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Paolo Biancalana - UNISA Music Foundation 2022 Christmas Concert



Paolo Biancalana - UNISA Music Foundation 2022 Christmas Concert

The Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria, the Embassy of Italy in South Africa and the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg are proud to announce that maestro Paolo Biancalana will direct the 2022 Christmas Concert, organized in collaboration with UNISA Music Foundation, on Sunday 27th November 2022 @16:00 at UNISA ZK Mathews Hall.

Born in Viareggio in 1962, Paolo Biancalana studied piano and composition at the Istituto "L. Boccherini" in Lucca and conducting at the Conservatorio “Cherubini” in Florence. He followed postgraduates studies in choir direction with R. Gabbiani and R. Clemencic as well as in orchestral conducting with P. Bellugi and F. Gallini, A. Pinzauti.

In 1988 at 26 years of age he was appointed artistic director of the choir "P.A. Guglielmi" of Massa; he then toured extensively in Europe and was given the first performances in the contemporary era of pieces for choir and orchestra and operas by Eighteenth century composers, including P.A. Guglielmi. He made the first recording of Guglielmi’s sacred works for choir and orchestra, produced by the Bongiovanni label.

In 2004, 80th of Giacomo Puccini’s death, he conducted the Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in Torre del Lago, invited by the Puccini Festival and Museum.

In 2011 he was Chorus Master in the world premiere recording of Handel’s “Germanico” produced by the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label with “il Rossignolo” ensemble.

Since 2015 he is Chorus Master of the “Ensemble Symphony Orchestra & Choir” that has performed in the most important theaters throughout Europe with innovative concerts like “Zelda” e “Final Fantasy”, “Kingdom Hearts”, “Assassin Creed”, joining music and animated film.

He has conducted, in Italy and abroad, several orchestras in symphony and operatic works, including the Debrecen Academy Orchestra (Hungary) the Ceboksary’s Theatre Orchestra (Russia), the Symphonic Orchestra of Dneprpetrosk and Zoporohie (Ucraine) the Symphonic Orchestra “Città di Grosseto”, the Sanremo Symphonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra “Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina” of Florence. He has toured in Romania, Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, United States, Mexico, Poland, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

He is artistic director of the "Symphonic Festival" of the city of Massa and has also recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Orchestra of the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca. Since 2014 he has been teaching at the "Liceo Musicale Palma" in Massa, as head of orchestral and choral activities.

Date: 27 November 2022 h16:00

Venue: UNISA ZK Mathews Hall

Tickets: Sold at the entrance (


Unisa Music Foundation Youth Orchestra

  • My girl The Temptation
  • How deep is your love The Bee Gees
  • Hello Lionel Richie
  • Endless love Luther Vandross
  • Doo bee doo Freshly ground

Unisa Music Foundation Wind Ensemble

  • A Jazzy Christmas Arr. Johnnie Vinson
  • A Vaughan Williams Christmas Arr by Ralph V Williams
  • Christmas Classique Arr. Larry Clark
  • Fantasia for Christmas Elliot D Borgo
  • Porgy and Bess Arr. Douglas E Wagner
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Arr. Luther Henderson

Unisa Music Foundation Symphony Orchestra

  • A Christmas Festival Leroy Anderson
  • A Whole Lot of Symphony Douglas E Wagner
  • Aragonaise from Carmen Arr. Richard Meyer
  • Gabriel’s Oboe Robert Longfield
  • Holiday Mash-up Patrick Roszell
  • Millennium Richard Meyer
  • The Christmas Waltz Arr. Jerry Brubaker


Date: Sunday, November 27, 2022

Time: At 4:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Pretoria, Ambasciata d'Italia a Pretoria, Consolato Generale d'Italia

In collaboration with : UNISA Music Foundation

Entrance : Free