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A Sicilian female trinity

A Sicilian female trinity

The cult of the Patron Saint was developed by the early church which used the established pagan desire for multiple gods to lead people towards the Roman Catholic  religion. Reinforced by the Spanish domination of eighteenth century Sicily, the Italian peninsular still finds itself celebrating endless saintly patrons during the year, a tradition also widely […]

Palermo in Palermo, The Sound of Rivers

Palermo in Palermo, The Sound of Rivers

Sunday 3rd September – Friday 27th October 2017 Alessandro Librio “Palermo in Palermo, The Sound of Rivers” In the heart of Palermo historical city centre, within the Arab-Norman Unesco’s path, one of the biggest installations ever created. A sound  route covering over 2900 m, 728.296 m² the area supposed to be closed to traffic for […]

Journey to a Sicilian Opera

Journey to a Sicilian Opera

It’s a snowy Saturday afternoon in Rockford, Illinois. My grandfather, Ignazio, is all but pressing his ear against the Zenith radio to hear the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of La Boheme, starring Bidú Sayao and Ferruccio Tagliavini. He pleads with me to sit with him and listen to the music of his country, which he deeply […]

From Sicily to the World: Sicilian Roots Music

From Sicily to the World: Sicilian Roots Music

Sicily, once the Mediterranean’s powerhouse of culture and industry  for millennia, is now  again rightly being recognized throughout the world for its achievements in such fields as literature, art,  cuisine, agriculture and commerce.  If folk singer Michela Musolino has her way, the world will get to know Sicilian folk music, too. Musolino, the Sicilian-American singer, […]

Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

The ballroom scene in Luchino Visconti’s 1963 film version of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) is a very grand piece of cinema. It is extravagantly costumed in yards and yards of silk and satin and velvet with a sparkling splash of jewels. Nino Rota’s waltzes whirl around the ballroom showing off […]

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