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"Verdi Our Contemporary"

Italian Cultural Institute

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

"Verdi Our Contemporary"

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 The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute

Silvio Marchetti

is pleased to invite you to the following concert


"Verdi Our Contemporary"

performed by Ensemble Nuove Musiche




Wednesday, October 16th

7pm preconcert lecture by Philip Gossett

8pm concert

Performance Penthouse

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago

915 E 60th St, Chicago



Ensemble Nuove Musiche performs "Verdi Our Contemporary", a concert based on chamber lyrics by the master from Busseto and built between tradition and contemporary music. Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.


Philip Gossett, Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Chicago and acknowledged as one of the world’s leading opera scholars, will give a pre-concert lecture at 7pm, introducing the works and composers. 


The concert begins at 8pm.


This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.


This project, which debuted at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto in January 2013, took shape on the occasion of the Verdi’s Bicentennial, when the Ensemble invited seven contemporary Italian composers to revisit seven Verdian lyrics through their own compositional aesthetic. The program includes pieces by Azio Corghi, Fabrizio De Rossi Re, Marco Betta, Marcello Pusceddu, Riccardo Piacentini, Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Marco Lombardi. Some of Verdi's lyrics in their original version for voice and piano will also be featured. It is conducted by Guido Maria Guida and performed by Filippo Del Noce (flute), Roberto Bocchio (clarinet),  Francesco Ottonello (percussions), Valentina Messa (piano), Massimo Marin ( violin), Dario Destefano (cello).  On this occasion, the ensemble will collaborate with American mezzo-soprano Jaime Korkos.



The Ensemble Nuove Musiche was founded in 2010. Composer Marco Lombardi has brought together a group of musicians and performers interested in a repertoire marked by the idea of modernity, both of yesterday and today. Focused mostly on the twentieth and twenty-first century, the Ensemble makes an open reference to the new music, to those authors and works that over the centuries have marked the path of the history of music: from the Nuove Musiche by Giulio Caccini (Florence, 1602) up to the Neue Musik of Darmstadt’s Ferienkurse, through the Corporazione delle Nuove Musiche, founded by Alfredo Casella and Gian Francesco Malipiero in 1923.






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Performance Penthouse of the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CDT)

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Italian Cultural Institute

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave. Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611

Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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