MARCH 2014 - Italian Cultural Institute of New York

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MARIO FRATTI “A Forbidden Diary” Book presentation

THU 6 6:30PM

“Diario Proibito” (A Forbidden Diary) was written in 1958. Mario Fratti was 15 years old when nine of his partisan friends were murdered by the fascist regime, in his home town of L’Aquila. “Diario Proibito” is a homage to political commitment, and first-hand memoirs of World War II. MARIO FRATTI, playwright, actor, and drama critic, is a well known figure on the literary and theatrical scene in the US. Several of his 91 plays have been translated and performed in 19 languages and have granted him many Awards. Among them, seven Tony Awards for the smash hit Broadway musical “Nine”.

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Born and raised in Messina (Sicily), Cettina Donato started playing drums at the age of 6. She has been performing since she was a child. At the age of 8 during a concert she met the Director of the Conservatory of Messina who really encouraged her to study music at the Conservatory. Cettina graduated in Classical Piano, Jazz Piano and in Musical Didactic. She also studied Classical Composition. She graduated in Social Psychology from the University of Messina and she obtained two Masters in Special Didactic. Due to her strong skills in playing all styles of music she listened by ear, Cettina not only plays classical music but pop and jazz as well. Cettina graduated from Berklee College in December 2011 majoring in Jazz Composition.

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WED 19 6:00PM

FABIO VOLO “La Strada Verso Casa” “The Road Home” Book Presentation

THU 27 6:00PM

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THU 20 6:00PM


With five million copies sold, Fabio Volo’s books have made him unquestionably one of the most acclaimed authors in Italy and a sort of miracle in a country which seems to have lost its reading culture: no one succeeded as he did at harmoniously connecting with the feelings of a “mega-generation” spanning from age twenty to forty. In this new novel, now available in the U.S., Fabio Volo tells the story of two brothers who are as opposite as they can be in both character and lifestyle. Also in e-books: “One More Day” and “Day Break”. Fabio Volo, born in Brescia in 1972, is a writer, actor, radio and TV deejay and the author of six extremely successful novels still riding high in the bestsellers charts.

The program for this concert covers some of the transcripts of the most famous Italian opera overtures. Gioacchino Rossini Ouverture from “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” Domenico Cimarosa Ouverture from “Il Matrimonio Segreto” Gioacchino Rossini Fantasy on “Il Tancredi” Ouverture from “La Cenerentola” Massimo de Bonfils, Professor at the S. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, graduated both in Violin and Viola. At thirty-one he became, in Alessandria and Novara, the youngest conservatory director in Italy. He has performed as soloist with Orchestras in three continents and is invited to be part of numerous juries of prestigious International Awards. Luca Minervino, graduated in classical guitar at Conservatory in Bari and has attended various master classes. He has quickly established himself in various national and international competitions. He has performed in New York at the Bronxville Women’s Club and also in St. Petersburg at the Italian Cultural Institute.

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GOTHAM PRIZE Exhibition Opening

Gotham Prize 2012 - Winners Andrea CHIESI & Collective of artists ZIMMERFREI (Anna DE MANINCOR, Massimo CAROZZI, Anna RISPOLI). This award is a project of the Italian Cultural Institute conceived to introduce the excellence of young Italian contemporary artists in New York. The winners, selected by an international jury, have the opportunity to present their works in a personal exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. By establishing this award, ICI intends to highlight its commitment to the promotion of contemporary young Italian artists, with a careful, rigorous selection process. On view from March 27 t o April 24 Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm

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Maristella De Panizza Lorch, Professor Emerita of Italian and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Barnard College at Columbia University, has taught courses on Dante, Petrarca, Renaissance Humanism, and related topics for over fifty years. Since retiring Dr. Lorch has devoted herself to writing a semi-fictionalized memoir of her roots in the Austro-Italian Alps, her experience of the resistance in Fascist controlled Italy, her immigration to the United States as a war bride, and her subsequent development as an academic humanist, an entrepreneur, and a wife and a mother of three daughters. Her memoirs form a trilogy, of which Beyond Gibraltar is the second volume. The first book, Mamma in her Village, was published in 2005 by Ryder and Finn. Dr. Lorch is currently working on the third volume The Other Shore.

TUE 11 6:00PM

7:30 - Screening: Pietra Pesante , Storia di Nessuno

Andrea Zanzotto (1921-2011) is widely considered one of the most important Italian and European poets of the twentieth century. Zanzotto’s poetry has registered the profound social and cultural changes that have transformed postwar Italy. Patrick Barron teaches at the University of Massachusetts. He has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the Fulbright Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

MARISTELLA LORCH “Beyond Gibraltar” Book presentation


6:30 - Panel: Four Continents at the Movies: A new generation of filmmakers from Italy, New York and beyond talk about their future.

“Composed directly in English during a period of writer’s block and later ‘translated’ by the poet himself into facing semi-independent Italian versions, Andrea Zanzotto’s fascinating Haiku for a Season constitutes a singular addition to world literature: a classic poetic form handled deftly by a master innovator and one of Europe’s major poetic voices” (John P. Welle, University of Notre Dame)

WED 26 6:00PM


The award was granted in the following categories: Documentary: “Pietra Pesante” by Davide Gambino Short Film: “Storia di Nessuno” by Manfredi Lucibello Feature film: “La Strada Verso Casa” by Samuele Rossi

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ICI and NYFA celebrate the three young film directors who won the YOUNG ITALIAN FILMMAKERS AWARD 2013. They will have the opportunity to showcase their work and discuss with their peers from different countries cinema and its future.

Introduction by: Claudio Angelini, former Director of ICI, Journalist, writer Francesco Bonavita, Professor Kean University, NJ

FRI 14 6:00PM

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MON 31 6:00PM



Cesare Colafemmina (1933-2012) was a professor of Hebrew Epigraphy and Antiquities at the University of Bari, and of Hebrew Literature at the University of Calabria. His entire lifetime as a scholar was devoted to researching the presence of Jews in Southern Italy, from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Fabrizio Lelli teaches Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Salento and is presently a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia. Mauro Perani is professor of Hebrew at the University of Bologna, Italy. He is credited as having discovered the oldest known complete Torah scroll, dating from 1155-1225, kept at the University of Bologna. In collaboration with Centro Primo Levi Italian Cultural Institute Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from10:00 am to 1:00 pm from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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