13, 14 June.
Multitalented Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani joins the internationally acclaimed conductor Daniel Harding and the Orchestra and Choir of S. Cecilia in a programme dedicated to Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel. Bollani, who possesses a light touch and an uncommon fluidity of ideas, has shot to mass popularity after a television show during which he tinkled the piano and chatted about music. And although in New York he's been dubbed the Roberto Benigni of jazz, Bollani is a very serious musician who treats music as something to be celebrated with joyful abandon. A restless curiosity is one of his main characteristics and he continues to collaborate with jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava when not leading his Danish trio or Italian quartet. But just as easily he can be found playing the music of the Gershwins with a symphony orchestra, rearranging his own music with a Big Band or interpreting the music of Frank Zappa.
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Stefano Bollani Plays Ravel
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. de Coubertin. For information and booking tel. 068082058, www.santacecilia.it.