"Between Venice and the World: Gentile Bellini's Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II and Matters of Italianità"
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Where: Washington University in St Louis. Reception will be held at 4:00 pm in Goldberg Formal Lounge. Lecture to follow at 5:00 pm in Danforth University Center (DUC) 276.
Dr. Elizabeth Rodini (Ph.D., University of Chicago) most recently served as Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and Interim Director of the American Academy in Rome. Previously, she was Teaching Professor in History of Art and founding Director of the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University, where she taught for 15 years. Dr. Rodini's art historical work centers on cross-cultural encounters in the early modern period, with a particular interest in mobility, recontextualization, and the reuse of objects between Venice and the Islamic world. Her forthcoming book, On the Street of the Hidden Shops: A Metaphoric Archaeology of Rome, tells the deep history of a single city block through the stories of those who lived and worked there across 2,000 years.
Painted in 1480 at the Ottoman court in Istanbul, Gentile Bellini's famed portrait of Sultan Mehmed II has had a rich afterlife, stretching across three continents and entangled with issues ranging from authenticity to historical memory to the formulation of national patrimony. Through a close examination of the portrait and its history, including questions of style, provenance, condition, and display, we will consider different perspectives on its italianità and the ways in which that identity shifts while remaining firm.
Reception will be held at 4:00 pm in Goldberg Formal Lounge. Lecture to follow at 5:00 pm in Danforth University Center (DUC) 276.
The Rava Memorial Lecture is funded by the family of Paul and Silvia Rava and sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
La Comunità Italiana di St Louis ha il piacere di invitarvi alla VI edizione del CARNEVALE VENEZIANO - la principale festa di Carnevale in stile Veneziano a St Louis.
Data: Sabato, 17 Febbraio, 2024
Luogo: 8195 Lackland Rd. St Louis, Missouri 63114
Location: La sala ricevimenti privata di Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Jost, con area di 2,500 sq. ft. e una pista da ballo professionale, è stata generosamente messa a disposizione per l'evento. Si ringrazia la famiglia Jost, tra i maggiori benefattori della Comunita' Italiana di St Louis, per l'ospitalità.
17.00 - apertura
17.15 - giochi e lavoretti per i bambini con le babysitters
18.30 - cena
19.00 - musica e apertura della pista da ballo
19.30 - premiazione dei costumi dei bambini
21.00 - premiazione dei costumi degli adulti
21.15 - lotteria
23.00 - chiusura
***Sono consigliati costumi in stile delle maschere Veneziane e tradizionali***
$10 - Adulti
Partecipazione gratuita per bambini al di sotto di 12 anni
Biglietti in vendita attraverso Venmo @Giovanna-Leopardi o chiamando Giovanna Leopardi: (314) 566-3873
Il biglietto include: due bevande alcoliche (vino o birra), due analcolici o bibite, pasta cucinata dallo Chef Alessandro Valentino, chiacchiere (crostoli) preparati al momento dallo Chef Alessandro Valentino. Per chi non lo sapesse, le chiacchiere sono il dolce tipico di carnevale.
***Tutti sono invitati a portare un piatto o una bevanda da condividere***
Miglior maschera/costume dei bambini (sotto gli 11 anni)
Miglior maschera/costume ragazzi (12 - 17 anni)
Miglior maschera/costume adulti (sopra i 18 anni)
Avremo una lotteria a favore della Comunità Italiana di St Louis con premi per tutte le età
"PHOTO BOOTH" / SCENARIO PER LE FOTO A TEMA VENEZIANO
Avremo un'area dedicata alle foto, con accessori e uno sfondo a tema del Carnevale Veneziano
Buone notizie per i genitori che vogliono "staccare per la serata" ma portare i bambini! Avremo un'intera area dedicata ai bambini, con giochi, lavoretti (e.g. creare la propria maschera di Carnevale!) e tre babysitter dedicate e responsabili che intratterranno i bambini permettendovi di godervi la serata!
Per informazioni o per sponsorizzare l'evento, contattare Michael Cross al numero (225) 239-3897 o mandare un'email a firstname.lastname@example.org
You are cordially invited to St Louis' 6th Annual CARNEVALE VENEZIANO - the Premier Venetian Masquerade Party in St Louis.
When: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Where: 8195 Lackland Rd. St Louis, Missouri 63114
About the location: We are excited to have at our disposal Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Jost's private banquet hall with a 2,500 sq. ft. professional ballroom dance floor. The Jost family is a major donor of the Italian Community and we thank them for their generosity.
5:00pm - doors open
5:15pm - games/crafts for kids (babysitters provided)
6:30pm - dinner
7:00pm - music begins/dance floor opens
7:30pm - kids costume prizes
9:00pm - adult costume prizes
9:15pm - raffle
11:00pm - close
***Venetian style masquerade masks and/or costumes are strongly encouraged***
$10 - Adults
Free Admission for children 12 and under
Purchase your ticket via Venmo @Giovanna-Leopardi or call Giovanna Leopardi: (314) 566-3873
Purchase of an adult ticket includes: two alcoholic beverages (wine or beer), two non-alcoholic beverages, freshly made pasta dishes made by Chef Alessandro Valentino, and made-on-the-spot chiacchiere (crostoli) by Chef Alessandro Valentino. For those who are unfamiliar, this is the famous dessert that is customary during Carnevale all throughout Italy.
***We highly encourage all to bring a dish or drink to share***
Best Kids Mask/Costume (ages 11 and under)
Best Teen Mask/Costume (ages 12 to 17)
Best Adult Mask/Costume (ages 18 and older)
We will have a raffle to support the Italian Community of St Louis with fun prizes for all ages.
VENETIAN PHOTO BOOTH BACKDROP
We will have a photo area with Venetian Carnevale backdrop and fun props.
For those bringing your children but still want to "get away for the evening", have no fear!!! We have an entire area dedicated to kids with games and crafts (i.e.: kids can make their own Carnevale masks!) and three dedicated and responsible babysitters who will allow you to enjoy the evening!
For inquiries or to sponsor this event please call Michael Cross at (225) 239-3897 or send an email to: email@example.com
The Italian Community of St Louis invites you to the Cinema St. Louis presentation of the film concert Tigre Reale (1916), with a live performance by Italian musicians Stefano Maccagno (piano) and Furio Di Castri (double bass).
When: Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm
Where: Hi-Pointe Theatre
Language: silent, with Italian intertitles and English subtitles
Tigre Reale, a silent film made by Giovanni Pastrone in 1916, is a poem about the power of love and the destructiveness of memory, the cliché of the femme fatale, and the obsession with guilt. Over the troubled love story between the Russian countess Natka and the young diplomat Giorgio La Ferlita, weighs the tragic past of the woman. In the sweetened and rarefied world of a fictional aristocracy, unattainable Dannunzian characters are driven by extreme passions. The film becomes a luxurious stage for the divine Pina Menichelli, who offers here a symbolic interpretation of the excessive and artificial acting that marks and distinguishes some of Italy’s silent cinema.
The music score harmoniously combines jazz and a classical-inspired musical language offering the audience a musical experience distant but at the same time perfectly matching the film’s flow. Stefano Maccagno’s piano echoes late romantic and impressionistic influences in combination with an always balanced contemporary touch emphasizing the film’s dramatic tension. Furio Di Castri’s jazz scores wonderfully match all interior sequences while his solo improvisations give the film narration an intriguing atmosphere.
Our friends at Vicini Pastaria are presenting a Regional Italian Wine Course with Mini Cooking Classes.
Vicini Pastaria (1916 Park Ave in Lafayette Square, St. Louis)
$55/class or $405 for entire 9 class series (registration is transferrable)
Every other Wednesday, 6-8:30pm, Jan 24th-May 15th
In-depth 9 week course beginning with an Intro to Italian wine study & classification in week 1, followed by 8 regional classes each exploring the wines and a signature dish from that region of Italy.
Each class in the 9 class course includes:
• In-depth wine education and tasting led by certified sommelier, Meredith Sutch, CSW of Tavolo Vigneto imports
• Brief demonstration-style cooking class (led by executive chef, Dawn Wilson) of an Italian dish specific to that week's featured region. Taste portions of the finished dish will be provided.
• Antipasti to snack on throughout class
• All recipes & handouts
• All students will receive a 10% discount off all purchases the evening of the class (excluding beverages to be consumed on-site).
• Students registered for the entire 9 class course will receive a 10% discount off all RETAIL wine purchases from Jan 24th-May 15th (applicable to retail wine purchases only; excludes wine to be consumed on-site).
SCHEDULE (Every other Wednesday, 6-8:30pm)
Week 1, Jan 24th: Intro to Italian wine study and classification
Week 2, Feb 7th: Veneto & Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
Week 3, Feb 21st: Trentino-Alto Adige & Lombardy
Week 4, March 6th: Piedmont
Week 5, March 20th: Valle d'Aosta & Alto Piemonte
Week 6, April 3rd: Tuscany
Week 7, April 17th: Abruzzo/Marche/Emilia-Romagna
Week 8, May 1st: Southern Italy (Calabria/Basilicata/Campania)
Week 9, May 15th: Italian islands
The Sheldon Concert Hall presents Benedetta Orsi, mezzosoprano and Alla Voskoboynikova in Musica d'INcanto on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:30pm. Discover the enchanting sounds of Italy with music by Bellini, Donizetti, Mercadante, Mascagni, and Rota. Enjoy favorites: Core 'ngrato, Torna a Surriento, Non ti scordar di me, and more!
For tickets, please visit: www.thesheldon.org
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at The Danforth Center 1005 North Warson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63132
Presented by the U.S. Commercial Service, the Missouri District Export Council, and the Italian Business Association of St Louis
Gain first-hand knowledge of the business landscape and opportunities for St Louis companies in Italy.
Hon. Tracy Roberts-Pounds
U.S. Consulate General Naples, Italy
A St. Louis native and graduate of Washington University, Ms. Roberts-Pounds is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has been with the State Department since 2000.
The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities proudly invites you to its 5th Annual Italian Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held at Webster University's Community Music School Concert Hall in Webster Groves. The address is of the venue is: 535 Garden Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63119
Listen to the magnificent repertoire of Christmas and Holiday classics with internationally renowned mezzo-soprano and Bologna native, Benedetta Orsi. Italian, international, and American holiday classics will be performed. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind performance featuring musicians of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra the St Louis Women's Chorale with over 40 voices on stage!
The concert features the following international artists:
BENEDETTA ORSI, mezzosoprano
GAIL HINTZ, piano
JESSICA PLATT, violin
RANDY GINDLER, percussions
VINCENT VARVEL, guitar
THE ST. LOUIS WOMEN'S CHORALE, featuring Janelle Pierce
and young artist AYLA LUTZELER, soprano
Tickets are $25 per person.
Student Tickets: $15
Ages 10 and younger are free.
($20 tickets for members of Club Italiano Per Piacere)
Online ticket sales will end at 1pm on December 9th. After that time, concert tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final.
Tickets are available by on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benedetta-orsi-friends-5th-annual-christmas-concert-tickets-717441004357
For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The concert is sponsored by The World Trade Center-St. Louis, Arteco Global, Nooter/Eriksen, Italian Citizenship Assistance, Mr. Giorgio Bucci, Mr. Timothy Keeley, Dr. Mitchell Rotman, Mr. Piero Scapini, Cav. Franco Giannotti, and Webster University's Community School of Music.
St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities Board of Directors
Michael Cross - President
Elizabeth Bernhardt, PhD - Vice-President
Giovanna Leopardi - Secretary
Kristine Galati - Treasurer
Benedetta Orsi - Officer
Cav. Franco Giannotti - Officer
The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities, founded in 1987, fosters mutually beneficial relations in art, music, culture, economic development, and education between the cities of St Louis and Bologna, Italy. For more information, visit:
La comunità italiana di St Louis vi invita a partecipare alla festa di Thanksgiving! Sabato, il 18 novembre alle ore 16,00 siete tutti cordialmente invitati alla nostra cena di Friendsgiving, dove potrete incontrare molti connazionali italiani e tanti amici amanti della cultura italiana.
La cena sarà in stile tradizionale di Thanksgiving dove gli organizzatori cucineranno un lussuoso tacchino, purè di patate, ripieno, e un grande fusto di birra da condividere. Chiediamo cortesemente agli invitati di contribuire portando un piatto di 6-8 porzioni. Per praticità, si prega di registrare il piatto da portare secondo la lista “what to bring” in allegato all’invito.
Acqua e birra sono incluse ma siete liberi di portare vino o altre bevande preferite da condividere. Bambini al di sotto di 13 anni mangiano gratis ma chiediamo un simbolico contributo di $5.00 a persona per coprire una piccola porzione dei costi. Il pagamento dovrà essere effettuato in anticipo altrimenti non sarà possibile contare i partecipanti e, di conseguenza, non saranno ammesse persone che non avranno effettuato il pagamento.
Il versamento potrà essere fatto al seguente conto Venmo: @Giovanna-Leopardi Per coloro che non avessero Venmo, potete contattare Giovanna al seguente numero per il pagamento: 314-566-3873
In conclusione, questo evento è aperto a tutti, grandi e piccini. Alcune delle nostre più giovani volontarie si occuperanno di intrattenere i più piccoli con alcuni giochi e attività molto divertenti.
I più fortunati, avranno l’opportunità di vincere favolosi cesti natalizi ricchi di cose belle e buone!
The Italian Community of St Louis invites you to Friendsgiving 2023, Italian edition!
On Saturday, November 18th at 4:00 PM, you are invited to attend a potluck dinner with all of your Italian and Italian culture affiliated friends in St Louis. The address is: 8195 Lackland Rd. St Louis, Missouri 63114.
The core of the meal will be a traditional American style Thanksgiving dinner. The organizers of the event will be providing turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a keg of beer to share.
Adults are requested to bring a dish to feed approximately 6 to 8 people. Please sign up for any items in the “what to bring list” which can be found in the following link: https://www.evite.com/event/01FCCPOUTWBCFIOQQEPOPNE52YCLBA
Beer and water will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite beverage to share with the group. Children under 13 eat free but we are asking a symbolic contribution of $5.00 per person to cover a small portion of the costs. Without advance payment people won’t be counted and therefore, will not be allowed to participate.
Funds can be sent to the Venmo account @Giovanna-Leopardi. If you don't have Venmo, please contact Giovanna at the following number for other methods of payments: 314-566-3873
Finally, this event is intended to be family friendly. We are planning on having some light entertainment for younger kids along with a few teenagers who will be there to monitor that the kids are having a good time and are playing nicely.
Also, some lucky ones will have the chance to raffle and bring home wonderful holiday baskets full of goodies!
The Italian Community of St Louis invites you to a typical Italian apericena at Vicini Pastaria in Lafayette Square on Thursday, October 26th at 7pm.
$28/person (+ tax & gratuity)
2-hour antipasti buffet (includes a bountiful spread of assorted local and imported Italian cured meats and cheeses and "fantasia della chef" - small bites from the chef's imagination)
1 glass of Prosecco OR Vino della casa (rosso or bianco).
Additional beverages will be available for purchase.
Guests will enjoy a 10% discount off purchases made the night of the event, excluding beverages consumed on-site. Discount will apply to retail bottles of wine to take home and all purchases from the pastaria, Italian/local specialty food market, and home decor shop.
There is a 20-person maximum for this event. RSVP as soon as possible to: email@example.com and a link will be sent to you to purchase your ticket.
Thanks to Chef Dawn Wilson for making this possible!