On the Mountain Top
GIUSEPPE PENNISI was at the opening concert
of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's new season
The National Academy of Santa Cecilia was established in 1585 in Rome as a private 'congregation' of musicians. It gradually became a Pontifical Academy (1830). Its symphony orchestra dates back to 1895 even if a complete formation was possible only in 1908 when the concerts were transferred to the huge Augusteo Auditorium. Just a few weeks ago, the Academy (and La Scala Opera House in Milan) were decreed by the Italian Government as 'special cultural institutions'; this implies, among other things, three years of rolling subsidies and thus easier programming...
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