The Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia National Academy to give a private concert on site Monday evening (Courtesy of Webuild Group)

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Genoa bridge builders splash out on private classical concert for workers

28 July 2020 | By GCR Staff | 0 Comments

Contractors building the new Renzo Piano-designed bridge in Genoa engaged the Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia National Academy to give a private concert on site Monday evening for the engineers, technicians, workers and supply chain firms who have worked on it.

The bridge replaces the Morandi Bridge that collapsed in August 2018, killing 43 people. It is nearing completion, with concrete for the bridge deck poured in June.

“Far from their families, they worked throughout the lockdown taking care to respect the strictest safety rules,” contractor Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo) said in a press release. Webuild is building the bridge in a joint venture with Fincantieri.

The concert, featuring Adagio by US composer Samuel Barber and music by Ludwig van Beethoven, was attended by the architect, Renzo Piano (Courtesy of Webuild Group)

Webuild said staff and the supply chain of 330 small- and medium-sized Italian firms “worked non-stop for 12 months to rebuild an important artery of the city and Liguria, stitching back together a tear in the social and regional fabric”.

The concert, featuring music by US composer Samuel Barber and Beethoven, was attended by the architect, Renzo Piano.

A six-metre-high plaque bearing the names of some 1,000 men and women who worked on the bridge was unveiled.

Top image: The Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia National Academy to give a private concert on site Monday evening (Courtesy of Webuild Group)