Our conversation will explore Nativity tableaux by Bronzino, Domenichino, Giotto, Giovanni della Robbia, and Piero della Francesca, with musical illustrations of songs and lullabies, and the Italian folk traditions that inspired celebrated Christmas music by Bach, Berlioz, Corelli, and Handel.
About Your Expert
Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence, where she teaches BA and MA courses in the humanities. She also lectures at the British Institute, Florence, and at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena. Kate has published extensively as an academic and a journalist; she is a music critic for BBC Music and a travel writer for The Daily Telegraph, UK. Before moving to Italy permanently in 2005, she was a senior producer and broadcaster for BBC Arts & Classical Music in London and has won prestigious Jerusalem and Sony Awards for her programs. She did her M.Phil. thesis in Italy, exploring the musical culture of early Renaissance Florence.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
This seminar is a perfect and joyful Christmas gift: Kate’s expertise in music, art, and literature helps us see and hear familiar and unfamiliar works in new ways. Her uncanny knack for sharing just the right image or archival photo or clip and her graceful presentation style make this a terrific experience.
No one should miss this outstanding lecture. Kate presents a scholarly, yet accessible integration of lovely nativity masterpieces and relevant sacred music.
The best conversation ever!
I cannot overstate how thoroughly I enjoy listening to Ms. Bolton-Porciatti's talks. Her delivery is elegant, nicely paced and soothing yet entirely engaging. She is like a tonic. The subjects she discusses are unique and highly interesting.
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