The Music School of Delaware opens its Cultural Crossroads Series on Nov. 3 at 3:00 pm with a program celebrating the dance, food, language and music of Italian culture. The program, entitled “Sprezzatura,” features interactive workshops, a concert of Italian-themed and inspired music, and a visual art exhibit by a renowned Italian artist. Prior to the concert, attendees may participate in a series of three 20-minute workshops (admission to workshops is free), which include:
- Italian Folk Dance – Learn basic steps of the tarantella, an Italian folk dance. During the concert, volunteers can dance a tarantella onstage accompanied by the Music School’s faculty guitar trio.
- Italian Cuisine – Learn to create authentic Italian coffee and salad dressing. Workshop to be led by Simeone Tartaglione, conductor of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra.
- Italian Language – Learn easy and practical Italian phrases.
A one-hour concert follows the workshop. The Music School’s Faculty Guitar Trio will perform a diverse set of Italian music, including a set of Italian Renaissance pieces from the 14th-16th Centuries; the theme from the classic “Spaghetti Western,” The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly; ending with an original tarantella composed by guitar faculty Chris Braddock and Doug Seth. Continuing the performances will be a group of faculty vocalists presenting scenes from three famous Italian language operas.
The highlight of the concert features the performance of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin by violinist Alessandra Cuffaro. Originally published in 1819, these pieces are a mainstay of violin repertoire, written to exploit nearly every technical challenge of the instrument. Cuffaro is one of a few artists to have recorded all 24 of the Caprices. These musical pieces are connected to the featured visual art exhibition by Mario Passarello, who has depicted each of the Caprices in a visual art exhibit. Several of Passarello’s original pieces will be on display, and replicas of each work are available.
After the concert, the Music School invites attendees to join a post-concert benefit dinner at Tutto Fresco Italian Restaurant on Philadelphia Pike. Information about the benefit dinner will be available at the performance, and proceeds benefit the Music School.