Indeed a nice and rather pleasant performance by the “Piccola Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio” at Rome’s Teatro Olimpico. The idea for this multi-ethnic band came to Mario Tronco, the former keyboard player of “Avion Travel”, and a colleague of his. The two got the inspiration for the band from the multi-ethnic neighborhood of Rome known as the Esquilino, the area that also encompasses Piazza Vittorio (which is now mostly populated by Chinese stores).
The large orchestra, at the beginning known simply as the “Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio”, has been part of a film-documentary which has also been presented in the U.S. at the Trebeca Film Festival. The orchestra has so far performed some 300 times on five different continents. In 2005 it also won the “German Record Critics’ Award” for the World Music category.
Rome’s performance was instead a re-adaption of W.A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. The many kids who were also on hand for the show no doubt enjoyed Tronco and Co.’s nice performance as well.