There is a place in Rome hosting every kind of art: music, cinema, art and theatre, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica
The Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome is a multi-functional area where culture takes place in all its forms: music, theatre, cinema, and exhibitions. Three rooms, and open-air amphitheatre, recording and exhibition rooms, where to regenerate the soul of adults and children, bars, restaurants, and shops. As Renzo Piano - the author of the project - said: "The Auditorium of Rome is not just an Auditorium but a real city of the music". The Auditorium is the paradise of the arts.
Auditorium Parco della Musica: its history
The Auditorium Parco della Musica is the largest urban and cultural building has been made in the capital since the 60s. In 1993, the Municipality of Rome ordered an announcement to re-qualify the abandoned area, situated between the Villaggio Olimpico and Parioli district, a few minutes from the city centre, creating the new Auditorium. The architect Renzo Piano won the competition, but the realisation of the work was more difficult than expected, because of some archaeological remains of and bureaucratic problems. It was finally completed in 2002, when the inauguration of Petrassi, Sinopoli and Santa Cecilia rooms took place.
The sophisticated musical architecture is the home of all the arts, and it can satisfy different audiences, because it combines quality, culture and entertainment. Currently, the Auditorium Parco della Musica is managed by the Musica per Roma Foundation, and it is site of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, the rooms and the Cavea
The "harmonic speakers" are three: the Petrassi, Sinopoli and the Santa Cecilia rooms, - the latter is the largest one. They represent three are suspended on a stage more than 38000 square metres. In the middle, there is the Cavea, named to master Luciano Berio. The scenic Santa Cecilia Concert Hall counts 2,744 people, and it is one of the largest in Europe. The ceiling is made of 26 cherry tree wood shells, used to cover the audience and part of the galleries.
The acoustics is designed for a large orchestra large choir, for operas and concerts of holy and contemporary music. The Sinopoli room - dedicated to the composer and conductor with the same name - has 1.123 seats, and it has a structure able to ensure perfect acoustics and visibility. It stands out for its elegance and dimensions. It is used for meetings and conventions.
The walls of the room are covered by American cherry wood, and the galleries are made of sandblasted brick. Fabric curtains modulate the acoustics of the Sinopoli's. The Petrassi room - to pay homage to the composer Petrassi - counts 673 seats, and is extremely versatile. It can host Music, movies, poetry, dance, and conferences. The walls that define the scene are tilting and so the areas of the stage can be changed.
The Cavea is the heart of the Auditorium, because it has a double task: it is a real square, so a meeting point, and an amphitheatre for open-air shows. Inspired by the ancient amphitheatres, it has a hemicycle structure, where the lower part is made of marble and it is the entrance to the foyers, and the upper part is made of big steps. The square is versatile, because it acts as a large exhibition area or arena that can host about 3,000 people. The acoustics is just exceptional.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Teatro Studio Borgna
The theatre takes the name by Gianni Borgna, the intellectual, president of the Musica per Roma foundation, and council member of cultural politics in Rome. The Studio Theatre is a multi-functional area with 300 seats.
The shape is regular and welcomes concerts, cinema, music and literature. The walls are made of cherry tree wood, perfect for acoustics, but there are also floating panels and acoustic sound-absorbing curtains able to modulate the sound, depending on the show. In addition to the three wonderful rooms and the theatre, there are other spaces dedicated to recording and rehearsals.
Auditorium Parco della Musica: the foyer
The impressive foyer connects the main structures and it is situated along a 150-metres ring lighted by 20 installations, created by the artist Maurizio Nannucci. It respects the versatility of the whole structure, because it is able to host exhibitions, great musical and artistic performances.
From the foyer, you get to the precious archaeological museum, where you can admire the remains of the ancient Roman residence, discovered during excavations. In addition, it allows the entrance to the "Giuseppe Sinopoli" Museum and to the "Musical Instruments Museum of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia". In the heart of the foyer, there is the special guests and international personalities’ room. It was designed to be completely independent, so it has a bar, a coatroom, and a lift connected to the Sinopoli room.
Auditorium Parco della Musica: the park
The building is situated on a 38000 square metres surface, in a park built as a half moon, made of trees: olive trees, oaks, pines, holm oaks, tilias, and ivies. You can enjoy the green space sitting on the several benches or on the low stone walls.
There is also a playground for children and a famous organic vegetable garden. The "Valerio Daniel de Simoni" initiative wants to promote biodiversity, and to share the importance of local products, together with a sustainable agriculture. You can visit it every day (from 11am to 6pm), and it is divided into six large beds of earth.
Auditorium Park of Music, the Bibliomediateca
The Bibliomediateca is a culture jewel. It is a normal library, but it also has multimedia seats to listen to digital documents, and it allows you to buy books, CDs, and DVDs. You can read and study books, scores, manuscripts, newspapers, pictures, recordings, and other materials of the historical musical heritage of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. The historical archives store more than 20000 documents about the Prestigious Academy, founded in 1651.
Auditorium Park of Music, guided tours
The staff leads visitors discovering the Auditorium Parco della Musica. You will be able to discover the history, the architecture, the acoustics and the cultural importance of Renzo Piano's masterpiece. The guided tour includes the three main rooms, the Cavea, the Foyer, and also the Parco Pensile. The tours are offered in Italian, but you can also book tours in other languages in advance. There is the possibility to book specific tours, too.
The Musica per Roma Foundation and the Ared Association plan courses exclusively reserved to architects, engineers and students. Please, be aware that because of technical or artistic reasons, access is permitted to only a part of the structure, or you the tour could be cancelled. For information about timetables and reservations, you can contact the following telephone number: +39 0680241281 or email: email@example.com. Due to the location of the Auditorium, it will be easy to find any kind of hotel nearby.
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