WHAT MAKES IT ITALIAN? Music + Art | Casa Italiana Zerilli / Marimò


"What Makes It Italian?" is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone.
Participation is free.
The group is led by Gina Crusco, who has also guided listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y; acted as maestro del coro for opera in Italy; instructed music at The New School; and directed Underworld Productions.
Please email ginacrusco@gmail.com to confirm your attendance and receive an invitation link.


Spring 2023 Schedule

What seems indescribable in music is often easy to name in the visual arts. So each session in this series we explore four works: a pairing of an Italian painting with a musical work, and a similar pair from outside of Italy. Discovering riches from painters like Sandro Botticelli, Guido Reni, Francois Boucher, and Vanessa Bell, and composers like Girolamo Frescobaldi, Joseph Bologne, Edward Elgar and Dominick Argento, we define more clearly “What Makes it Italian.”

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00pm
Quattrocento: Italian and Flemish

Tuesday, February 28, 6:00pm
Cinquecento: Italian and German

Tuesday, March 7, 6:00pm
Seicento: Italian and Dutch

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00pm
Settecento: Italy and France

Tuesday, March 21, 6:00pm
Modern World: Italian and English

Tuesday, March 28, 6:00pm
In our Lifetime: Italy and the USA