Folk Artists 2016People's Artist 2016
For the opening of the concert on January 6, the artist Giami Piacentile will present the Presepe vivente discarmato en discarmante series. On 5 and 6 January 2016, the Orchestra Popolare Italiena will exclusively present ChiaraStella, an original project by Ambrogio Sparagna, in its ninth edition dedicated to Christmas carols of the Italian tradition and performed in the Auditorium on Christmas 5th and 6th, 2016, in keeping with the original spirit with which these ancient carols were composed.
As in each edition, around twenty voices and instrumentalists from different regions will enliven the ensemble, accompanying a large folk choir of a hundred singers conducted by Anna Rita Colaianni. Special guests of this edition are the Banda Pilusa of Montecassino (a characteristic band with bagpipes and sweets and percussion instruments typical of the repertoire of traditional bands) and, in the edition of 6 January, the choir of students of the Istituto Comprensivo Giuseppe Giuliano of Latina.
The main theme of this ninth edition is the traditional songs that describe the figures typical of the old cribs. The gypsy, a figure traditionally capable of predicting the future, symbolically hiding a sign of misfortune and pain in the songs of the crib because she carries a basket of iron tools, metal with which the nails of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ were forged.
Another figure in the tradition of this kind of singing is the Virgin Stefania. This type of singing is a special place belonging to the sellers of the market, each of which is associated with a month of the year: January is represented by a butcher; February by the seller of cheese; March by the seller of birds; April by the seller of eggs; May is represented by a couple with a basket of cherries and fruits; June by the baker; July by the seller of tomatoes; August by the seller of watermelons; September by the seller of figs; October is the winegrower or hunter; November by the seller of chestnuts; December by the seller of figs; December by the seller of watermelons; September by the seller of figs; October is the winegrower or hunter; November by the seller of chestnuts; December by the seller of watermelons.
This parade of characters, proposed in both narrative and sung form in the show, ends with songs about the Three Kings.