To recall the Unity of our Nation within the context of a broader reflection means to reflect on the historical events and the sacrifice, including human sacrifice, which were the price paid for unification; it means to rejoice in the wealth of our cultural heritage and to become its spokespersons.
That is why we are celebrating 150 years of Italian Unity with the Festival of Spirituality.
The Italy which we are proud to celebrate is not only the Italy that has been, but also the Italy that is (and will continue to be) capable of developing: an ongoing process of construction, a project for the acceptance of diversity, of solidarity; a project brought to life by the freedom of courageous and sincere spiritual enquiry, a place that welcomes all those who believe in human dignity and happiness, and express values which provide comfort, cohesion and solidarity in the midst of diverse opinions and beliefs.
Debate on the theme of a "promised land", exile, acceptance, or rejection in another society. Speakers will include representatives of 4 major religions. Reading of selected poems from "Fratelli di terra"
A tribute to Giosuč Carducci
by Michele Di Martino
directed and performed by Pamela Villoresi
original music by Luciano Vavolo
keyboards Marco Bucci
clarinet Nicola Innocenti
violin Angela Savi
cello Elisabetta Sciotti
flute, guitar Luciano Vavolo
Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1906, Giosuč Carducci was the poet of the first decades of Italian Unity. This performance is a tribute to his brilliant literary creativity.
Sacred Cantata in 9 movements for soprano, narrator, choir and orchestra
text from the Vth century "Passio Caeciliae"
music by Marco Frisina
orchestra Divinamente Festival of New York
choir Schola Cantorum on Hudson
choirmaster Deborah King
soprano Marta Vulpi
narrator David Sebasti
conductor Flavio Emlio Scogna
First national performance
Cecilia, daughter of a noble Roman family, was martyred in the late 2nd century. This is the story told in the ancient text of the Passio Caeciliae, set to music by Monsignor Frisina.
directed by Gianluca Barbadori
choreography by Olivia Kwong
set design by Lorenzo Banci and Federico Biancalani
costumes by Celeste Generoso
music by Ljupco Konstantinov and traditional Chinese music
lighting by Roberto Innocenti
with Shi Yang Shi, Patrizio Pierattini, Olivia Kwong and Marta Bozzano, Chen Zhe, Bernardino Gasperi, Hua Qiuxiu, Huang Miaomiao, Ke Zhoujun, Zhang Xiuzhong, Yang Yanmei, Malia Zheng
First national performance
Based upon and ancient Chinese legend, the show reflects on good and evil and the duality that co-exists in each person and in the relationship between people in the attempt to create integration and interaction with the Chinese community of Prato. All takes place in an unspecified setting where the inhabitants are of Chinese descent and the spoken language, mandarin.
Concert by the Choir of the
Tempio Maggiore of Rome
conducted by Claudio Di Segni
and featuring the hazan of Rome Alberto Funaro
and organist Federico Del Sordo
The Temple Choir makes its contribution to the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian Unity with a concert of liturgical music in the Roman tradition.
Founded in 1961, the purpose of the IIC is to strengthen the cultural links between Italy and the USA by promoting academic exchanges, organizing visual arts exhibitions, sponsoring the translation of Italian books, promoting Italian studies, music, dance, cinema, theater, architecture and literature.
L’IIC e’ stato fondato nel 1961 con l’intento di rafforzare i legami culturali tra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti attraverso la promozione e la sponsorizzazione di eventi relativi all’ambito musicale, della danza, cinema, teatro, architettura e letteratura.
St. Cecilia Church has served as a spiritual beacon to East Harlem for more than a century. Located in the heart of El Barrio on East 106th Street, this cherished landmark is known for its handsome architecture and historic role ministering to the diverse populations who settled East Harlem. The parish invites all to worship and participate in our many events and activities. Community services include a food pantry, Narcotics Anonymous, Justicia en el Barrio, HIV Momentum Project, and more.
Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.
The Museum, located on Park Avenue and 70th Street in New York City, is known for its Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection of masterpiece-quality traditional Asian works and for its cutting-edge Contemporary Art Collection of videos and new media art by Asian and Asian American artists.
Created as a living memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust, the Museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives—cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today. New generations are taught how to recognize and fight contemporary instances of injustice and oppression.