WHAT MAKES IT ITALIAN? Discovering National Character in Music | Casa Italiana Zerilli / Marimò

WHAT MAKES IT ITALIAN? Discovering National Character in Music

What Makes It Italian? Discovering National Character in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets at Casa Italiana and is open to everyone. The Spring 2020 edition begins Monday, March 23, 5:30-7pm.

Participation is free.

The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.

Recognizing that nothing moves us like live music, we are offering the option to attend and discuss concerts in New York City. If you would like to participate in one or both concerts, you will be responsible for the cost of your ticket. We hope to arrange for discounted group tickets.

Please email [email protected] for required reservations. Also email to confirm your attendance at Casa discussions.


Mon Mar 23, 5:30-7pm, Casa Italiana
Maestro Piero (1300-1350): Con dolce brama

Mon Mar 30 - 5:30-7pm, Casa Italiana
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) & Sons

Mon Apr 6 - 5:30-7pm, Casa Italiana
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) and the Lyric Prototype

Thu Apr 9 - 5:30-7pm, Casa Italiana
Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919): The Potential of Realism

Mon Apr 13 - 5:30-7pm, Casa Italiana
Gian-Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): The Unicorn

Mon Apr 20 - 5:30-7pm, Casa Italiana
Estasi di un atto: Italian Composers Today

Optional Field Trips:

Thursday, April 30 -- Quartetto Adorno
Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm
Program to include Schubert, Beethoven, and Puccini’s Crisantemi
Cost: Complimentary for What Makes it Italian participants; Registration essential.
Register by: March 30

Tuesday, May 26 -- Joyce DiDonato: My Favorite Things
with Il Pomo d’Oro
Program to include works by Monteverdi, Gluck, and Handel
Cost: $45, Dress Circle
Register by: April 9