Rome, Latium, ITA


Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma
directed by Ambrogio Sparagna

TARANTA D’AMORE. A Night of Festive Dancing

The formidable Orchestra O.P.I., directed by the Maestro Ambrogio Sparagna, composed of many of the musical instruments typical of the Italian folk tradition, offers the public an engaging evening of song and dance, a show devoted to the vast and many facetted repertoire of serenades and dances belonging to the peninsula’s numerous areas with particular focus on Tarantellas and Pizziche from Apulia.
At the centre of the stage Ambrogio Sparagna conducts the orchestra, invites the musicians to dance and interact playfully with the audience, creating a joyful Italian village fete, a Taranta d’Amore full of life, a blend of fascination and energy, capable of making the whole square, the entire village, tap their feet and laugh with gusto.

An exceptionally talented button-accordion player and author of a number of folk operas, Sparagna directed the “Notte della Taranta” festival from 2004 to 2006 as Maestro concertatore.
He set up the Orchestra Popolare Italiana (O.P.I.) dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, a large permanent ensemble of young players from all over the country, with a view to promoting and evaluating Italy’s variegated folk music repertoire.


Ambrogio Sparagna discography:

• 1988. Opera folk Trillillì. (Finisterre)
• 1991. Il Trillo, with Lucilla Galeazzi and Carlo Rizzo. (Thelonius)
• 1992. Opera Giofà il servo del Re. (BMG Ariola)
• 1995. Invito. (BMG Ariola)
• 1995. Opera La via dei Romei, with Francesco De Gregori. (BMG Ariola)
• 1996. L'avvenuta profezia. (Finisterre)
• 2001. Vorrei ballare. (Finisterre)
• 2003. Oratorio Litania, with G. L. Ferretti. (Edel)
• 2003. Ambrogio Sparagna. (Finisterre)
• 2005. La Notte della Taranta 2005, with Orchestra. (Parco della Musica records)
• 2006. La Notte della Taranta 2006, with Orchestra. (Parco della Musica records)
• 2006. Fermarono i cieli, Christmas repertoire. (Finisterre)
• 2008. La chiara stella, with OPI (Orchestra Popolare Italiana), sacred repertoire. (Parco della Musica records)

Set List

Set list: Pizzicarella, Gira la canzone, Attaranta, La spada di San Giuseppe, Pizzica Tarantata, Taranta d'amore, Pizzica di San Vito, Lu Sittaturu, Sia benedettu chi fici lu munnu.
1 set, 90 minutes.
Repertoire: traditional dances from southern Italy