A musical week-end at the Museum of Reggio Calabria

 The practice of mixing different cultural elements together bears its fruits on two different levels, as it is guaranteed to attract many different kinds of audience, while creating new forms of art or giving the old ones a new lease of life. These also are the two main objectives of Mumex, the first take on a new project co-promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Department of Cohesion and Development from which the Museums of Southern Italy depend.

Among them is the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, which will be hosting an event called MusicaXMusei (Museum Music) from Nov. 26th to 29th. During those days, the museum offering to its visitors will include musical performances organized in collaboration with the National Academy of Saint Cecilia.

The underlying logic of setting up such events at museums and other archaeological sites in the South of Italy is to enrich the cultural offering of the chosen venues in order to sustain economic and social development in the hosting areas. Therefore the choice of Invitalia to carry out the project, a leading name in national investment advising and business development, is not just a random pick.

The November 29th programme at the Museum of Reggio is one of international significance. Besides admiring the two Bronzes of Riace, visitors will have the chance of listening to the musical performances of two soloists from the National Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome. The two players are Andrea Oliva at the flute and Cinzia Maurino at the harp, who will play music by Ravel, Debussy, Jolivet, Saint – Saens. Six times a day during the previous dates, a group of young students from the Francesco Cilea Conservatory (Reggio Calabria) selected by a panel from the Academy of Saint Cecilia will cheer their audience playing a selection of scores for harp and flute by renowned Italian composer Nino Rota.

Despite their highly contemporary style, the musical events on the programme will doubtless be in keeping with the atmosphere engendered by the classical Greek sculptures on display at the Museum: not only the Bronzes of Riace, but also a vast collection of other items dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries.

Besides involving Calabria, this project supported by the CIPE (Inter-ministry Committee for Economic Planning) is addressed to museums and archaeological sites in Abruzzo, Campania, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia, Sicily.

While being open to all kinds of audience, this culturally prestigious event is especially designed to fill the week-end of all those people who are busy during the rest of the week with refreshing music and art.

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