Sculptor, architect, painter, playwright, and scenographer, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the last of the universal geniuses of early modern Italy, placed by both contemporaries and posterity in the same exalted company as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. And Bernini's artistic vision remains palpably present today through the countless statues, fountains, buildings and other works of his design that transformed Rome into the Baroque theater that continues to enthral tourists today. No other artist has left so large, so enduring and so delightful a mark on Rome as Bernini, who easily counts as one of the most influential artists of European history.
In his lecture Franco Mormando, author of the first English-language biography of the artist, will give us a guided tour of Bernini's long, dramatic life (private and public) and his equally fascinating Rome. Tina Chancey (viola da gamba, renaissance violin) and Anthony Harvey (theorbo) will perform a selection of music from Bernini's time.
Giovanni Bassano (1558-1617) -Divisions on Frisque et Gaillarde
Alessandro Piccinini (1566 –ca. 1638) -Variations on Une Jeune Fillette
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) - Canzona for Basso Solo
Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657-1743)- Sonata
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Adagio, Largo, Allegro Opus. V #5
*ABOUT COVER IMAGE: Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Self-portrait, c. 1623 - Galleria Borghese, Rome
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is Professor of Italian in the Dept. of Romance Languages at Boston College. Born and raised in Manhattan, he received his B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. (Italian lit.) from Harvard University. Author of various interdisciplinary studies on Italian literature and history, popular religion and sermons, he has lectured extensively on the art and culture of early modern Italy at various universities and museums including the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
In 1999 he was principal curator of the Boston Caravaggio exhibition, Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image. His book, The Preacher's Demons: Bernardino of Siena and the Social Underworld of Early Renaissance Italy
(University of Chicago Press, 1999) was awarded the Marraro Prize for Excellence in Italian historical scholarship by the American Catholic Historical Association. His annotated English translation and critical edition of Domenico Bernini’s Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
(1713) was published in Spring 2011, followed in October 2011 by his own biography of Bernini entitled, Bernini: His Life and His Rome
(University of Chicago Press) and representing the first English-language account of the artist’s private life and public career.
In September 2005, in recognition of his achievements in the promotion of the Italian language and culture, Prof. Mormando was inducted by the Republic of Italy into its honorary Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana
with the title of "Cavaliere."
(viola da gamba, renaissance violin) is a founding member and director of HESPERUS. She plays medieval fiddles, viola da gamba and renaissance, Old Time and Irish violin on roots music from Sephardic and blues to early music and jazz standards. Her particular specialty is the five-stringed pardessus de viole; she was awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts to present debut concerts on the pardessus at Carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center, and has recorded for Dorian and Golden Apple. A member of Toss the Feathers, Trio Sefardi, and a duo with storyteller Jon Spelman, she is a former member of the Folger Consort, the rock band Blackmore’s Night and the multi-media music theater ensemble QUOG. She teaches, performs, records, improvises, produces recordings, writes articles and directs the SoundCatcher workshops teaching musicians how to play by ear and improvise. The Versatile Viol is her series of three CDs featuring the viol in Scots-Irish music, in French baroque music, and in American traditional music. Dr. Chancey has been given a Special Education Achievement Award by Early Music America and two Wammies for best classical instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association.
(theorbo) performs regularly as soloist and as a continuo player on theorbo and baroque lute. He currently performs with his ensemble, Corda Nova, based in Washington, DC. Mr. Harvey has served on the faculty at Washington College where he taught lute, musicology, and co-directed the early music consort. He Currently Co-Directs the Shenandoah Collegium, the early music ensemble of James Madison University. He has performed with some of the leading early music ensembles in America such as Chatham Baroque, Modern Musick, and The Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Vermillian and has performed in concert at The Boston Early Music Fesitval. He has also collaborated in concert with internationally acclaimed soloists Charles Humphries (counter tenor), Richard Stone (baroque lute), and Gwyn Roberts (traverso), and John Moran (baroque cello), and Frances Blaker. Mr. Harvey holds multiple degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied theorbo and baroque lute with Richard Stone.