Photo by Phillip Nangle
The situation in Italy was more serious. Visitors to Verona seeking music under the stars at the city’s famous Roman amphitheatre were subject to cancellations and tumultuous downpours. Ludovico Einaudi did not cancel his Verona concert, the only Italian date in his recent tour, but the sound engineers will have a tough time editing out the noise of the thunder for a planned Live in Verona disc. As well as being one of the few pianists who can sell out a 15,000-seat venue, Einaudi also impressed when he continued to perform when a water-filled tarpaulin roof collapsed over the stage, splashing both artist and keyboard.
Those who stayed were separated into two groups: those who watched from under their umbrellas and those who craned their necks trying to see past umbrellas. Mayor Flavio Tosi recently announced that he wants to put a roof over the 2,000-year-old arena. According to Verona daily L’Arena, Tosi is planning to launch an international competition to draw suggestions on how the formidable architectural task should be addressed. Well, if it worked for Wimbledon...
As the summer draws to an end, our focus turns to the next academic year. In our annual education issue, we bring the latest news from keyboard faculties across the globe, examine the life and work of Heinrich Neuhaus and discover the importance of Braille sheet music (pp31-45). We also mark the start of the Southbank Centre’s next International Piano Series with a rare interview with Mitsuko Uchida, ahead of her October recital (p18).