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With its magical fusion of heartfelt solemnity and devotion with theatrical drama and joyous melodies, some even argue that this work represents the summation of Rossini's art

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The Music Of Italy Comes To Life

The National Symphony Orchestra celebrate Italy and its great musical heritage during Unexpected Italy, a program featuring works by Liszt and Rossini. The evening kicks off with former's Dante Symphony - whilst Lizst may not be of Roman origin himself, the 1857 symphony was inspired by the Italian poet Dante's Divine Comedy and charts his fantastical journey through the nine circles in the soaring, high romantic era style. 

This is followed by a rousing rendition of Rossini's religious masterpiece The Stabat Mater. The ever popular piece brings together special guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda with guest soloists Erika Grimaldi, Chiara Amaru, Michele Angelini and Marko Mimica as well as the University of Maryland Concert Choir, the perfect ensemble to ascend the gloriously uplifting and theatrical heights of the work's passionate devotion, pious solemnity and heaven-shaking melodies. 

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Opening night: 16 May 2019

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