Auditorium Parco della Musica

Conducting Change: Gustavo Dudamel In Rome

26_SCI_Dudamel_0Do you know Gustavo Dudamel? If you don’t, will fill you in.

Gustavo was born in Venezuela where two factors put him early on the track for musical success: the first was his parents who were both musicians, the second was El Sistema, an internationally acclaimed Venezuelan network created to scout and develop young musical talent.

Gustavo took up violin from an early age and then composition and conducting. In 2004 he was awarded the Gustav Mahler conducting prize and soon and began to appear alongside some of the most important conductors, like Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

Dudamel has became a symbol of Venezuela, but also of Latin American talent, and is one of the few young faces in a world dominated by mature men who represent older musical traditions.

Gustavo will be conducting a program centered on Schumann with the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia the 15, 17 and 18 June 2013: a great opportunity to check the fresh take Gustavo has on classical music.

The concert will take place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, that can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel in Rome: take the red subway line from Termini and get off at Flaminio, then take tram number 2 and get off at the stop Apollodoro.

The Auditorium Parco della Musica


One of my favorite venues for Concerts in Rome is the Auditorium Parco della Musica. They present performers who represent the best of different music styles: classical music, jazz, latin music and electronic music as well.

But the Auditorium is an attraction well worth seeing by itself. It was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and is structured in 3 beetle-shaped units that function as independent music halls. The complex includes also a bookshop, a bar and a restaurant, making it the ideal spot for a lovely evening before or after a concert.

To reach the Auditorium from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Flaminio, from there take the tram 2 and get off at the station Apollodoro.
Enjoy the music and don’t fotget to write us to get the best rate for accommodation in Rome– don’t forget to claim your discount as a reader of our blog!

Joan Baez

Joan Chandos Baez, born January 9, 1941, is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace and environmental justice. She has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Her recoeding career began in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, andJoan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts for two years.220px-Joan_baez01

Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.

She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.

This year, Friday 06 July, she will perform here in the eternal city of Rome in the Auditorium Parco Della Musica. It is sure to be a spectacular performance so make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity. And remember to contact us at Hotel Des Artistes for more information and some great deals on accomodation.

Thanks for reading, Liam.

Keith Jarrett in Rome

Our Blogger: Raul

-Next July pianist Keith Jarrett and his legendary trio (Jarrett, plus Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette) will visit the Eternal City: an occassion not to be missed for those who love great music.


When you think of the European jazz capitals of the world, Paris and Amsterdam come immmediatly to mind. But every summer Rome hosts a number of increasingly important jazz events that reveal the growing interest of Italian audiences in improvised music.

Slowly the Eternal City is gaining cachet as a jazz city and this status will be crowned next July with the visit of Keith Jarrett, probably the most talented and well-known jazz musician alive.

Jarrett started his career with the George Lloyd quartet and then jumped to public notoriety through his performances with Miles Davis. Jarrett can be seen as the substitute leading figure in the jazz world after Davis’ dismissal. Jarrett brought jazz back to its acoustic roots after a period of electric experimentation renewing in the process the American songbook with new renditions of jazz standards. Besides his song performances, Jarret is also widely acclaimed for his ability to create long improvisations on which jazz, classical musical and even folk and gospel music blend in an omogeneous and usually astonishingly beautiful result.


But not everything is milk and honey with Jarret, as Italian audiences attending the Perugia Jazz Festival a few years ago can confirm. On that occasion Jarrett snipped at the public after what he thought was a misrespect on their side: in fact, the musician finds the slightest sounds from the audience, as coughs or whispers to be highly distracting and has no qualms about letting the audience know how he feels. In fact the organizers of his concert hand cough drops to the public before every performance.

If you will find yourself in Rome during July this is a great opportunity to attend a concert of magnificent music. At Yes Hotel and Hotel Des Artistes we are at your disposition for all your accomodation needs in Rome.

In Short

When: 18 July, 2010
Where: Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale Pietro Coubertin, Rome
How to get there: From the station Termini, take the bus 910 or M (available only the days on which concerts are being held)
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Be happy in Rome with Bobby McFerrin

Our Blogger: Angelo

bobbyBobby McFerrin is  one of the greatest performers of vocal jazz. He is a vocalist improviser, conductor and a passionate spokesman of music culture. Thanks to his enthusiasm for music he has achieved success in classical music as well: he has had success as director of many orchestras in New York and Washington. His background and talent allow him to use his voice as an instrument, creating impressive effects that are part and parcel of Bobby’s strinkingly individual aproach to music.

Bobby is a myth among connoiseurs and jazz fans, and is well-known to the mainstream audicence because of the success of his greatest hit: the iconic Don’t Worry, Be Happy for which he has been awarded numerous times.

For those who would like to live an incredible evening don’t think it twice: assist to this unforgettable concert full of surprising music at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica, located only minutes away from Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel.

Where: Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Viale Pierre di Coubertin, Rome
When: May 20th,2010
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