“Museums in Music”, the splendid initiative that since 2009 offers to romans and tourists a night when municipal museums are open ‘till 02 a.m., hosting dance and musical events at 1 euro or with free entrance, this year included tango in two dates: the first one at the Argentinean House with the CuarteTango quartet, and the other one at the Protomoteca in the square of the Capitol with: “New tango for String Orchestra and bandoneón” by Xilon Orchestra. Tango In Roma followed the second concert, structured into three half an hour-performances to allow as many people as possible to take part in it.
The day after the terrorist attacks on Paris in 13th november 2015, Xilon wanted to pay tribute to the victims opening with the French hymn, with a standing ovation from the most of audience. The Orchestra – 12 strings, a bandoneón and the leader Paolo Matteucci – has proposed five popular tunes from Astor Piazzolla‘s repertoire, giving to those compositions a chamber music-effect, more to listen than to dance, as required by the context of the event and by the type of instruments played. A well-read and refined performance, both in the most poetical and dulcet tones (still tinged with the usual melancholy chord of Tango), both in those more rhythmic and dynamic, that literally enchanted the heterogeneous audience, who welcomed it in sustained applauses. Cristiano Lui’s performance with bandoneón and accordion has been particularly striking, showing virtuosity especially in the solo-with medley: Piazzolla – Italian songs – La vie en rose.