Southern Italian Piano Project
With Alexis Zingale
The Southern Italian Piano Project rediscovers and performs underrepresented piano music of southern Italy from the Baroque era to the current day.
Francesco Cilea – Suite Antica, Op. 42: III. Capriccio
From an American perspective: 87% of Italian-Americans are of southern Italian origin, from the enormous wave of immigration triggered by the Risorgimento. Yet in the culture of Italian-Americans, classical music of the south has not become part of the fabric of heritage. From a broader perspective: The neglect of composers from southern Italy had much to do with history; the Italian South continues to be impacted negatively by the Risorgimento. The Southern Italian Piano Project seeks to change the narrative and ensure that the lesser-known composers from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, both before and after the Risorgimento, attract the attention and respect given other composers in the canon of classical music.
Our Vision & Mission
The vision of the Southern Italian Piano Project is to expand the canon of western classical music to include unfairly underrepresented composers from the south of Italy.
The Southern Italian Piano Project’s mission is to bring underrepresented music of southern Italian composers to live performance via researching and performing programs for a variety of audiences, and to continue to research piano repertoire and pianistic traditions of southern Italy.
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Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:00pm, Spaghetti Supper Concert Series at Long Hill United Methodist Church, 6358 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611. Free (donations to Long Hill UMC concert series gladly accepted). Abridged version of full program with discussion of the repertoire presented. https://www.longhillumc.com/
Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 7:30pm, Garner Hall at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515. Free. This performance is made possible with support from the Stutzman Family Foundation. https://www.southernct.edu/academics/music/events
Friday, April 14, 2023, 7:30pm, Marian Chapel at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Free.
Friday, April 21, 2023, 7:00pm, Teaching Artist Concert at Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven, CT 06510. Free. With Larry Zukof and Roz Morley, featuring a program of all Italian music. At all times, masks must be worn by audience members attending NMS performances and large events.
Friday, May 20, 2022, 8:00pm, Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St., New York, NY – $25 via Eventbrite online only, no tickets at the door – Tickets Available Now
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 2:00pm, Littlefield Recital Hall at the University of Bridgeport/Paier College of Art, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport, CT – tickets available at the door – $20 adults, $10 seniors, free with UB/Paier/Goodwin ID, or purchase tickets for $20 online on Eventbrite – Tickets Available Now
Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:30pm, Branford Evangelical Free Church, 231 Leetes Island Road, Branford, CT – tickets available at the door – $20 adults, $10 seniors/students, or purchase tickets for $20 online on Eventbrite. – Tickets Available Now
This music is MUCH needed! I’m so delighted to finally be exposed to it by such an immensely talented artist. I hope others get the chance to experience these masterpieces!
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Donors to the Southern Italian Piano Project
I can’t begin to express my immense gratitude to all the donors to the Southern Italian Piano Project, all of whom believed in me, and wanted to see my dream into reality.
Matthew Collins Jun Korenaga
Jerry Boryca Istvan Peter B’Racz Michael Buschauer Theresa Calejesan Michael Cocchi Karl Clodfelter Sirena Huang Cidalia Kettles
Sandra Koorejian Helen Ma Mark Rike Charles Sant’Elia Darwin Shen Jack W. Wagner Michelle Zingale Absent Friends
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