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ENEL: 60 years of future and energy

At the concert by the JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to celebrate 60 years of Enel, we will hand over the 30 scholarships to support young musicians

  • On the podium Antonio Pappano and Simone Genuini
  • Enel, born Dec. 6, 1962, and a Founding Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2003, celebrates its 60th anniversary with a concert by the JuniOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, exceptionally conducted by Maestro Sir Antonio Pappano, broadcast live on RaiPlay.
  • Artist Arthur Duff's installation "Eyes with eyes - Riflessi Futuri," curated by Valentina Ciarallo, will pay homage to Enel's 60th anniversary with lights, colors, and words inspired by energy and will be on view until Dec. 28 at the Cavea of the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone in Rome
  • The Dec. 6 concert will be broadcast live on RaiPlay and delayed on Rai 5 on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.


Rome, Dec. 5, 2022 - Enel turns 60 years old on Dec. 6. Founded in 1962 as a public entity with the mission of completing the electrification of Italy, Enel is today a multinational company present in 30 countries, a leader in the global energy and renewable energy markets. Sixty years of history linked to that of Italy, starting with the completion of the electrification of the territories, guaranteeing all households access to energy and enabling the country's industrial and economic development, to the decision to put sustainability at the center of the Group's strategy and to lead the energy transition by focusing on renewables, in which the company is a world leader, digitalization and electrification.

A milestone that will be celebrated at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone in Rome with a Christmas Concert performed by the JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, exceptionally conducted by Maestro Sir Antonio Pappano, which will be broadcast live on RaiPlay at 8 p.m. 30 on Dec. 6, and with the lighting of artist Arthur Duff's work "Eyes with eyes - Reflections of the Future," an installation curated by Valentina Ciarallo that will pay homage to Enel's 60th anniversary with lights, colors, and words inspired by energy. The artist imagines unprecedented light trajectories and projects the viewer to new horizons. Duff's work will remain on view until Dec. 28 at the Auditorium's Cavea. Also celebrating Enel's 60th anniversary is a communications campaign by Saatchi & Saatchi (Publicis Groupe), which symbolically connects the brand's origins with its future.

Present at the lighting from the work will be Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano, Enel President Michele Crisostomo and Enel CEO Francesco Starace.

"Celebrating 60 years means looking at our history but also at our future," comments Enel CEO and General Manager Francesco Starace. "For 60 years we have been giving energy to Italy, we were born to do so and our mission over time has not changed. Bringing energy to homes and businesses has always been much more than turning on a light bulb. In the 1960s, it meant bringing progress, fostering development and social change as well; today, technological innovations allow us to do this in a sustainable way and enable new development for communities, creating new opportunities and contributing to Italy's energy independence through energy produced from renewables."

"We are celebrating an important milestone," comments Enel Chairman Michele Crisostomo, "and we want to do it together with Italians, because we are convinced that the fate of a country is closely linked to the way energy is produced and consumed, so that Enel continues to play a leading role in Italy's development and growth. A commitment that has deep roots in the past and is now projected toward achieving sustainability and emissions reduction goals that are good for the environment, the economy and people."

During the event, Enel Cuore will award 30 scholarships to young talents cultivating a passion for music with the JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In addition, on the occasion of the company's 60th anniversary celebrations, the Enel Foundation has established 3 scholarships for doctoral students in memory of Franco Tatò to be awarded, in collaboration with the Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia and the University of Turin, to students in the National Doctorate Program in Sustainable Development and Climate Change that the same Foundation helped initiate as Knowledge partner.

Music, a universal language that unites different worlds and cultures, new generations, education, creative and artistic energy, synergy between excellences: these are the guidelines of Enel's commitment at the side of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as a Founding Partner since 2003, and it is with this spirit that Enel has been sharing new projects with Santa Cecilia for nineteen years to promote listening education and creativity of the younger generations.

The concert

The JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is the first children's and young people's orchestra created within the framework of the Italian lyric-symphonic foundations. On the occasion of the Christmas Concert it will be conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano and Simone Genuini. Since 2005, when he took office as Music Director of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus, this is the fourth occasion that the Maestro will take the podium of the Children's Orchestra. Sir Tony's focus on the world of youth has always been constant and attentive, as evidenced also by his numerous collaborations with important youth ensembles such as the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States and the Orchestra of the Nicola Sala Conservatory of Benevento-as well as the many young musicians and singers with whom he has made music and helped launch throughout his career. Pappano will conduct the first and last pieces on the program: opening the evening will be Russian composer and chemist Alexander Borodin's celebrated Danze polovesiane, taken from his opera Prince Igor, musical images imbued with national sentiment and characterized by a marked oriental coloring, then the baton will pass to Simone Genuini director, since its founding, of the JuniOrchestra, under whose leadership he has conducted more than three hundred concerts, for two dances taken from Béla Bartók's Suite of Six Dances BB 86 di Béla Bartók, no. 2 Allegro Molto and No. 3 Allegro Vivace. Bartók himself explained the intentions from which the Suite was born in 1923: "It consists of six short pieces in dance form [...]. All the thematic material of the composition is in imitation of peasant music; this in fact was the purpose of the Suite: to make a kind of ideal folk music so that each part represented well-defined musical characters. I used melodies of different origins: Hungarian, Wallachian, Slovak, even Arabic, sometimes mixing them."

Then it will be the turn of the suite from West Side Story, the famous Musical that echoes the Shakespearean story of Romeo and Juliet, set, however, in the world of New York gangs in the 1950s and recounting the blossoming of love between Mary and Tony. West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein,debuted on Broadway on September 26, 1957, soon surpassing seven hundred performances. The Suite performed tonight (arranged by Jack Mason) includes some of the most famous music such as I Feel Pretty, Maria, Something's Coming, Tonight and America.

The last piece, among the most famous in all musical literature, is again entrusted to Sir Tony, who will conduct Maurice Ravel's Bolero. The bolero is a Spanish dance in ternary time, of moderate progression, with two main melodies, each of which is repeated. In Ravel's Bolero, on the other hand, there is a single theme that is sung and repeated in an ever-changing timbral guise, over an ostinato drum beat, as many as 18 times, each entrusted to a different instrument and at an increasing dynamic level until the final apotheosis is reached. It is said that at the end of the first performance, which took place in Paris on November 22, 1928, a lady called the composer crazy, who replied, "Madam, you have understood the opera."


The "JuniOrchestra" of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Praemium Imperiale 2013 and Guido d'Arezzo Prize 2017, is the first children's orchestra created within Italian opera-symphony foundations. Established in 2006, it is currently composed of about 400 instrumentalists, divided into five groups according to age group. The youngsters are introduced to the symphonic repertoire and perform music ranging from Rossini, to Mozart, Vivaldi, Čajkovski, Bartók, Puccini, Beethoven and many others, in their original version. In addition to this, the young musicians try their hand at chamber repertoire, supervised by highly experienced teachers including Professors of the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. The orchestra experience represents a great opportunity to learn to play with others, to listen and hear each other, sharing the wonderful world of music. The JuniOrchestra has been conducted over the years by numerous personalities in the musical world such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Piovani, Mario Brunello, Salvatore Accardo and Fabio Biondi. A recipient of prestigious awards, the JuniOrchestra is engaged in productions of the "Tutti a Santa Cecilia" Season, holds the traditional Christmas concert at the Chamber of Deputies, has played in the presence of the President of the Republic, and most importantly plays in concerts for social purposes. In November 2016, he participated in the RAIUNO TV program "L'importante è avere un piano" hosted by Stefano Bollani, playing with the duo Igudesman&Joo. On Sept. 8, 2017, JuniOrchestra was a guest at Celebrity Fight Night at the Colosseum which featured internationally renowned artists including Andrea Bocelli. On November 20, 2021 The JuniOrchestra performed live streaming for the Italy Pavilion as part of Expo 2020 in Dubai. The JuniOrchestra participates in various social and charitable initiatives including the annual concert for the Policlinico Umberto I in Rome, which in the 2019 edition was also attended by President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. The director of the JuniOrchestra is Simone Genuini.

Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone - Sala Santa Cecilia

Tuesday, December 6, 8:30 p.m.

JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

On the podium:



Christmas Concert

Borodin Polovesian Dances

Bartók Tanz Suite: II Allegro Molto, III Allegro Vivace

Bernstein West Side Story suite

Ravel Bolero