Venues

A series of performances will be held in both indoor and outdoor venues, over the New Year period.

Chiesa Santa Maria in Portico Campitelli

Rome, Italy

Opposite the site of the current church stood the smaller church, Oratory of Sant Gala which was located near the Porticus Octaviae. This most holy church housed the much-venerated icon to the Virgin Mary which legend has it just appeared on the altar on day and answered the prayers to save the people of Rome from the plague that swept through the city in 1665. Soon after Pope Alexander VII asked architect Carlo Rainaldi to design and build a grander church giving it the name Santa Maria in Portico Campitellli in honour of the icon. The current church is in the Baroque style, completed in 1667 and not only houses a wonderful collection of art, frescos and statues but also the oldest Marian shrine in Rome. This white marble Shrine is the Altar of Santa Galla and dates to 1073. Look out for the date inscription. You cannot miss the golden Gloria of angels, designed by Giovanni di Rossi, after Bernini, and is located behind the main altar which enshrines the famous 25cm high silver-gilt icon In 1747 Henry Stuart, son of Bonnie Prince Charlie, became a cardinal deacon to the church and started the tradition of the Perpetual Prayer which is still recited at every Saturday mass hoping for the return of the Church of England to return to the Catholic faith.

Future Concerts:

Rome New Year Festival

30th December 2019
8:00 pm

Performance Line Up:

Menomonee Falls High School Symphonic Orchestra

Olivet Nazarene University Symphonic Winds

Rome New Year Festival

2nd January 2020
8:00 pm

Performance Line Up:

Olivet College Wind Ensemble

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Rome, Italy

Santa Maria dei Miracoli is one of two 17th century churches on the Piazza del Popolo, its twin is Santa Maria in Montesanto. The story behind this beautiful church is that, in 1325 a woman dropped her baby into the river and prayed to an icon of the virgin Mary at the side of the river for help. The baby was miraculously saved, and as a result a chapel was built next near the spot to enshrine the icon. The chapel, being close to the river, survived many floods but eventually, in 1590 the original icon was moved to San Giacomo. In 1662 Pope Alexander VII ordered a pair of churches to be erect to provide a monumental backdrop to the now popular Piazza del Popolo and one of them was to house the icon. Designed, in the baroque style, by Rainaldi, but completed by Carlo Fontana, Santa Maria dei Miracoli was completed 1678, five years after Santa Maria in Montesanto. Both churches have the domes covered in grey fish-scale slate, an unusual feature in Rome. SM dei Miracoli’s dome is round, SM in Montesanto is oval in shape. Look out for the ten statues on the façade all designed in the Bernini school. Inside the church look at the fresco inside the dome depicting the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Over the altar you can see the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin supported by four angels and the front of the altar has a bronze relief of The Last Supper. The monuments of Cardinal Girolamo Gastaldi and his brother Marchese Benedetto, both integral in the building of the church are worth searching out.

Piazza Mignanelli

Rome, Italy

Is a pretty piazza right next to Piazza di Spagna has the Spanish Embassy and the HQ of Haute Couture Designer Valento residing on the square. What makes this piazza special is the nineteenth century Column of the Immaculate Conception as its focal point. This 11.8m high Corinthian Column monument is made of Cipollini marble and has a bronze statue of the Virgin Mary on top. The Virgin stands on a crescent on top of the world, stomping on a serpent. It was designed by the architect Luigi Poletti with the figure of the Virgin sculpted by Giuseppe Obici. It was erected on the piazza by the city firemen who raised it using capstans to the sound of a bugle. It was dedicated on 8 December 1857, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception and every year since then a ceremony is held, often attended by the Pope, where the head of the Italian Fire Department presents a bouquet of flowers with the motto:Flammas domamus, donamus Corda. (We stop fires, giving our hearts). The bouquet is then place around the right arm of the Virgin Mary statue with the assistance of a fire truck ladder. Another bouquet decorated with SPQR, the motto of the ancient Roman Republic, is placed at the foot of the statue.

Piazza del Popolo

Rome

Neoclassical in style, the Piazza del Popolo, or People's Square, is one of Rome's largest urban piazzas and lies within the city's northern gate, Porta del Popolo, the ancient starting point of the most important road north and, until the birth of the railways, all visitors first sight of Rome. It was the place of Rome's public executions, the last of which took place in 1826. The Eygptian oblelisk, in the centre of the square, is the tallest and second oldest in Rome, arriving in 10BC by order of Augustus Caesar, originally on the Circus Maximus but re-erected here in 1589. On the northern side of the square, guarded by the sister churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, are the three shopping streets, locally known as the 'trident', Via del Corso, Via Babuino and Ripetta, which is the route of Rome's New Year's Day Parade.

Future Concerts:

Rome New Year Festival

1st January 2020
2:30 pm

Ramsey High School Jazz Ensemble

Viale Vittorio Veneto, Piazza San Pietro & Piazza del Mercato

Frascati

Frascati is an idyllic hill top town located 12 miles south-east of Rome in the Alban Hills famous for its crisp white wine, the aristocratic Villa Aldobrandini, winding cobbled streets and magnificant views over the plains surrounding Rome. Piazza San Pietro, named after Frascati's 16th Century Basilica, which watches over the square, is in the historic centre and a popular pedestrian hub. Piazza del Mercato, as its name suggests, has produce and craft markets held throughout the year as well as an array of small market shops located around the square making it a bustling and busy area. Both squares are regularly used as outdoor spaces by our performers.

Future Concerts:

Rome New Year Festival

31st December 2019
12:00 pm

Performance Line Up:

Hickory Ridge High School Blue Regiment

Hinsdale Central High School Red Devil Marching Band

North Port High School Alliance Marching Band

Rome New Year Festival

31st December 2019
3:00 pm

Performance Line Up:

Olivet College Marching Comets

Olivet Nazarene University Tiger Marching Band

Ramsey High School 'Big Blue' Marching Band