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ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA USA TOUR 2018 - at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center



ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA USA TOUR 2018 - at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute cordially invite you to a special concert by the Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala, conducted by Iván Fischer.

The La Scala Academy Orchestra traces its origin to the master courses for young musicians embarking on a career in a professional orchestra. It is currently the only institution in Italy providing training across the entire orchestra repertoire: symphonies, operas, and ballets. Under the guidance of acclaimed musicians and the first chairs of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, the two-year curriculum provides individual training in the chosen instrument and ensemble lessons in chamber music, orchestra sections, and full orchestra exercises.

Part of a United States tour stopping also in Princeton and New York, the program performed at the Dekelboum Concert Hall of the University of Maryland will feature compositions by RossiniMendelssohn and Čajkovskij.


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 Special thanks to American Society of Friends of Teatro alla Scala.



Dekelboum Concert Hall 
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 
8270 Alumni Dr 
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Parking and directions


Please Note


A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.





Guests should collect the ticket(s) they have reserved at the Will Call window at the Box Office by providing their name.  The Dekelboum Concert Hall is immediately adjacent to the ticket office. 
Ushers at the Dekelboum entrance will direct you inside and assist you to find the section of your reserved seats.  

BOX OFFICE ADDRESS: 8270 Alumni Drive, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. 

PARKING - There are two nearby parking options:

  1. Stadium Drive Garage is next to The Clarice.  Parking is $3/hour, guests pay when they park at paystations located near the pedestrian entrances to the garage. 
  2. There is free parking after 4pm in Lot 1b or Lot Z, sections of the large surface lot that is within easy walking distance of The Clarice.  

For more parking information please CLICK HERE 






Gioachino Rossini

Ouverture from La gazza ladra

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Symphony n. 4 (Italiana) in A major, op. 90

Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij

Symphony n. 5 in E minor, op. 64





Gioachino Rossini was a child prodigy who won enthusiastic acclaim from audiences across Europe, a genius capable of writing an opera such as The Barber of Seville in just a few weeks, who then retreated into seclusion at the age of 37 and the height of his career, to dedicate himself to meditation—at times struggling with depression—and writing recipes, garnished with an occasional masterpiece such as Stabat Mater and Petite messe solennelle. La gazza ladra was written before Rossini’s retreat from public view and was one of his favorites. The composer wrote to his mother in 1817: “Dearest Mother, Let us rejoice, rejoice by God! My Gazza Ladra a huge success. I cannot recall such fanaticism. It begins with a symphony that is so divine that all were pleased. […] I was called to the stage to immense applause after the first act. […] if you only knew how many nights I spent at the table writing this opera […] but it is the most beautiful I have ever written.” Indeed, it was impossible not to be swept away by the powerful vitality of the music right from the first notes of the overture. Audiences were thrilled but also taken aback by Rossini’s nonconventional genius: to some it seemed outrageous to begin an opera with that disconcerting drum roll!

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s brilliant career began under the best auspices. He was born into a wealthy Jewish family in Berlin who were quite diligent about providing their children with an education that included reading and writing, mathematics, Greek and Latin, French and English, drawing and dance. Showing exceptional musical talent at an early age, Felix and his sister Fanny were taught piano, violin, and voice. The social setting provided further stimuli. The circle of friends and relatives who frequently visited the Mendelssohn house included the philosopher and mathematician Moses Mendelssohn and the men of letters Friedrich Schlegel and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Felix also traveled extensively through his native Germany as well as to England and France, broadening his cultural horizons and becoming acquainted with great artists and their masterpieces. He was twenty-two when he finally set foot in Italy and began to take in the rich pageant of people and places. In a letter to his family from Venice in October 1830, he exclaims, “Italy finally! I have thought of it as the highest joy of my life ever since I have been able to think; now this joy has begun and I am reveling in it.”

This spirit gave birth to the idea of creating a symphonic work that would express his deep and rapturous experience of Italy. Several years would pass, however, before he was able to produce the first version of his ‘Italian’ Symphony, a work that would soon be one of the world’s best loved symphonic compositions. The listener will particularly appreciate the reference to Italy in the last movement: the Salterello (presto) evokes the homonymous folk dance typical of central Italy, characterized by an extraordinary rhythmic vitality and a passing veil of melancholy.

Čajkovskij had a very close bond with the United States. During his tour in 1891 he stated that “American life, the customs, habits, are quite original and interesting” and “the Americans are delicately discriminating” as regards art. He was pleasantly surprised to find out that his works were played more often in America than in Russia. He had noted that “at rehearsals, the musicians received me with great enthusiasm”. And this enthusiasm was more than justified in his magnificent Fifth Symphony; Čajkovskij was quite pleased to hear that is was regularly performed on American soil. The opening notes, carried by the clarinets accompanied by the strings, introduce the intimate and meditative atmosphere that pervades the entire work.

The winds provide emphasis and emotional engagement, their warm, expressive tones conveying Čajkovskij’s idea for his symphony: “total submission before fate”. Listen to the beautiful dialogue between the horn and the clarinet, then the oboe, then the bassoon, and finally with all the strings.

Čajkovskij loved Italy as much as he did North America. He visited Italy no fewer than nine times, and his letters and memoirs are filled with his love for this land. “The nature, climate, artistic wealth, and history of Italy that you encounter at every step all have an irresistible charm.” Čajkovskij’s Fifth Symphony is thus a very fitting culmination to this concert, a wonderful homage to Italian and European culture in North America. 



Iván Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of Berlin's Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester. From 2018 he will be the Artistic Director of the Vicenza Opera Festival. In recent years he has also gained reputation as a composer, with his works being performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Austria. 

Iván Fischer has directed a number of successful opera productions. His “staged concerts” have been performed in Budapest, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Bruges and in the Abu Dhabi and Edinburgh Festivals.

The BFO’s frequent worldwide tours, and a series of critically-acclaimed records released first by Philips Classics and later by Channel Classics, have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary music directors.

The Berlin Philharmonic has played more than ten times under Fischer’s baton, and he also spends two weeks every year with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is also a frequent guest of the leading US symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

As a Music Director, he has led the Kent Opera and the Opéra National de Lyon, and was Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. Many of his recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes.

He studied piano, violin, and later the cello and composition in Budapest, before continuing his education in Vienna and Salzburg where he studied conducting under Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Iván Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He has received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services in promoting international cultural relations. The government of the French Republic made him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was honored with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. In 2011 he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, Hungary’s Prima Primissima Prize and the Dutch Ovatie Prize. In 2013 he was accorded Honorary Membership to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2015, he was presented with the Abu Dhabi Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2016 he won the Association of Music Critics of Argentina’s award for Best Foreign Conductor.



Accademia Teatro alla Scala is one of the world's foremost institutions in training for the full range of performing arts professionals, from artists to technicians and managers.

Chaired by Alexander Pereira and managed by Luisa Vinci, the Academy boasts the finest instructors from Teatro alla Scala and the collaboration of preeminent experts in the field, all sharing the objective of transmitting the theatre’s inestimable cultural heritage and universally recognized artistic tradition to the coming generations. 

The curriculum comprises four departments – Music, Dance, Stage Workshops, Management – with some thirty courses and over one thousand six hundred students from every corner of the world: 800 students in professional courses and 800 in beginning courses, seminars and internships.

The teaching method is based on direct real-world experience, an intensive internship program, and "on-the-job" training: concerts, performances, exhibitions, and the Academy Project, an annual feature in the La Scala season program, constitute the proving grounds for all Accademia students both in and outside of Italy. 

The La Scala Academy Orchestra is currently the only institution providing training across the entire orchestra repertoire: symphonies, operas, and ballets. Under the guidance of acclaimed musicians and the first chairs of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, the two-year curriculum provides individual training in the chosen instrument and ensemble lessons in chamber music, orchestra sections, and full orchestra exercises.  

The Academy Orchestra performs at famous theatres, concert societies, and international festivals. The more notable venues include Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, La Fenice of Venice, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Teatro Bellini of Catania, the RAI Auditorium in Turin, the Ravello Festival, the Kissinger Sommer Festival and Wolfegger Festspiele. 

Over its history, the Orchestra has been led by a long list of preeminent conductors: Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Ádám Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Manfred Honeck, Roland Böer, Michele Mariotti, Gustavo Dudamel, Gianandrea Noseda, Stefano Ranzani, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, John Axelrod, Susanna Mälkki, Pietro Mianiti, Daniele Rustioni, David Coleman, Mikhail Tatarnikov, and Lorenzo Viotti. It has also accompanied soloists of the caliber of Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Alexei Volodin, Simon Trpčeski, David Fray, Olga Kern and Alessandro Taverna.



Data: Lun 22 Ott 2018

Orario: Dalle 20:00 alle 22:00

Organizzato da : Accademia Teatro Alla Scala

In collaborazione con : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero


University of Maryland