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“A History of Modern Italy” by author Anthony L Cardoza

Transformation and Continuity, 1796 to the Present”

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Author Anthony Cardoza will be interviewed by Professor Franco Andreucci, former Professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa

A History of Modern Italy addresses the question of how Italy’s modern history–from its prolonged process of nation-building in the nineteenth century to the crises of the last two decades–has produced a paradoxical blend of hyper-modernity and traditionalism that sets the country apart in the broader context of Western Europe.

Anthony L. Cardoza is a Professor of Modern European History at Loyola University Chicago, with a research specialization in nineteenth and twentieth century Italy and Fascism. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1969, and his Ph.D in History from Princeton University in 1975, before accepting a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1976. He is the author or co-author of five books on Italian history. His Agrarian Elites and Italian Fascism: The Province of Bologna, 1901-1926 (Princeton, 1982), won the 1983 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies. Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility 1861-1930 (Cambridge, 1997) was awarded the American Historical Association’s 1998 Marraro Prize for the best book in any area of Italian and Italian-American history. Cardoza is also the author of Benito Mussolini: The First Fascist (Pearson-Longman, 2006) and co-authored with Geoffrey Symcox The History of Turin/La Storia di Torino (Einaudi, 2008), in addition to The History of Modern Italy: Transformation and Continuity (Oxford, 2018).

Franco Andreucci has been a professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in 2013. He has also been a visiting professor in Barcelona, Marburg, Chicago, as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His scholarship explores European political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interests in the fields of the history of socialism, Marxism, and German social democracy. He is the author of several articles and books on these topics, including his latest work, Da Gramsci a Occhetto. Nobiltà e miseria del Partito comunista italiano 1921-1991, Pisa, Della Porta Editori, 2014.

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The Works of Angelo Corrubia

Watch for more information about a private tour of the special exhibition of the works of Angelo Corrubia by Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton

Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton is the Curator of Fine Art Collections at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Dunn-Morton received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Delaware with research on American Neoclassical sculpture and art patronage in St. Louis.

After serving as Docent and Tour Programs Manager at the Delaware Art Museum, Julie joined the Mercantile staff in 2002. Here her exhibition credits include Missouri Splendor: St. Louis Artists and the Landscape (2006), Billy O’Donnell: Painting Missouri (2008), One Artist’s Journey: The Life and Work of James Godwin Scott (2009) and Selections from the St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum (2015). In 2007 she authored 160 Years of Art at the St. Louis Mercantile Library: A Handbook to the Collections; a revised edition of the handbook is forthcoming in 2021. She continues research for a catalogue raisonné. She continues research for a catalogue raisonné of the works of Frederick Oakes Sylvester.

We will be scheduling a special tour of the exhibition at the Library in late October or early November.  Watch for more information.

ABOUT THE ARTIST, ANGELO CORRUBIA

As a young man in Italy, Corrubia developed his early interest in art by sketching the
classical architecture that surrounded him. This exhibition will display Corrubia’s work while living in St. Louis in the 1930s. His sensitive eye saw the beauty in St. Louis buildings, both old and new, even when their condition reflected the economic hardships of the Depression era. These works reflect both the artistic traditions of Corrubia’s Italian heritage and the aesthetic of his artistic colleagues in St. Louis, where he was an active part of the local and regional art community.

Corrubia’s career as an architect also brought him deserved fame and notoriety. Of
specific interest to the Italian-American community, he designed St. Ambrose Church and the Sacred Heart Convent (aka The Villa).

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“La Traviata” at Opera Theatre

Enjoy a highlight of the St. Louis Opera Theatre season with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” May 19 – June 23 at the Loretto-Hilton Center.  In the opera, Violetta has one important rule:  Never fall in love.  She insists on her freedom.  Then she meets Alfredo, and things get complicated.  It’s a Verdi masterpiece and includes the directing debut of star soprano Patricia Racette.  Dining available on landscaped grounds before the show.  (Order there, or bring your own).  Meet the cast in a special tent after the performance.  All productions in English.  More information/tickets at www.opera-stl.org  or the Box Office at (314) 961-0644.   The Loretto-Hilton Center is located at 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves.

Enjoy a highlight of the St. Louis Opera Theatre season with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” May 19 – June 23 at the Loretto-Hilton Center.  In the opera, Violetta has one important rule:  Never fall in love.  She insists on her freedom.  Then she meets Alfredo, and things get complicated.  It’s a Verdi masterpiece and includes the directing debut of star soprano Patricia Racette.  Dining available on landscaped grounds before the show.  (Order there, or bring your own).  Meet the cast in a special tent after the performance.  All productions in English.  More information/tickets at www.opera-stl.org  or the Box Office at (314) 961-0644.   The Loretto-Hilton Center is located at 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves.

by: Annette M. Graebe

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Luca Stricagnoli Coming to Indianapolis on May 17th, 2018

Luca Stricagnoli, Calum Graham

Luca Stricagnoli

Luca Stricagnoli, born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 60 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe.

His debut single received over 14 million hits on YouTube and Facebook in just a couple of weeks — an especially impressive feat for an instrumental music video.

Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, Luca continually leaves his audiences in awe and wondering what’s next for the up-and-coming guitarist. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world.

Although it has only been a year and a half since Luca started playing concerts, he has already performed in a vast multitude of countries.

In Italy, Luca played at the “Dopofestival” in Sanremo, after an invitation from Italian composer Vittorio Cosma. He was even deemed “a phenomenon” by the well-known Gialappa’s Band. Luca has also performed for the main national TV and Radio in his current residing-place of Germany, such as RTL, SWR1 and SWR4.

Luca shared the stage with several big names of the acoustic guitar world during the International Guitar Night tour. These names included the founder of the Latin-Swing style Lulo Reinhardt, grammy-nominated musician and inventor of the Slide Guitar Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, and Brazilian guitarist and composer Chrystian Dozza. He has also been a guest artist for Italian musical legends such as “New Trolls – La Storia” and “Davide Van De Sfroos”.

Throughout his career, Luca’s music has been published by countless magazines and has grabbed the attention of world-famous artists such as the band “Walk Off The Earth”. The band even published Luca’s work on their Facebook page, obtaining more than eight million views on a single video.

Luca is currently working on a new release in which he explores even more approaches to guitar playing and debuts a new guitar that he created with Davide Serracini, all while discovering what the custom instrument has to offer the world of music. The album tour, featuring special guest Meg Pfeiffer, will cross over ten countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

“Every so often, a musician emerges who, in terms of depth of expression, advances a style so much that the way we listen changes forever. In rock, Derek Trucks comes to mind as an example. Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli embodies such a shift. He employs right-hand fretting, altered tunings, and partial capos in the spirit of Preston Reed and Kaki King, yet, like Trucks, he’s playing at a higher level.”

For tickets click here: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1634844-luca-stricagnoli-calum-graham-indianapolis/?utm_source=tw1&utm_medium=pre

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Union Avenue Opera Presents: Nabucco July 27th through August 4th

Nabucco

Friday, July 27, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Friday, July 27, 2018 – 8:00 pm 

Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 8:00 pm 

Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 3, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 3, 2018 – 8:00 pm 

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Nabucco
Directed by Mark Freiman
Conducted by Stephen HargreavNabucco, King of Babylon, seizes control of Jerusalem in his war with the Israelites. Meanwhile, his daughter Fenena and her half-sister Abigaille are both in love with Ismaele, the nephew of the King of Jerusalem. War rages on between Babylon and Jerusalem. Abigaille, thinking to stop the warring once and for all, tells Ismaele that she will save his people if he vows to love her and not Fenena. When he denies her, Abigaille ruthlessly plans to take down the kingdom, claim Nabucco’s throne, and kill all the imprisoned Israelites.

 Not since Wagner’s Ring cycle has Union Avenue Opera presented a show with such epic splendor. Experience some Verdi’s grandest orchestral and choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring “Va, pensiero” chorus. 

 

Copyright © 2018  Union Avenue Opera

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The Sistine Chapel Choir Coming to St Louis

The angelic voices of the Sistine Chapel Choir have garnered critical acclaim and recognition as they travel and perform around the globe. Through its liturgical music, the Choir communicates a message of peace and closeness among people, even if they are of other faiths or other religious confessions.

“The Sistine Chapel Choir is delighted and honored to embark on our historic first U.S. national tour,” said Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella, who leads the Sistine Chapel Choir. “We are excited to experience the many great cities we will visit and look forward to sharing our cutting-edge research and study of Renaissance music, directly from the archives of the Sistine Chapel, preserved in the Vatican Library, to audiences across America.”

Date: July 9, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Pricing: 

Everyone must have a ticket, regardless of age.
Prices are subject to change.

Print-Your-Own tickets will not be delivered until 3 days after the general on-sale date.

TICKET TYPE TICKET PRICE
Orchestra Pit $225.00
Premium Orchestra $225.00
Front Orchestra $225.00
Mid Orchestra I $225.00
Center Mezzanine $225.00
Mid Orchestra II $150.00
Side Mezzanine $150.00
Lower Balcony $150.00
Rear/Side Orchestra $80.00
Middle Balcony $80.00
Upper Balcony $80.00
Orchestra Corners $50.00
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The Venetian Carnevale: History, Paintings and Masks

Italian Club of St. Louis February Meeting
Wednesday, February 21 6:30 pm
Favazza’s Banquet Center
$30 members/$35 non-members

The Venetian Carnevale:  History, Paintings and Masks 

Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University

 

 

 

 

Venice is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable cities of the world. She has been called La Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” and “City of Canals.” And, whether one visited 500 years ago or yesterday, you quickly learn that Venice is the European capital for Carnevale celebrations.

Carnevale in Venice is like no other experience. Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University, will present the origins of the Carnevale celebrations as well as examine aspects of visual culture: paintings and masks. With Venetian paintings she will illustrate the Carnevale sins of seeking sexual pleasures, gambling, drinking, and throwing eggs. Often these activities were conducted while wearing a mask to hide one’s true identity. Through the years the tradition of wearing masks, often based on Commedia dell’arte characters, evolved into a popular art form which still thrives in today’s world.

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