At the Old Port of Trieste there is a “place of memory” that is particularly touching. It tells of an enormously painful page in the history of Italy, a complex event from our twentieth century that is not known well enough. It is even more heartbreaking because this “memory” is entrusted not to an imposing monument or to an impressive collection of documents, but to many small, humble, testimonies that belong to everyday situations.
A chair, stacked up with many others, bears a name, initials, a number, and the words “Exodus Service”.
Similarly catalogued are a wardrobe, and then mattresses, beds, crockery, photographs, simple toys, other objects, other numbers, other names… Common objects that accompanied the passage of so many lives: a passage abruptly interrupted by History, by the exodus.
With the peace treaty of 1947 Italy lost vast areas of Istria and the coastal strip, and nearly 350,000 people – faced with an intricate situation fraught with danger – chose to leave the land of their birth, which became Yugoslavia, and continue their lives in Italy. It is not easy to be able to really imagine what their state of mind was, with what suffering entire families packed up all their few belongings and left behind their cities, their homes, their roots. In front of them lay only difficulty, poverty, insecurity, and often suspicion.
Simone Cristicchi was impressed by this rarely opened chapter of our history, and decided to retrace it in a text that takes its title from that place in the Old Port of Trieste, where the exiles – homeless and often about to face long periods in refugee camps or exhausting journeys to far away corners of the world – left their belongings, waiting to be able to collect them again in the future: Magazzino 18 (Warehouse 18).
Assisted in the writing by Jan Bernas and directed by the expert hand of Antonio Calenda, Cristicchi will start from those very private objects, still preserved at the Port of Trieste, in order to bring to light every life that is hidden there: he will narrate the stories frankly and will pass from one to another, changing vocal registers, costumes, musical atmosphere, in a koiné of languages that transfigures the historical reportage into a new form, that perhaps can be defined as “Civil Musical”.
It will also evoke the difficult plight of Italians who “remained” in those lands, or the onerous situation of the Monfalcone factory workers who decided to go to Yugoslavia, or of the prisoners of the communist concentration camp of Goli Otok…
The show will be punctuated by unpublished songs and music by Simone Cristicchi, performed live.
The Mitteleuropa Orchestra, which has its roots in the musical tradition of the area of central and southern Europe, is the product of many decades of orchestral experience. In the early 2000s it found its institutional place thanks to the intervention of the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the support of the Municipalities and Provinces of the Region.
It currently boasts 47 permanent orchestra members and a solid autonomous organization; its headquarters are in Palmanova at the Loggia della Gran Guardia, a historical building dating from the 1500s that overlooks the splendid main square of this star-shaped city.
The Chief Conductor of the Orchestra, since January 2017, is the Maestro Marco Guidarini. His repertoire, as an indication of his great versatility, ranges from Baroque to Contemporary Music, and genres from classical music to crossover.
The Mitteleuropa Orchestra performs in different formations, ranging from symphonic to symphonic-choral orchestral formations, with string orchestra, wind orchestra, and chamber ensembles. It has received significant public and critical acclaim throughout Italy and abroad, in France, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Albania. It has also been hosted at numerous international events, from the International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Venice Biennale to the Mittelfest, from the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, to the concert for the beatification of Pope John Paul II and to the international Festival of Lubiana.
In 2018 the Orchestra is the protagonist with the famous pianist Vincenzo Maltempo in the recording of a double CD of Brahms, produced by 2R productions, for the prestigious Piano Classics.
The Orchestra has been conducted by important personalities from the international music scene such as Niksa Bareza, Pascal Rophé, Tiziano Severini, Dmitri Jurowski, Aldo Ceccato, Muhai Tang, Oliver von Dohnányi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luis Bacalov, Giampaolo Bisanti, Pietari Inkinen, John Axelrod, Ola Rudner, Emilio Pomarico, Vram Tchiftchian, Ernest Hoetzl, Philipp Von Steinaecker, Alessandro Vitiello, Giovanni Pacor, Vittorio Bresciani, Marco Guidarini, Nicola Valentini, Igor Zobin, Francesco Fanna, Adriano Martinolli D’Arcy, Eddi De Nadai, Uroš Lajovic and it has performed with soloists of international fame like Sergeij Krilov, Ramin Bahrami, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michele Campanella, Bruno Giuranna, Louis Lortie, Alexander Lonquich, Alena Baeva, Pepe Romero, Lilya Zilberstein, Roberto Cominati, Giovanni Sollima, Yeon Ju Jeong, Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, Marianna Vasileva, Marija Špengler, Daniel Müller-Schott, Karl Leister, Françoise de Clossey, Mauro Maur, Alexander Gadjiev, Héctor Ulises Passarella, Stefan Milenkovich, Philippe Entremont, Laura Bortolotto, Evgeni Koroliov, Andrea Bacchetti, Daniela Barcellona, Truls Mork, Vincenzo Maltempo, Roberto Fabbriciani, Jasna Corrado-Merlak, Letizia Michielon, Giuseppe Albanese.
In the Region, it collaborates with the Ente Regionale Teatrale on an important project of musical enhancement that covers the entire territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia; moreover together with the Italian Healthcare Agency it has programmed relevant interdisciplinary projects based on social inclusion through music and other innovative activities, specifically targeted to young audiences and to schools. The Mitteleuropa Orchestra is supported and financed by the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia and to the partnership with the Friuli Foundation. Since 2015 it has programmed its own concert season at the Gustavo Modena theatre in Palmanova.
Translation by Wall Street English Udine
Sunday 06 March 2016, ore 20:45
Pordenone — Teatro Giuseppe Verdi
Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi, Pordenone, Italia