23 June – Sunday 10 November 2013

The world’s leading conductors bring classical masterpieces to cinematic life in these unique programs from Europe’s premier symphony.

MusicEmotion transports audiences to the glorious Teatro Alla Scala in Milan for an Old World musical experience in high definition. Each program captures the nuances of the Filarmonica Della Scala, its conductors and soloists. Directors Francesco Micheli and Joelle Williams go behind the scenes, interviewing the artists, and introducing each concert from places associated with the lives of the composers.


Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

  • 11:30am: Program 1: Verdi

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Program 2: Bobby McFerrin conducts an eclectic mix

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

  • 12:00pm: Program 3: Daniel Harding conducts Wagner

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

  • 12:00pm: Program 4: Georges Pretre Conducts Francks Symphony in D Minor


Tickets are $10.


  • Sun 23 Jun 2013, 11:30am

Program 1: Verdi (2013)

starring Igor Morosow, Bruno Ribeiro, Simon Yang, Gabriella Morigi, Elisabeth Kulman

Riccardo Chailly conducting:

  • Nabucco, Overture
  • Giovanna d’Arco, Overture
  • Jérusalem, Introduction, Airs de ballet
  • Les Vêpres siciliennes, Overture
  • Les Vêpres siciliennes, Les Saisons, Dances

Italian Symphony hits the big screen in the vibrant MusicEmotion programs.

These Symphony-on-Film productions, all filmed at Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala, feature world-renowned conductors leading performances of masterpieces by Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Bernstein and others. The camera weaves through the Filarmonica Della Scala, bringing the nuances of the performers to life. The event is given context with backstage interviews, quick introductions of the composers¹ lives, and anecdotes on the creation of the works. An Old World musical experience presented in High Definition!

  • Sun 11 Aug 2013, 11:30am

Program 2: Bobby McFerrin conducts an eclectic mix (2013)

  • Leonard Bernstein, Candide, Overture
  • Gabriel Fauré, Pavane op.50
  • Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531
  • Bobby McFerrin, Solo Improvisations
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Symphony no.4 op.90 Italiana

The dialogue with jazz and other forms of musical at La Scala has been sporadic, but always of the highest quality: for example, the concerts by Keith Jarrett, Bobby McFerrin and Stefano Bollani in 2012.

McFerrin’s career — marked by collaborations with the jazz and pop greats, 10 Grammy Awards and sales over 20 million records — took an unexpected turn after the worldwide success of the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Bobby studied conducting (including with Leonard Bernstein) and worked with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Wiener Philharmoniker. At La Scala, Bobby conducted the orchestra, but also sang the part of the second violoncello in a concert of Vivaldi’s music and also improvised, inviting the orchestra and the audience to join him in a decidedly unusual musical experience.

  • Sun 20 Oct 2013, 12:00pm

Program 3: Daniel Harding conducts Wagner (2013)

Daniel Harding, awarded the Premio Abbiati by Italian music critics as best conductor of 2011, celebrates Wagner’s centenary with the Prelude and Death of Isolde, the symphonic piece with which Wagner introduced Tristan und Isolde in concert halls while he was still struggling to have it performed in theatres. The programme opens with Mozart’s sublime Masonic Funeral March, while Ein Heldenleben continues the Straussian journey Harding began with Vier Letzte Lieder in 2007 and continued with the memorable performance of Eine Alpensinfonie in 2011. Ein Heldenleben is an occasion of particular importance for first violin Francesco De Angelis, who is entrusted with a challenging solo part. De Angelis plays the Maréchal Berthier Stradivarius “ex Napoleon” of 1716, made available by the Pro Canale Foundation.

Conductor Daniel Harding
143 minutes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurerische Trauermusik
Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel und Liebestod
Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben

  • Sun 10 Nov 2013, 12:00pm

Program 4: Georges Pretre Conducts Francks Symphony in D Minor (2011)

“It’s never just one way”, explains Georges Prêtre before the concert broadcast (recorded in 2011) when the orchestra’s musicians made him an honorary life member. “I have a special rapport with the Filarmonica: I ask and they always respond. I am a pianist but the orchestra is the most extraordinary instrument: an instrument made up of a hundred artists.” The first part of the programme includes Franck’s Symphony in D minor, a natural piece for Prêtre, undoubtedly the most authoritative interpreter of traditional French music today. It is followed by the symphonic poems of Ottorino Respigh, Fontane di Roma and Pini di Roma, the most popular Italian symphonic pieces because of their cinematographic descriptive qualities combined with spectacular orchestral virtuosity.

Conductor Georges Prêtre
145 minutes
César Franck, Symphony in D minor
Ottorino Respighi, Fontane di Roma
Ottorino Respighi, Pini di Roma

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