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Orchestra and Choir

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The Orchestra

The OrchestraThe Orchestra of the University of Milan, which is composed primarily of students and ex-students, was formally established in the spring of 2000, with the patronage of the Rector Paolo Mantegazza.
In addition to symphonies, the orchestra also performs chamber music. Concerts usually take place in the University’s Aula Magna (Auditorium).

In 2001, a DVD/CD was recorded at the Auditorium of Milan under the direction of Maestro Alessandro Crudele.

In 2003, the orchestra announced a national competition for young composers and, in July of the same year, recorded  In pace, in canto by Fabio Vacchi, for the soundtrack of Ermanno Olmi’s film Cantando dietro i paraventi.

On 1 June, 2004, on the occasion of the University’s 80th anniversary, the orchestra held a special concert in the prestigious Auditorium of Milan, which the following season became the second venue for its symphony concerts.

In January 2005, the orchestra visited Germany for a tour, sponsored by Cologne’s Italian Institute of Culture, which was received with extraordinary public and critical acclaim.

Since the 2005 season, chamber music concerts have been staged in collaboration with the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory of Milan.

During its six-year existence, numerous “first chair” players from the La Scala Orchestra have performed with the orchestra, as have many other musicians of international renown, such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Enrico Bronzi, Mario Brunello, Gerhard Oppitz, Vadim Repin, Fazil Say, Hubert Soudant, Andrea Tacchi and Milan Turkovic.

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The Choir

The ChoirThe Choir (Italian text) consists of approximately thirty people  - including students, professors, administrative staff and enthusiasts from outside the university. It is directed by Maestro Renzo Galimberti, and has performed a steady stream of concerts since it was established in 1990.

Over the years, the choir’s repertoire has steadily grown, incorporating everything from Gregorian pieces and 16th-century secular a cappella works to sacred works by classical authors.

In 1995, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation, the Choir performed at Milan’s La Scala Theatre, under the direction of Maestro Luciano Berio.

In 2000, the Choir visited Prague, where it performed Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589 in its entirety, accompanied by an ensemble of young musicians. Then, in 2001, it took part in a concert held at the Duomo of Milan as part of the celebrations dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi, performing his famous Requiem under the direction of Maestro Benaglia.

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