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Rhapsody in Blue: Caracalla 2024

Rome, Baths of Caracalla — Main Hall

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About the Event

In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein at Rome's treasured and world‐renowned Baths of Caracalla.


  • George Gershwin – Overture to 'Girl Crazy'
  • George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
  • Leonard Bernstein – Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
  • George Gershwin – An American in Paris Porgy and Bess‐ A symphonic picture (arr. R.R. Bennet)
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall is a prominent international conductor, solo pianist and virtuoso organist. Acclaimed for his interpretations of 20th century American composers such as Gershwin and Bernstein, he has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi since 2007. As guest conductor he works with UK orchestras as well as Accademia di Santa Cecilia, RAI Torino, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Radio, Swedish Radio, Sydney Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Maggio Musicale. Organist‐in‐residence at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, he has played in many of the world's most esteemed concert halls.


Baths of Caracalla

The Baths of Caracalla are one of the best remaining examples of the ancient public baths of Rome. The city´s second largest Roman thermae, or public baths, Caracalla is the only site in which it has been possible to restore the original decorative scheme. Built during the reigns of the Emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla (212 AD to 216 AD), under imperial patronage, the baths were immensely popular. Contemporary descriptions create a picture of oriental paving in coloured marble, enormous marble columns, glass paste mosaics, painted stucco, marbled walls and hundreds of colossal statues. Nonetheless, the baths fell into disuse in the 6th Century, and were allowed to decay. Extensive excavations in the 19th and 20th Centuries returned the Baths to their current state. Since 2001, this spectacular venue hosts concerts and performances of operas on a movable stage outwith the main structure, so as not to put stress on the ancient ruins.


Baths of Caracalla, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy — Google Maps

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