Music for Europe
A company, like an individual, can serve to satisfy passions and a hunger for culture. In 2008, in Italy alone, more than 10,000 colleagues chose to share in the art events promoted by UniCredit Group, and 16,000 colleagues participated in musical events, responding to offers publicized on the company's intranet portal. Europe at large is heavily invested in music and the Group's commitment in the field has always been strong.
The Group promotes music in all its forms of expression - great orchestras, the music of high culture, and the cross-pollinations of 20th century idioms that include pop, jazz, rock and movie soundtracks. In Italy, the Group supports the Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, the Arena di Verona and the Orchestra Filarmonica del '900 of Teatro Regio in Turin. In addition to funding the regular concert seasons, the Group has promoted special performances across Europe, conducted by Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Chailly and Myung-Whun Chung. We are also a promoter of the first tour of the Philharmonic Orchestra through the United States and Canada, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
UniCredit Group serves as one of the points of sale for TicketOne, a service that facilitates easy ticket booking for concerts and shows across Italy. In 2008 alone, more than one-million tickets were issued through this effective service.
In Germany, HVB promotes regional events, including the Festspiele in Rheingau, Passau and Würzburg, as well as the Richard Strauss Festival. This is in addition to its support of important festivals in Bayreuth, Munich and Salzburg. Similarly, such HVB projects as its annual concert with the European Youth Orchestra, the international Opera Competition, the training of young performers at the Opera Academy of Gut Immling and, for more than 25 years, the "Jugend Kulturell" program, all share a common European imprint.
Bank Austria is also strongly committed to youth and the arts, as reflected by its 35-year collaboration with Jeunesse, an Austrian institution promoting concerts among young audiences. In 2006, Bank Austria launched the "Artist of the Year" award, aimed at promising young musicians and composers. With the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the bank initiated a specialization course for young violinists at Trenta, in Slovenia, renowned as a training center for elite musicians from the world's best orchestras. Some of its graduates have become members of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Vienna Musikverein on April 28, Daniel Barenboim will lead a concert supported by Bank Austria with the Staatskapelle Berlin.
In Italy, on March 30, at the Teatro alla Scala, the Filarmonica della Scala performed a concert conducted by Semyon Bychkov; on April 27, Teatro Regio in Turin will host a performance by the Filarmonica del '900 (Jan Latham Koenig, conductor; Russell Braun, baritone; Andrea Manco, flute) of André Jolivet's Concerto for flute and Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.
Other dates will follow for Filarmonica della Scala, including a concert on May 4 with Gustavo Dudamel (Ana Maria Martinez, soprano; F. Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 "Italiana"; G. Mahler, Symphony No. 4 in G major); a concert on May 18 with Andrey Boreyko (Piotr Anderszeweski, piano; M. I. Glinka, Ruslan and Ludmilla overture; L. van Beethoven, Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra; D. Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5); a concert on May 31 with Valery Gergiev (P. Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5; M. Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition). The great conductors of Teatro alla Scala will also travel on temporary assignment, including Daniele Gatti's upcoming performance in Istanbul on June 20.
In June, amidst its beautiful setting, the Arena di Verona will host Carmen on the 15th, Aida on the 20th and Turandot on the 26th.
In addition to classical music, we also engage with other musical disciplines, as in the case of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, the Group's "House of Culture" in Milan. It hosts every imaginable expression of creativity according to the open-minded conception of Maestro Arnaldo himself.
Taking place in this unique venue's stunning setting - an important example of repurposed industrial architecture - is "Thursdays with the Foundation." This regular event provides the public with an opportunity for experimentation and cross-disciplinary experiences. This past March 5, the agenda included Parla Persefone, a "melologue" based on an unpublished text by Aldo Nove and set to music by Fabio Vacchi.
Thanks to UniCredit Group, the Archivio Stereofonico RAI, the most important Italian music foundation, has been brought back to life. A collaboration between Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) and UniCredit Private Banking gave birth to a project for the restoration of the RAI tape library, a unique collection including roughly 40,000 tapes documenting the activities of RAI's four orchestras and three choruses up until 1994 and RAI's Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale from 1994 onwards. This important project is due to the efforts of RAI Teche and its director, Barbara Scaramucci, who promoted the digitalization, restoration and archiving of the collection, and to the support of UniCredit Private Banking, which works to promote the country's entrepreneurial, cultural and historical development.
The RAI tape library was established in the late 1950s, with the introduction and adoption of stereo sound technology, and it includes the original recordings of most of the musical performances broadcast by the company. These recordings possess great cultural significance, particularly considering that the RAI archives span a rich era in the history of symphonic interpretation and capture the musical heritage of Italian radio and TV. All major orchestral conductors, with a few exceptions, have performed on the podium of the RAI orchestra, leaving a unique testament of their artistry.
(picture : Jugend Kulturell HypoVereinsbank - UniCredit Group, Munich)
Filarmonica della Scala of Milan : www.filarmonica.it
Arena di Verona : www.arena.it
Orchestra Filarmonica del 900 of Teatro Regio, Turin :www.teatroregio.torino.it
Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro : www.fondazionearnaldopomodoro.it