Italian Songs in the Making: A Creative Celebration at Chapman University

The Italian and Italophile community of Orange County and the broader Southern California region convened last Saturday for the eighth iteration of the Italian Perspective Series at the Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University. This event, a successor to the Theater and Culture showcase of 2023, which marked the inauguration of the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research, spotlighted the inventive collaborations burgeoning amongst the institute’s faculty fellows and their students.

This year’s gathering illuminated the rich tapestry of Italian songs, spanning both classical and folk traditions. Orchestrated by Dr. Federico Pacchioni, who also served as the master of ceremonies as tradition, the program was enriched by the brilliant contributions of Dr. Louise Thomas, Dr. Giulio Ongaro, Dr. Ilaria Serra (of Florida Atlantic University), Deputy Consul Lorenza Errighi, and Chapman’s own President Daniele Struppa. Highlighting the evening were world premieres of original art songs featuring lyrics by Dr. Pacchioni, composed and performed by Dr. Thomas with vocal accompaniment from Chapman CoPA alumni Courtney Taylor and Ashley Faatoalia. Additionally, a novel rendition of Italian-American bluegrass songs by the Wimberley Bluegrass Band captivated attendees, concluding the event on a joyous note.

The program included the inaugural awarding of the Ferrucci Renaissance Fellowship Award to Dr. Daniele Struppa for accomplishments in the interdisciplinary field of Italian Culture.

Enclosed are photographs capturing the spirit and moments from the event.

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