Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums Announce Series of Concerts, Included in Entrance Ticket, from May to October 2024

Hence, the Museums confirm and consolidate a cultural initiative that for several years has regarded the visual and musical arts as protagonists and sisters

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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 30.04.2024).- Music returns to the Vatican Museums. From May 3 to October 25 the “Musica ai Musei” series of concerts takes off, which will include even musical events offered to the public in the Pope’s Museums, within the framework of the expanded opening of Fridays (the last entrance is at 6:00 pm, and closing is at 8:00 pm). All the concerts are free and included in the entrance price. Beginning at 6:00 pm, they will have two exceptional settings: the magnificent corridor of the Braccio Nuovo [New Arm], for the opening and closing of the season, and the splendid and little known Gallery of Statues of the Pius Clementine Museum, for all the other performances.

Hence, the Museums confirm and consolidate a cultural initiative that for several years has regarded the visual and musical arts as protagonists and sisters. As in previous editions, the young excellences of the Italian Conservatories and of the International Academies of Higher Learning (IAHL), in collaboration with the Italian National Music Committee  (INMC), will have the opportunity to measure themselves in a unique setting for its visibility and beauty.

Musical and choral excellences of the whole Peninsula will perform live, among some of the principal master works of classical statuary of Modena, Imola, Terni, Pinerolo, Sassari, Naples, Castelfranco Veneto and Sienna.

“To allow people to visit the works of the Vatican Museums, to admire their beauty and singularity, and to listen to a concert of classical music, at the end of the course, is the formula that we repeat again this year, thanks to the consolidated synergy that we have found and reinforced over time with the INMC since 2015. The success and the public’s appreciation, not only Italian but also foreign, has given us the strength and conviction to organize the event for the seventh time with great enthusiasm,” said Barbara Jatta, the Museums’ Directress.

“It’s an honour for the INMC to be able to continue this collaboration given the peculiarity and exceptionality of the place where our musicians will perform and because it enables us to offer our artists — who this year will all be Italians –, the opportunity to perform before a reduced but select public in an absolutely exclusive enclosure,” added the INMC’s Vice-President and IAHL’s President, Francescantonio Pollice.

The musical proposal of the opening and closing days of the season will be double and very suggestive: in them will perform jointly inside the “Braccio Nuovo,” the “Musical Band of the Gendarmerie’s Corps” with the “Musical Band of the Air Force “ (Friday, May 3) and with the “Musical Band of the Navy” (Friday, October 25).

The musicians of the Vatican Band will be protagonists again in the Polo Museale of Castel Gandolfo, of the concert for brass ensemble, which will be held exceptionally in the Papal Palace on Sunday, September 29 at 5:00 pm, on the occasion of the Feast of the Archangels.

Not only art and history, but also amusement and, why not, a toast in the “Pine Cone Courtyard” Website

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