10 June 2018
The Director of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano, performed an exceptional concert in one of the airport's most symbolic locations, between the statue of the Vitruvian Man and the historic stained glass signed by the architect Morandi. Many passengers were involved and enchanted by the piano performance which took place a few metres away from the check-in desks.

Fiumicino, 10 June 2018 – Italian and international passengers departing from Terminal 3 at Leonardo da Vinci airport were involved today in the new cultural entertainment initiative organised by Aeroporti di Roma, in partnership with the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Travellers, from all over the world, were able to attend an extraordinary piano performance by Maestro Antonio Pappano, amongst the international flight check-in desks. Born in Italy but raised in England and the USA - where he took the first steps in his brilliant career - Sir Antonio Pappano played a magnificent grand piano, set up for the occasion by ADR in the middle of the Terminal 3 departures hall. Accompanying him was Alessandro Carbonare, Principal Clarinet of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra.


Enthusiastic passengers who attended marvelled at the excellent musical surprise. The programme involved the performance of three tracks:  Romance no. 1 and  Romance n. 2 for Drei Romanzen op.94 by Robert Schumann, delicate and salacious in nature, in which the piano and clarinet communicate with each other in an almost affectionate tone, composed by Schumann as a Christmas present for his wife Clara, at the end of 1849. The third piece in the programme, entitled Sholem – Aleckhem, Rov Feidman!, by Hungarian clarinettist Béla Kovács was performed in homage to the popular Klezmer tradition and is dedicated by Kovács to the great clarinettist Giora Feidman.


Many travellers filmed the performance and took selfies with Maestro Pappano at the end of the performance. The performance by Pappano is the peak of the airport's “Santa Cecilia on the fly” concert programme, which involves weekly events at the airport. The partnership with Santa Cecilia is part of the numerous artistic partnerships promoted by ADR to represent the Capital's cultural offer in the international showcase of Fiumicino airport.


Aeroporti di Roma, Company of the Atlantia Group, manages and develops the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino and undertakes other activities relating to and supplementing airport management. Fiumicino operates through four passenger terminals. It is dedicated to business and leisure clients on national, international and intercontinental routes. Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, by express couriers and for General Aviation operations. In 2017, the ADR airport system registered 46.9 million passengers, with over 230 destinations across the world accessible from Rome thanks to around 100 airlines operating in the two airports. According to Skytrax official certification, in 2017 Fiumicino was the world’s number one airport for improvements and developments to its services. This recognition joins the award it was given by Airports Council International as the European airport most appreciated by passengers.



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