Sophia Pileggi, pictured here with Silvana De Luca, was awarded the Luciana Montanari Mendola Award for piano performance, graciously donated by Silvana and named after her mother who was a passionate devotee of piano music, especially that of Frederic Chopin.
We are fortunate to have Sophia back with us for a performance at our upcoming January 19th meeting at 3:00 pm. Sophia asked whether she could bring along fellow Catholic University student, Madeleine Curtis, a mezzo soprano who will also perform in song, and, of course we are delighted at this prospect. Below is a video sample of Ms. Pileggi’s playing, taken from her junior piano recital at CU. We look forward to seeing you all at the meeting
Film of the Month, 1:00 pm
Le Mani Sulla Citta’ (Hands over the city) directed by Francesco Rosi.
When BellaVista Construction uses a pile driver to demolish one building, the vibrations collapse an old apartment building next door killing two. Naples City Council orders an investigation. BellaVista is cleared of charges. City Councilman Da Vita (Carlo Fermariello) suspects bribery byBuilding Commissioner Edoardo Nottola (Rod Steiger), so De Vita goes to the media. Deeper corruption involving city planners granting Nottola no bid contracts to develop sites for enormous profit is alleged. Frustration mounts as office after municipal office claims that another agency has the information. Nottola counters by going to the Mayor (Vincenzo Metafora), but those displaced by the tragedy lead a movement to vote him out of office. Nottola asks his federal contacts in Rome to intervene with no success. Nottola uses uniquely Neapolitan backroom methods to forge a new political alliance. Hands over the City won the 1963 Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles.
Conversation Class in Italian, 2:00 pm
If you are thinking of taking a class with the Italian Language Program, please come to this free session with one of our most experienced instructors, Silvana De Luca, for a taste of what will be in store for you.