Concert beamed live to cinemas

Rafal Blechacz. Copyright Felix Broede and Deutsche Grammophon

Rafal Blechacz. Copyright Felix Broede and Deutsche Grammophon

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The fourth and final instalment of the Filarmonica della Scala series of concerts comes live via satellite to Crawley Cineworld and Picturehouse Uckfield on May 21 to celebrate the Filarmonica’s 30th birthday.

In association with Nexo Digital, XDC Entertainment is distributing the broadcast live in HD.

This programme has a more traditional flavour than the previous three, employing the considerable talents of conductor Fabio Luisi, recently appointed as the new Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and award-winning pianist, Polish virtuoso Rafal Blechacz, with a programme featuring the works of Beethoven, Gabrieli, Casella and Respighi.

Pianist Rafal Blechacz has achieved much in 27 years; in 2005. he became the sole recipient of all five first prizes at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, taking First Prize and the polonaise, mazurka, sonata, and concerto prizes.

This competition runs once every 5 years. One of the judges added that he ‘so outclassed the remaining finalists that no second prize could actually be awarded’. Irish pianist John O’Conor also judging on the panel said of Blechacz: “He is one of the greatest artists I have had a chance to hear in my entire life,”

The Filarmonica della Scala has embraced its 30th anniversary by celebrating classical music at its best, showcasing the best young talent in the world, all in high definition, all live.

Audiences have been continually delighted and have said of the previous concerts in the season: “A great opportunity to feel part of the ‘Scala audience’ without actually being there or paying the same ticket prices. It was a fantastic concert. All in all a good experience and the musicians were simply outstanding.”

“This was my first venture into the world of live broadcasts on screen. The broadcast was engaging and enjoyable. I found the whole experience good and will definitely return”.

“I thought the live recording was excellent and as usual very good value for money. More please.”

The programme will also include extensive behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews conducted by renowned opera director Francesco Micheli, all live in HD.

XDC Entertainment’s Vice President Fabrice Testa said, “This series of anniversary concerts has been a fantastic project to work on; we’ve enjoyed collaborating with our friends at Nexo Digital and bringing the very best in classical music live to audiences in XDC’s extensive network of cinemas.”

Frank Smith, XDC Entertainment Sales Manager, added, “This final concert will showcase the considerable talents of Rafal Blechacz to wider audiences in HD and in 5.1 surround sound, and our Polish cinemas in particular are delighted to see him on the big screen all over Europe for the first time.”

To book tickets for Cineworld, please go to www.cineworld.co.uk or call 0871 200 2000.

For Picturehouse Uckfield, go to www.picturehouseuckfield.com or call 01825 764909.

Programme starts 6.45pm.

For full programme details and a full list of participating cinemas across the UK and Europe, please go to www.filarmonica.it

This initiative is produced by Musicom.it, distributed by Nexo Digital and XDC Entertainment and supported by UniCredit, the Main Partner of the ‘Filarmonica della Scala’.