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​Manzoni’s ode ‘Il Cinque Maggio’ to be recited in Brussels

Il cinque maggio di Manzoni declamato a Bruxelles
Il cinque maggio di Manzoni declamato a Bruxelles

On 5 May, at the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, actor, author and poet Lorenzo Allegrini will recite Alessandro Manzoni’s ode ‘Il cinque maggio’ (The fifth of May). The narrator will be accompanied by pianist Tom De Beuckelaer, who shall open the event with Liszt’s transcription for piano of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Lorenzo Allegrini, born in Fabriano in 1982, is also a journalist. He has published, among other things, the poems La leggenda del Capo di Buona Speranza (2021) and Apocalisse Pop! (2018). After collaborating with some of the major national media channels and newspapers, he wrote articles about economics and finance for the LaPresse news agency for ten years before moving to corporate communications.

Tom De Beuckelaer (1999, The Netherlands) started playing the piano at the age of 4. His family then moved to Belgium, where he continued his piano studies with Jean-Paul Vanden Driessche, at the Academy of Music in Mortsel. At the age of 12, he became a pupil of Heidi Hendrickx at the Ma’Go Academy of Music, in Antwerp. Once completed high school, he studied at Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and became a pupil of Nikolaas Kende and Levente Kende.

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