Carlo Ponti Honors Mom Sophia Loren with Song
November 16, 2011
Cameras caught up with Carlo Ponti, the internationally renowned conductor, who has led the Russian National Orchestra in Neapolitan Song, a tribute to his iconic mother Sophia Loren. In the interview the classical conductor talks about his love of music, growing up the son of world-famous parents and how Sophia likes being a grandmother.
Ponti talks of growing up in the spotlight as Sophia Loren and famed Italian film producer Carlo Ponti's son, "I was fortunate enough to have parents who were very down to earth that never really made it weigh ... upon me that they were famous. they never acted in a special way. they were always very personable people. So for me I just grew up like a regular kid"
Ponti, who serves as a mentor to the Richardson High School music program in San Bernadino, CA., calls his interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov's classic, "a lively tribute to my cultural roots and to my mother who hails from a small town near Naples."
Ponti will also honor the work of his father, famed producer Carlo Ponti, by leading Ennio Morricone's celebrated Rome Sinfonietta Orchestra in a concert on December 12 in Rome. The concert will feature selections from Ponti Sr.'s films Dr. Zhivago, La Ciocara, and La Strada.
Ponti's tribute to his mother is featured on his album with the Russian National Orchestra Scherhazade out now on PentaTone Classics.