Music and Cinema with Ennio Morricone
The concert-meeting with Ennio Morricone was a great success. The event held at Sapienza University was held to present an award to the maestro forhis musical career. During the course of the event, various other awards were also presented to young talents and illustrious artists working in the world of cinema. Sapienza’s Aula Magna was packed full of students eager to applaud the renowned music composer.
The event was promoted by Videocittà - Sapienza University and the Fondazione Pio and Rossella Angeletti (which funded and presented the awards) and Studios, in partnership with SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Editors) and in collaboration with the Concert University Institution (IUC). Three Oscar Award winners were present: Dante Ferretti andFrancesca Lo Schiavo(Best Set Design 2005 for Aviator, 2008 for Sweeny Todd and 2012 for Hugo Cabret) and Allah Rakha Rahman, who has received two Academy Awards for the best sound track and the best song for the SlumDog Millionaire in 2008, a special award to India, partner country and guest of the first edition of Videocittà.
Besides the career award presented to Maestro Morricone, two awards were presented to young talents (Lamberto Curtoni, sound track composer, and Davide Ulissi, digital filming manager) and two were presented to illustrious artists Nino Castelnuovo and Carlo Croccolo. Following the awards ceremony, the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra directed by Andrea Morricone, performed famous compositions by Ennio Morricone and other artists.
"It was a great pleasure to host this meeting dedicated to music and cinema,” declared Rector Eugenio Gaudio, “and especially the career award presented to Maestro Ennio Morricone, who has introduced cinema enthusiasts to the power and beauty of music with masterful compositions. As Rector, I would like to underline the central role that musical education plays in the cultural activities organized by our university for students, staff and the public in general, and to the social and civil growth of our country.”
“For millions of Italians, you have been and will always be the sound track of our lives,” announced Francesco Rutelli, President of ANICA and developer of the Videocittà Project, greeting Ennio Morricone.
Allah Rakha Rahman, who filmed his last film in 4D in Rome, also praised Maestro Morricone: "Your music has no boundaries. Thank you, maestro, for having torn them down.”
"Composers sit at home and compose music. Then, they record it. I just do what is expected of me. I thank you all,” concluded Ennio Morricone to a heartfeltstanding ovation.