XV Week of Italian Language in the World
XV Oct. 19-25 L’italiano della musica, la musica dell’italiano The Italian of Music, the Music of Italian Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, the Italian Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University, with the generous support of the Dante Alighieri Society, the Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan and the NOI Foundation, with the cooperation of the Com.It.Es. and organized under the auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit is pleased to P R E S E NT XV WEEK OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 Wayne State University – Romanian Room – Manoogian Hall PROGRAM: Day 1: Tuesday, October 20 11:30am - 1:30pm | Romanian Room-Manoogian Hall 11:30-11:35 Welcome and Inauguration. Prof. Anne Duggan, Chair CMLLC 11:35-11:45 Introductions. Silvia Giorgini-Althoen 11:45-12:20 “Viaggio nella musica italiana della tradizione popolare”- A Voyage within the popular tradition of Italian music. Prof. Nunzia Manicardi 12:20-12:30 Wayne State University Student Ms. Felicity Risca will sing some traditional Italian songs. 12:35-1:05 “I canti dell’emigrazione italiana” - Songs of Italian Emigration. Mr. Luca Maria Guardabascio. 1:10-1:30 Q&A & Closing Remarks Day 2: Wednesday, October 21 11:30am -1:30pm | Romanian Room-Manoogian Hall 11:30-11:35 Welcome and Introductions. Silvia Giorgini-Althoen 11:35-11:50 Wayne in Abruzzo: Our students present their experience in Abruzzo. 11:55-12:30 “Lorenzo Da Ponte: Come l'America scoprí l’opera e lingua italiane”. Lorenzo Da Ponte: How America discovered the Italian language and music. Mr. Gianni Zaretti 12:35-1:10 “La canzone d’autore italiana tra poesia dell’esistente e protesta sociale: Fabrizio De André e Francesco Guccini”. Italian Singer/Songwriters from Existentialist Poetry to Social Protest: Fabrizio De André and Francesco Guccini. Prof. Nunzia Manicardi 1:10-1:20 A group of WSU students will perform a selection of songs. 1:2 0-1:30 Q&A and Closing Remarks Please join us and enjoy some light refreshments in the French Room at the end of each day program. Biographies Dr. Luca Guardabascio Dr. Luca Guardabascio is an author and director for cinema and television. He authored and directed documentaries, movies and television shows for Italian National Broadcasting RAI TV. He promotes and teaches Italian history in Italy and the U.S. relying on the best Italian cinematic tradition. Dr. Guardabascio is a Rooney Visiting Scholar at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania and gave lectures and presentations in many Italian and international universities. In 2002, he directed the movie “Inseguito”, which has been identified as a new cinematographic genre, “Marron”: a fusion of psychological and noir mystery. He published several essays and novels. His latest novel: “Pietre sull’Oceano. La storia di Giovanni Esposito e di Joe Petrosino”, Stones over the Ocean. The story of Giovanni Esposito and Joe Petrosino, published by Historica. Dr. Nunzia Manicardi Our presenter is from Modena, Italy (home of Ferrari). She holds four degrees and is a successful writer, journalist and educator. She has authored over 50 books which are available worldwide, and has also written numerous articles. She has collaborated with several prestigious entities including UNESCO, RAI, the Italian government and national newspapers. Prof. Manicardi’s efforts were officially recognized by the government of Italy, which bestowed on her the distinction of the Order of Merit. Her writings embrace a wide variety of topics on Italian culture and tradition: the historyof car and motorbikes; eno-gastronomy, popular and classical music, craftsmanship, popular traditions. She has also written books for young adults and essays on legal thrillers. In 2007 she won the AISA Fano Price for her book on the history of cars, and she writes frequently for the website “Motor Valley.” Mr. John Zaretti Our presenter, John Zaretti, is the President and co-founder of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan/ Statue of Enrico Caruso Society, both founded in 1988. He has been actively involved in promoting operatic music, organizing exhibits and making presentations on the life of composer Giuseppe Verdi and on the history of opera at such institutions as the Italian American Cultural and Community Center in Clinton Township, Michigan, The International Institute in Detroit, the Toledo OperaMasonic Temple in Ohio, the G. Verdi Club in Amherstburg, Canada, and many other venues. Zaretti has presented concerts in cooperation with, among others, The Michigan Opera Theatre, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the La Scala Instrumental Ensemble and the Parma Opera Ensemble from Italy, together with renowned basso Michele Pertusi, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for his interpretation of Verdi's Falstaff. He established the “Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students,” now in its seventeenth year of operation, to encourage and support talented young vocalists in exploring the wonderful world of classical vocal music. John's efforts were officially recognized by the government of Italy, which bestowed on him the distinction of Cavaliere of the Order of Merit.