The audience can listen or take part in the dances with the artists of Il Teatro della Memoria
The 24th edition of the concert series Musica & Musica, organized by the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio, features in its section Suoni Nel Tempo a program of dance music with the Orchestra da Ballo de Il Teatro della Memoria, an ensemble led by Andrea Toschi and specialized in the performance – supported by research on the original arrangements – of the typical Salon Orchestra repertory.
The concert – that will be held at the Testaccio Ex-Slaughterhouse on Sunday April 22nd after being posponed because of the heavy snowfall on February 3rd – will present some of the compositions that obtained greatest popularity in U.S. ballrooms during the 19th Century, as attested by dance manuals and instrumental editions that survive in American libraries. The program features composers such as Arthur Sullivan, Scott Joplin and John Philipp Sousa besides other less known but likewise meaningful artists. The orchestra – a «variable geometry» ensemble ranging from four to twelve instruments – will appear in a basic formation with Fabio Consiglio (violin), Yvonne Fisher (clarinet), Paolo Tagliapietra (pianoforte) and Andrea Toschi (bassoon).
On this occasion a special musical afternoon will be offered: everybody in the house – including those without previous dance experience – will have an opportunity to join the dances and learn the steps under the guidance of Paolo di Segni and Claudia Celi.
April 22nd, 2012 – 7.00PM – Sala Concerti SPMT
Ex Mattatoio di Testaccio – Piazza Giustiniani 4a – Roma (Italy)