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Cari Amici dell'Italia,
dopo i lunghi festeggiamenti legati all'Italian Heritage Month, culminati con la presenza del Presidente Obama al Gala della Niaf a Washington, continuiamo a novembre la nostra ricca programmazione.
Vi segnalo alcuni eventi: gli incontri con Erri De Luca, il 3 novembre, e Umberto Eco, il 12 novembre, e la rassegna dedicata a Sergio Leone, organizzata dalla Harvard Film Archives a partire dal 4 novembre.
Un particolare menzione merita poi il convegno organizzato dall'Istituto di Cultura di New York e dal Centro di Studi Europei dell'Universita' di Harvard dal titolo "Recovery, Investment for Growth and Fiscal Sustainability", che si svolgera' il 17 novembre prossimo.
Non dimenticate infine di visitare, se non lo avete gia' fatto, le bellissime mostre "Un Giorno a Pompei" e "Afrodite e gli Dei dell'Amore", rispettivamente, presso il Museo delle Scienze ed il Museo di Belle Arti.
Per trovare sempre nuove informazioni sull'Italia ed il New England vi suggerisco la nostra rubrica quotidiana Italy-New England sul nostro sito web (www.consboston.esteri.it) ed il sito bostoniano.info.
Un caro saluto a tutti e buona lettura!
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Dear Friends of Italy,
After the many events linked to the Italian Heritage Month, topped by the presence of the President Obama at the NIAF Gala in Washington, we continue our rich program of events for the month of November.
I would like to point out few events: the meetings with Erri De Luca, on November 3rd, and Umberto Eco on November 12th, and also the movie retrospective dedicated to Sergio Leone, organized by the Harvard Film Archives starting on November the 4th.
A special mention goes to the conference organized by the Italian Institute of Culture of New York and by the Center for European Studies at Harvard University "Recovery, Investment for Growth and Fiscal Sustainability", which will take place next November 17.
Lastly do not forget to visit, if you have not already, the beautiful exhibitions "A Day in Pompeii" and "Aphrodite and the Gods of love", which they respectively take place at the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts.
To obtain more and new info about Italy and New England I suggest you our daily press review Italy-New England found on our website (www.consboston.esteri.it) and www.bostoniano.info.
Greetings to All and Happy reading!
Thursday, November 3 at 5.00pm Fong Auditorium
Boylston Hall - Harvard University
Erri de Luca ad Harvard
Italian novelist, translator and poet, he has been defined as "the writer of the decade" by the Corriere della Sera literature critic Giorgio De Rienzo. Erri de Luca will be presenting at Harvard "Il giorno prima della felicità", Feltrinelli, 2009 ("The day before happiness", Other Press).
Although he never stopped writing since he was 20, his first book is published in 1989, "Non ora, non qui (Not now, not here)". Many more books followed; best sellers in Italy, France and Israel, his work being translated and published in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Holland, USA, Brazil, Poland, Norway, Danmark, Romania, Greece, Lithuania, and more. He has himself translated several books of the Bible into Italian like Exodus, Jonah, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, and explored various aspects of Judaism, as a non-believer.
In France, he received the France Culture Prize in 1994 for "Aceto, arcobaleno", the Laure Bataillon Award in 2002 for Tre cavalli and, also in 2002, the Fémina Étranger for Montedidio, translated in English as God's Mountain. In 2010 he was given the German international literary Petrarca-Preis. He has been a member of the jury at the Cannes Festival in 2003.
Erri De Luca writes regularly for various newspapers (La Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Corriere della Sera, "Il Mattino", Avvenire), and magazines.
Friday, November 4 until Sunday November 13 at the
Citi Performing Arts Center
Boston Lyric Opera presents:
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Verdi, master of passionate musical excitement and creator of many of the most vivid characters in opera, slams into Shakespeare, master of almost unbearable dramatic tension and unrivalled in plumbing the depths of psychological portraiture.
The result: Macbeth- bold, terrifying, hypnotic, gripping. Music Director David Angus will lead BLO's esteemed orchestra and chorus while David Schweizer returns to BLO after last season's highly successful The Emperor of Atlantis. American soprano Carter Scott, fresh from The Lyric Opera of Chicago, debuts as Lady Macbeth. The cast features Metropolitan Opera baritone Daniel Sutin, making his BLO debut as Macbeth, bass-baritone Darren K. Stokes as Banquo (Carmen, 2009;Midsummer, 2011), and celebrated Met tenor Richard Crawley as Macduff. With David Cushing, John Irvin and Michelle Trainor.
Sung in Italian New Production
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Friday, November 4 until Sunday November 19 at the Harvard Film Archive - Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge.
Once Upon a Time...Sergio Leone
Precious few foreign artists have so thoroughly reappropriated an American cultural idiom as to make it entirely their own - the feat brilliantly achieved by Italian director Sergio Leone (1929-89) who revolutionized the Western, and later the gangster film, into deeply personal statements about history, memory and cultural mythology. A Proto-Pop artist, Leone transformed the widescreen canvas into bold collages drawing with ironic sincerity from the cinema, popular culture, history and religion. Although he directed only seven features, Leone has exerted an immeasurable influence upon the American and world cinema, with his signature bravura style ceaselessly quoted by directors from around the world - from Tarantino and Scorsese to Kusturica, Miike and Woo.
Endlessly studied and discussed, Leone's work is actually quite difficult to see. For the full dimensions of Leone's operatic vision of the past is best - and arguably only -understandable on the widescreen and with the type of excellent archival prints gathered for this exclusive HFA retrospective.
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Sunday, November 6 at 2.00pm at Grant Recital Hall - Brown University RI
Visions of Liszt festival:
Liszt and the Sound of Italy,
a lecture-recital by Kenneth Hamilton
Scottish pianist and author Kenneth Hamilton plays a program of Liszt's Italy-themed compositions, and discusses how they relate to the works of art and literature that inspired them.
Petrarch Sonnet no. 104
After a Reading of Dante ("Dante" Sonata)
Hans von Bülow, Dante's Sonnet (as transcribed by Liszt)
St Francis Walking on the Waves
Kenneth Hamilton a Scottish pianist and writer, known for his virtuoso performances of Romantic music, especially Liszt, Alkan and Busoni. His widely read book After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance (Oxford University Press, 2008) discusses the differences between the past and the present in concert life and playing styles. He is a Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham and is known to listeners of the BBC as a witty and engaging commentator on classical music and performance.
The year 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt, the Hungarian-born composer and piano virtuoso best known for such pieces as Les Préludes, Liebestraum no. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsodies, and the Sonata in B-minor. The Brown University Music Department is holding a series of events - including a film screening, a master class, a lecture-recital, and a symposium - to commemorate his music and achievements.
This festival is generously supported by the Creative Arts Council, the Peterson Concert Fund, the Department of Music, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities, with additional support from the Departments of History of Art and Architecture, Italian Studies, Slavic Languages, and Comparative Literature.
Contact: Music Department 401-863-3234
Sunday, November 6 - Wednesday, November 9 and Monday November 28, locations specified below
Conference series "The Making of Italy"
Lectures by Dr. Matteo Casini (Suffolk University) and Dr. Vincent
Cannato (University of Massachussetts) to illustrate the political,
social and cultural aspects of the Unification of Italy and its
The lectures are part of the series of events "The Making of Italy"
(March-December 2011), organized by the Galileo Legacy Foundation,
Order Sons of Italy in America-Grand Lodge of Massachussetts, and
Comitato Italiani all'Estero (COMITES), Boston.
Sunday, November 6, Suffolk University, Boston, 11:30am
"Italy from the Risorgimento to the Birth of a Nation"
Dr. Matteo Casini (Suffolk University)
Wednesday, November 9, Suffolk University, Boston, 4:00pm
"The Italian Emigration to America"
Dr. Vincent Cannato (University of Massachussetts)
Monday, November 28, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, 7:00pm
"Sicily: A Little History"
Dr. Matteo Casini (Suffolk University)
Under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy in Boston
Thursday, November 10 at 5.00pm at the
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
LAURO de BOSIS LECTURES IN THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN CIVILIZATION (final of three-lecture series)
Sergio Durante, University of Padua
Nation and Taste:
Three Lectures on Music in the Age of Italian Risorgimento
"Visions and revisions of Risorgimento Music"
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 12, 4.00pm at First Parish Unitarian Church, Boston
Umberto Eco reads from The Prague Cemetery
Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome bestselling Italian author Umberto Eco for a reading and conversation about his most recent novel, The Prague Cemetery .
Nineteenth-century Europe-from Turin to Prague to Paris-abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document?
Thursday, November 17 at starting at 10.00am until 5.30pm at Harvard University - Center for European Studies - 27 Kirkland Street, Cabot Way, Cambridge
Recovery, Investment for Growth and Fiscal Sustainability
Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and theMinda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (Harvard University) with the support of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries of Italy and in collaboration with Fondazione Rosselli of Turin, the conference will discuss the current financial situations in both Europe and the Unites States.
Unprecedented policy measures taken by major economies have limited the downturn of the economic and financial crisis and spurred recovery. However, at the global level, emerging markets are registering much stronger economic growth rates compared to industrialized economies, where weaknesses and uncertainty persist. Major developed economic areas, notwithstanding different economic outlooks, face similar challenges in terms of increasing public debt and the need for fiscal consolidation while ensuring job creation and a sustained growth path in the medium run.
The conference will expand on these ideas and more.
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Thursday, November 17, 1.00pm to 2.00pm at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
MFA Gallery Talk:
Love and Marriage in Renaissance Italy
Gallery Talk given by Marietta Cambrareri, Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Art of Europe. We will be focusing on objects used to celebrate betrothal, marriage, birth, and family life in Italy, giving a sense of the material world of the Renaissance home.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Sharf Visitor Center
Admission Free with Admission - No Ticket RequiredThis event is free with cost of admission.
Sunday, November 20 at Coolidge Corner Theatre
Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
Juan Pons stars in Nabucco, live from the Teatro Antico, Taormina, Italy, in this four-act opera, Verdi's third and the work that permanently established his reputation as a composer.
Since its construction in the 7th century B.C., the Teatro Antico's audiences have watched performances with Mt. Etna and the Ionia Sea as a stunning backdrop for the theatre's arena stage. The theatre (also called the Greek Theatre) is home to the annual summer Taormina Arte festival.
First performed at La Scala in 1842, the Biblically based story follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian king Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar).
Performance Date August 9, 2011
Cast Nabucco - Juan Pons Ismaele - Massimiliano Chiarolla Zaccaria - Francesco E. D'Artegna Abigaille - Chiara Taigi Fenena - Eufemia Tufano
Conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi
Director Enrico Castiglione.
Sunday October 2, until February 12, 2012 at the Museum of Science in Boston
A Day in Pompei
On August 24, AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under volcanic ash for over 1,700 years. On Sunday, October 2, 2011, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will explore the life and death of this thriving city in A Day in Pompeii. The 13,000-square-foot touring exhibit immerses visitors in the richness of one of the greatest archaeological treasures ever unearthed.
On exhibit October 2, 2011 - February 12, 2012, A Day in Pompeii features over 250 priceless artifacts. They include 13 wall-sized frescoes, over a dozen pieces of gold jewelry, marble and bronze statuary, gold coins, and other dazzling examples of ancient Roman artistry. Other artifacts from frying pans, fishhooks, and merchants' scales to ceramics, oil lamps, graffiti stones, and carbonized bread capture aspects of daily life. Visitors can also experience the power of volcanoes from interactive displays and learn about their victims by exploring the body casts that have immortalized them.
"Few ancient cities have been found so unchanged," says Paul Fontaine, Museum of Science vice president of education. "Our visitors will discover that what a volcano destroys it can also save. The clues that scientists and archeologists have uncovered, while helping establish modern archeology, also offer a glimpse of ancient life, from art and architecture to water engineering and entertainment, revealing remarkable ties between ancient and modern cultures. And in a very personal way, the body casts connect us directly to human beings who lived 2,000 years ago."
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|October 26 until February 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Torft Gallery 184|
Afrodite and the Gods of Love - MFA
Known today as the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, or Venus as she was known to the Romans, was one of the most powerful ancient Greek divinities and a favorite subject in ancient art. This is the first exhibition about the powerful goddess that both ancient writers and artists described as complex and even dangerous. Through the presentation of 150 Greek and Roman works of art, "Aphrodite and the Gods of Love," which includes spectacular loans from Rome and Naples, reveals the most popular ancient goddess in her roles as adulterous seductress, instigator of sexual desire, mother to mischievous Eros and sexual outliers Hermaphrodite and Priapos, patroness of brides, and much more.
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