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Center for Italian Culture presents fall programs

Posted 10/15/14

Canti e CanticiThe Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University is launching its 2014-15 programming with the third year of Canti e Cantici, including workshops, presentations and a concert focusing on Italian music and literature.

The series starts with a faculty talk on St. Francis of Assisi by Professor Rala Diakite on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m. in Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. Admission is free. Diakite, chair of the Humanities Department, will give this interdisciplinary talk on St. Francis and the continuing relevance of his thought and action. She will highlight St. Francis' revolutionary contributions regarding the problem of poverty, animals and the environment; conflict resolution; the equality of women; language innovation and popular culture.

A pair of workshops will follow on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 2 and 3:30 p.m. in Kent Recital Hall, with Italian-American soprano Maria Ferrante and Italian-born composer (and Fitchburg State faculty member) Michele Caniato. In the workshops, the pair will provide an overview of their respective work and demonstrate singing techniques, the composition process, the learning process for performers, collaboration among musicians and recital preparation. Part of the focus with be Caniato's work based on poetry by Saint Francis of Assisi. Admission is free.

The fall programming concludes with a concert entitled Una Serata di Musica Italiana (An Evening of Italian Music) on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Kent Recital Hall. Italian music from baroque to opera and film soundtracks will be performed by celebrated soprano Maria Ferrante accompanied by Pei-yeh Tsai, piano, and guest singers and instrumentalists. Admission is free.

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