The Maggio Musical in Florence faces closure within days unless a solution can be found to its financial and organisational chaos (you can read a good backgroiund report here). Zubin Mehta, its music director, has gone on air appealing to the world to save this cultural gem. Today, Claudio Abbado joined his appeal.
Florence, Monday, April 29, 2013
Maestro Claudio Abbado will conduct his concert, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 for free.
“The Maestro Claudio Abbado has informed me that he will conduct for free his concert on May 4 in the Teatro Comunale as a sign of solidarity and friendship with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
In this difficult time, I consider the act of Maestro Abbado a concrete sign of support that contributes to the objective of saving cultural institutions as important as ours.
The decision of Claudio Abbado is a stimulus for everyone —even those with different roles and responsibilities— to join forces to ensure that the Maggio continues to play the vital role it has been playing in the cultural life of the country.
On behalf of the artistic people, workers of the theater, and myself, I express deep appreciation and gratitude to Maestro Abbado for his sensitivity and the support that he offers.”
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:00pm
Claudio Abbado conducts
Soprano Juliane Banse
Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Richard Wagner, Tannhäuser Overture
Giuseppe Verdi, Te Deum for double chorus and orchestra
Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 1