On Thursday, June 20, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago announced the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, at a press event in Millennium Park Room at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year-long celebration includes city-wide events planned in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), the Field Museum, University of Illinois at Chicago and the 49th Chicago International Film Fest. Silvio Marchetti, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, spoke at the luncheon with enthusiasm about the Italian arts, music and theatre that will be presented throughout the year.
Guest speaker, Maestro Riccardo Muti, stopped in before heading back to Orchestra Hall to prepare for the Verdi Bicentennial Celebration beginning that evening. The CSO and Maestro Muti celebrated Verdi’s bicentennial this past June, and will continue with additional concerts and community activities this September and October.
Maestro Muti, who’s been called the greatest living interpreter of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, regards Verdi as “a composer who expressed the most essential feelings of mankind: love, hate, friendship, jealousy-everything that reflects our life, our way of being human. Verdi was able to bring the feelings of the Italian people into a universal sphere-that’s why his music is still loved and understood by people all over the world.”
For a complete listing of upcoming events, please visit www.ItalyinUS2013.org.
Todd Rosenberg Photograph