The concert

On Wednesday, 4th May, 2016, Giovanni Allevi directed the world premiere of his sacred cantata "Sotto lo stesso cielo (Under the same sky)" for choir and orchestra, in a special concert held at the Auditorium of Milan for the launch of the Arts of Italy project, bringing to the stage over 100 musicians. Director and Maestro Giovanni Allevi, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, the Coro dell’Opera of Parma. Music by G. Allevi, J.S. Bach, C. Orff.

Sotto lo stesso cielo (Under the same sky)

Sacred cantata "Sotto lo stesso cielo" (Under the same sky)

"Sotto lo stesso cielo" is a sacred cantata by Giovanni Allevi, composed for 4 lyrical solo voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and a 4 voice polyphonic choir and symphony orchestra.

"Sotto lo stesso cielo" is a sacred cantata by Giovanni Allevi, composed for 4 lyrical solo voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and a 4 voice polyphonic choir and symphony orchestra.
The title of the composition originates from the writings by the Jesuit monk Father Matteo Ricci, the first Italian to be welcomed to the court of China in the early 1600; in his diaries he uses the phrase "under the same sky" to point out how the sky can embrace cultures and populations which are so different and so far apart.

The figure of Matteo Ricci becomes strikingly topical; in an era marked by dramatic divisions, it is important to recover a truly international and cosmopolitan ideal.

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The original text of the composition was written by Giovanni Allevi, freely inspired by the Jesuit’s thoughts.
As for the original music, its language develops around the dialogue and the comparison between two very distant worlds of sound: the interweaving contrapuntal voices, a symbol of European classical tradition, and the melody based on the Chinese pentatonic scale, which represents the ancient Oriental culture. The whole is imbued with an exquisitely contemporary rhythm.

The complete score of "Sotto lo stesso cielo", still unpublished and never performed, was officially handed over to His Holiness Pope Ratzinger Benedict XVI, during the opening ceremony for the beatification of Father Matteo Ricci, which took place in the Sala Nervi of the Vatican in May 2010.

The first concert, assigned to the composer Giovanni Allevi himself as director, will involve four soloists on stage: Silvia Pantani - soprano, Laura Brioli - alto, Federico Bulletti - tenor, Simone Simoni - bass, the Opera Choir of Parma and the Italian Symphony Orchestra, totalling more than 100 musicians.

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The Soloists

The first concert, assigned to the composer Giovanni Allevi himself
as director, will involve four soloists on stage.

Laura Brioli

Mezzo-soprano

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Federico Bulletti

Tenor

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Silvia Pantani

Soprano

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Simone Simoni

Bass

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Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana

The Italian Symphony Orchestra was established within the Orchestra Sinfonica of Massa Carrara thanks to the fusion of the classical and lyrical experiences of some of the best Italian instrumentalists from major national theatres, including the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Toscanini Foundation of Parma. Thanks to its involvement in many projects, the Italian Symphony Orchestra demonstrates an extraordinary versatility and knowledge of languages and different structures other than classical ones, in addition to a considerable experience in amplified live playing.
 
The Italian Symphony Orchestra is characterised by its ability to grapple both classical and contemporary music with great skill. Among the major projects in which it has participated with Maestro Giovanni Allevi, we can cite the opening concert of the Celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, as well as the concert for Europe promoted by the Department of European Affairs.

Coro dell'Opera di Parma

Picking up the baton of the city’s secular choral tradition, the Opera Choir of Parma originated from the need to create a group to bring together choir artists with an excellent musical training and, at the same time, an extraordinary ability to take the stage. The choir is characterised by the marked flexibility of its components, numbering from thirty to ninety for the great symphonic repertoire. The repertoire includes the major nineteenth-century works including those in original language and some of the most important productions from the symphonic repertoire. The choir has had and still has many maestri directing the various productions: Emiliano Esposito, Fabrizio Cassi and Martin Faggiani.

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