Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
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RAI National Symphony Orchestra
RAI National Symphony Orchestra is a major Italian symphony orchestra, based in Turin and owned by State radio and television company RAI.
In 1931, EIAR, Italy's newly-born public radio authority, founded its first symphony orchestra in Turin, later joined by orchestras in Rome, Milan and Naples.
In 1994, the four orchestras were merged in Turin, giving birth to the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, making its debut with concerts directed by Georges Prêtre and Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Over the years, the orchestras have been conducted by other major conductors such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Mario Lamberto and Riccardo Chailly.
RAI Symphony Orchestra performs its seasons in Turin, at the RAI Auditorium in piazza Rossaro, and has regularly taken part to major events like the concert to mark the Silver Jubilee of John Paul II's Pontificate in St. Peter's Square in Rome, the 2000 New Year Concert in Piazza del Quirinale in Rome and most of the official concerts celebrating Italy's Republic Day. All its concerts are broadcast on RAI Radio3.