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Musica italiana - Autunno 2015

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Sept. 5, 2013: Workshop: "Crossing Seas, Riding Waves: From the Mediterranean to the World": A Workshop with Italian Singer/Songwriter Erica Mou

Erica Mou hails from Apulia in the South of Italy. Her first album è (is) was released in 2011 to great acclaim. In 2012 she participated in the Sanremo Music Festival with the song “Nella vasca da bagno del tempo.” Her second album is called Contro le onde (Against the waves). She has won several prizes and is touring the U.S. for the 2013 Hit Week.

In this workshop-mini concert Erica will discuss her approach to creating songs, from words to music, and her experience with the music industry in Italy and abroad.

Co-sponsored by SDSU's Italian Studies Program (Department of European Studies), World Music and Ethnomusicology Program (School of Music and Dance), and by the USD Italian Program of the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Mar. 24, 2014: Verdi, the Revolutionary: How Music United a Nation: A Workshop with Dr. Ron Shaheen

Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest opera composers who ever lived, captured a nation's aspirations in his art.  Come listen to some great music by this renowned composer and learn how his name became synonymous with the unification of Italy.

About the speaker: Dr. Shaheen received his doctorate in historical musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. The subject of his dissertation centered on Italian opera of the early 19th century. As a Fulbright Scholar, he pursued his doctoral research in the musical archives of Northern Italy. Concurrently with his musicological pursuits, Dr. Shaheen studied singing and vocal pedagogy. He is a member of the American Musicological Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  At USD Dr. Shaheen teaches "Music for the Stage," voice class, and is co-director of the Opera Workshop.  He also coordinates the individual music lessons for the Music Department and teaches individual voice lessons.