many of the illustrious musicians from the past as well as taking care of the complete works by Giuseppe Tartini.
With the memorable first modern performance of “Orlando Furioso” (Verona 1978) with Marylyn Horne, Victoria de Los Angeles and with Luigi Pizzi as the director, they disclosed to the world the ‘importance of Vivaldi’s theatre works.
By performing the “Birth of Dawn” and the “Council of the Planets” by Tommaso Albinoni and his interlude “Pimpinone” they revealed the beauty of the vocal works by Tommaso Albinoni.
Many amongst the most famous composers of our time, including Ennio Morricone, Bussotti, Donatoni, R. Malipiero, Halffter, Constant, De Pablo, Corghi, Guaccero, Manzoni, De Marzi, devoted music to “I Solisti Veneti” thus creating an important series of works for 10 or more solo strings.
To express the deep connection existing between Venetian music, architecture and visual arts they have recorded a series of DVDs of great importance including “Vivaldi’s Seasons at the Palladian Villas” (Arthaus), “The Glory and the sacred music of Vivaldi in San Marco Square in Venice and at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua” (Dynamic), “Vivaldi Concertos for flute with James Galway at the Palazzo Ducale of Venice” (Hardy Classic), “Council of the planets” by Tommaso Albinoni (Unitel) at the great, historical Sala della Ragione in Padua (Unitel) and many others.


Claudio Scimone

Claudio Scimone founded “I Solisti Veneti” in 1959 and has to date conducted all concerts and all recordings of his Orchestra.
A pupil of the great Greek conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos and of Franco Ferrara, he made his debut in opera at Covent Garden in London with Donizetti’s “Elisir d’Amore”.
For operas, concerts and recordings he co-operated with many of the world’s top organizations such as the Arena of Verona, La Fenice in Venice, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (for the first performances in modern times of “Moses in Egypt”, “Il Maometto”, “Edipo a Colono”), the San Carlo theatre in Naples, the Opera in Rome (at the “Terme di Caracalla”), La Scala of Milan, the Opera Theatres in New York, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Zurich, Melbourne and so on… and with the London Symphony Orchestras (Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic), and equivalent in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Sydney, Montreal to mention but a few.
Claudio Scimone is also the Honorary Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon.
He has conducted and recorded the first modern integral performance of many operatic works by Rossini (“Moses in Egypt”, “Maometto”, “Edipo a Colono”, “Hermione,” “Armida”, etc…) and by other great Italian composers (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Galuppi, Salieri, etc.) and he conducted the world’s first recording of the symphonic works by Muzio Clementi.
He collaborates with the Rossini Foundation of Pesaro in the ‘Rossini edition of the Opera Omnia’.
He has dedicated a passionate activity to teach music to young people.
He taught Orchestra at the “B.Marcello” Conservatory of Venice, and for a good 30 years held the directorship of the Padua Superior National Conservatory of Music holding music master classes there as well as in many countries. Because of this activity and the many others Claudio Scimone was bestowed with both the honour of “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica” (the Italian Republic’s highest honour) and the Gold Medal Of School, Art and Culture, from the President of the Republic of Italy.
He is the only musician awarded the Veneto Lion by the Veneto Region of Italy, an award given by the unanimous decision of the Regional Parliament.
The University of Padova – one of the two most ancient Universities in the world – awarded him with the honorary title of Doctor in Law.

November 29, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Italian Jazz Concert: Piero delle Monache Quartet, Oct. 10 2013 @ Italian Institute of Culture – Westlands

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Date: October 10, 2013
Venue: Italian Institute of Culture, Westlands
Time: 7 pm (Doors open at 6.30pm.)
Entry: Free

The Quartet
Piero delle Monache – saxophone / Giovanni Ceccarelli – piano & keyboard / Tito Mangialajo Rantzer – double bass / Alessandro Marzi – drums

• Samar in Arabic means to narrate stories
• Ascolta se piove is the translation of the romantic name of a street of a small Norman town
• Aperol is the imaginary dialogue between the waiter of the café and a regular patron
• Rollin’ Years (Mr. Michael Blindlove) rolling years, which Piero Delle Monache experienced encountering and running into many adventures, between one relocation and another
• RW2 is the second track of a suite dedicated to the Rwandese war and the subsequent exodus
• Rue des Saisons is inspired by a street of the multi-ethnic university district of Brussels
• Sweetness is dedicated to the sweetness of life
• Ascolta se piove in a solo version is a sort of monologue
• Thunupa is the title track of the disc. It surprises us with the introduction of some voices recorded in the studio, suddenly phoning friends and colleagues and inviting them to repeat some sentences of a book
• Dreamers was composed thinking of the role of creators and dreamers

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Event sponsored by the Italian Government – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – DGSP [Directorate General for the Country Promotion (Economy, Culture & Science)]

October 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

String Quartet Charity Concert: ‘Un Cavaliere’ E Tre Italiani, Jun. 19 2013 @ Michael Joseph Centre

Date: June 19, 2013
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House
Time: 6.30 for 7 pm
Entry: Free

UN CAVALIERE” E TRE ITALIANI * – To mark the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth

F.J.Haydn – Quartetto Op.74 n.3 in Sol Minore “Reiterquartett”
Largo assai
Menuet – Allegro
Finale – Allegro con brio

G.Verdi – Quartetto in Mi Minore
Scherzo Fuga – Allegro assai mosso

N.Rota – Fantasia on themes from the films:
• Romeo e Giulietta (Romeo and Juliet)
• Amarcord
• Il Padrino (The Godfather)
• Otto e mezzo (8 ½)
• Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
(String quartet version by Francesco Zorzini & Marco Nason)

E.Morricone – Fantasia on themes from the films:
• The Mission
• Giù la Testa (A fistful of Dynamite)
• La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano (The Legend of 1900)
• C’era una volta il west (Once upon a time in the West)
• Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars)
• Il buono, il brutto e il cattivo (The Good the Bad and the Ugly)
(String quartet version by Francesco Zorzini & Marco Nason)

June 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

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