22-02-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo
Surely yesterday afternoon the National Museum hosted the greatest virtuoso of a musical instrument ever landed in Malindi.
The event organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi, which in addition to the free concert violinist Francesco D'Orazio has offered to present a lavish refreshments, has enthralled over a hundred people who not only have occupied all the seats available but you have thronged along the balcony of the top floor to listen to the performance of the musician, interspersed with readings in English geographers and historians of the first centuries after Christ, who first spoke of the Kenyan coast.
Needless to say that events of this magnitude in Malindi have always been rare more than a cheetah in the savannah. Who attends the coast of Kenya for many years, he had to call to mind the Zucchero concert in 1993, to find an evening like this.
In reality, the skill and the importance of the violinist D'Orazio is something higher, and the proof was successful with one hour of solo violin to charm a careful and silent audience until the end.
The music unites and culture has no barriers: Italian, English, German and Kenyan sitting side by side listened transport the "Chaconne" by Johan Sebastian Bach, who opened the concert, after the greetings of the Ambassador of Italy rite Kenya Mauro Massoni which together with the creator and organizer of the event Francesca Church, opened the double exhibition on the Italian sea treasures Salvatore Tusa and the director of the National Museum of Malindi Caesar Mbita.
Intelligent proved to be the direction of the show, which saw D'Orazio change position every sonata, becoming visible from time to time at all.
While the virtuoso Paganini always leverage the public and collected prolonged applause, the real surprise were the interpretations of the songs of the Sicilian contemporary composer Luciano Chessa, proposals with a rattle bracelet on his right wrist, and the wonderful notes Belgian composer Eugene Ysaye, a Paganini of Flanders that the unleashed version of D'Orazio has left in suspense.
Public enthusiastic, cheerful and a certainty for residents and vacationers malindini to have witnessed something unique and important, which could be the first of many cultural events based in our town. Thanks largely to the interest of the Italian Institute of Culture for our community and the beautiful response that is giving to these initiatives.
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