The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio film will be screened at IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue, at W. 3rd Street). It is a 5-year film diary that recounts the effort to create an all-immigrant orchestra in Rome shortly after 9/11. As anti-immigrant activists take to the streets, decrying the “invasion” of foreigners in the Italian capital, neighborhood musician Mario Tronco and his “Apollo 11” partners struggle to pull together a functioning orchestra in time for their first public performance: Is it true there’s an Indian tabla player living in Corsica? Who knows a Tunisian oud player? Where does that Cuban trumpet player hang out? Can the Senegalese vocalist be persuaded to join?The unlikely success of this wildly ambitious effort is a modern fairy tale. 250 European concerts and 2 CD recordings later, the Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio is still bringing its unique style of music and message of unity to audiences around the world. The film features musicians from: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, India, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Ecuador, Hungary and the United States.
The Orchestra will perform after the screening. Film director Agostino Ferrente will appear in person at the event.
A US tour will follow.