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Paganini Rockstar, glowing like Jimi Hendrix, the show

Genoa celebrates the artistic genius of Niccolò Paganini, in an exhibition at Palazzo Ducale 19 October 2018 – 10 March 2019.It is the most anticipated exhibition of the autumn of the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, an event not to be missed.

What transforms a musician into a rockstar?

Niccolò Paganini was a true rock star, in times when rock did not exist. It is the musician that most of all can approach, to the stars of the rock of our era: in particular Jimi Hendrix

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There is a before and after Hendrix in the history of the guitar, for Paganini in the history of the violin: the relationship with the instrument, the spectacular virtuosity in public, the crowded concerts, are some of the affinities between the two, which in different periods have revolutionized the music.

Through an original and multimedia logic, the exhibition stages the artist Paganini and recreates the magic of the show and reveals the construction of the myth.Paganini Rockstar as Hendrix, the exhibition inflames Palazzo Ducale.Two geniuses, two artists, two musicians in different periods – one with the violin the other with the guitar.

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Can you imagine Niccolò Paganini who, in 1795, at the end of his concert at the Teatro di Sant’Agostino in Genoa, sets his violin on fire in front of an ecstatic audience, as did Jimi Hendrix in 1967 in Monterey with his guitar? Two artists, two genes of music.

Classical music and rock come together from Friday, October 19, 2018 to Sunday, March 10, 2019. The exhibition can be visited with the following hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 19.30; Monday from 14.30 to 19.30 and Friday from 9.30 to 22 (the ticket office closes an hour earlier). Paganini Rockstar tickets (also conveniently purchased online <>): full 12 euros, reduced 10 euros.

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Along the exhibition path some videotestimonials of great music authors. Among the 7 sections, The founder of BluVertigo will tell the relationship between fame and image, while Gianna Nannini will tell what it means to be in front of a large audience. Do not miss Room 3, with a performance by Roberto Bolle that in a video dance on the Capriccio 24 by Paganini.

Room 4 contains the words of Paganini fans. The four walls invaded by words immerse the visitor in an atmosphere of euphoria. Combined with Room 5 is the SoundLab room, where the visitor can experience music playing a violin and an electric guitar together with the boys from the Pertini Lyceum and the Paganini Conservatory of Genoa.But from room 7, we change the register: from the amplifiers the powerful electric guitar notes played by Jimi Hendrix arrive. The Hendrix dresses used in some concerts are also on display.

The prize ends in Room 8, or the Chapel of the Doge: here are on display two real pieces of music history.

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