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Performance of "Rite of Tomorrow"



Performance of

Performance of "Rite of Tomorrow"

Wed, May 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450

8 maggio vero

"Rite of Tomorrow," a performance featuring

Natalja Aicardi
Daniel Johanson
Roberta Terchi Nocentini

in remembrance of the devastating earthquake that struck near the city of L'Aquila in 2009, affecting more than 45 towns, killing 308 people, injuring 1.600, and forcing more than 65.000 inhabitants to leave their homes.

“Rite of tomorrow” is not only an opportunity for remembering the tragedy that struck the Italian town of L'Aquila (Abruzzo), in which 309 people died, but most of all, it is a “rite” for everyone who has experienced loss.

When cities and countries are shaken by earthquakes, our souls are shaken by the mourning, the desperation, the loss. This ending is actually a new beginning, a tomorrow that is already here, in our hands, in our minds and in our hearts. Follow us along this healing path, in which through art (with music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Bellini, Verdi, Fauré, Duparc, Barber and Strauss) we will remember Aquila, but also we will also offer the audience a message of hope for tomorrow and a personal rebirth.

Natalja Aicardi is an International multi-disciplinary theatre creator from Italy, based in Chicago since 2005; she’s worked as movement director and choreographer for musical theatre, new operas and children’s theatre and danced with The New Yiddish Dance Ensemble for DanceBridge, Theatre Un Speak Able and CocoDanceGroup. She’s a company dancer for Lin Shook’s Perceptual Motion Inc., since 2016. She collaborates and sings with Chicago Cabaret Connexion and is a member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

She develops her own solo work to empower people to follow their dreams and find their voice: her one-woman cabaret show, “The Selkie” premiered at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret in 2016 and the “Heart Project” premiered at the Fundraiser for the Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi, where she teaches theatre and movement to toddlers.

She’s currently associate director to the “Rosina Project” with the Chicago Fringe Opera and BraveSoul Movement, opening May 31st at Pivot Arts Festival. Her artistic enquiries through the years have led her to the integration of the performing arts with the healing arts. Since may 2018 she’s a student of shamanic arts at Life Force Arts Center and became part of the LFA Ensemble with which she performs sound and movement healing performances.

Daniel Johanson is a classical singer living in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to the city to receive his master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and to work with the local arts scene. Before Chicago, he lived in Orlando, FL where he studied at the University of Central Florida and sang roles with the Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Opera Theater. Since moving to Chicago, he has enjoyed many performing opportunities in the local scene as singer and producer including being part of the rebirth of the Chicago chapter of Opera on Tap, Founding and running Scapi Magazine, and singing with Floating Opera Company, Opera Ouvert, Chicago Summer Opera, Main Street Opera, at the Pianoforte Schubertiade. Roles sang include Leporello, Colline, and many comprimario roles. He was also fortunate to work as assistant editor for the Rossini Critical Edition for Bärenreiter under the late Philip Gossett.

Roberta Terchi Nocentini

Italian collaborative pianist Roberta Terchi Nocentini has an extensive repertoire across both vocal and instrumental genres. Considered a top class vocal coach, she has regularly performed in recitals and concerts in Chicago, Rome, Strasburg, Bucharest, and London. Highlights include chamber music events at Pianoforte Foundation (events for the Italian Institute of Culture), North Park University, Wigmore Hall, and David Josefowitz Recital Hall. As a répétiteur, she has worked on a broad range of operas including La Traviata with Teatro Verdi (2007), Carmen at Anfiteatro Romano di Terni (2006), The Little Sweep with Società Aquilana dei Concerti (2007), and L’Impresario in Angustie with Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese (2010). She has also appeared as a pianist in recital with the vocal faculty of the Royal Academy of Music Opera Programme alongside Gareth Hancock. In April 2016, she worked as a language coach and répétiteur for Il Tabarro at St. Luke’s in Barbican.

Roberta recently graduated (with Merit) from the Royal Academy of Music with a Master of Arts in Piano Accompaniment under the tutelage of Michael Dussek and James Baillieu. Roberta holds Masters of Music in Piano (with Distinction) and in Opera Répétiteur (cum laude) from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Alfredo Casella” - L’Aquila where she studied with Pietro Iadeluca, Luciano Bellini, and Marina Boesch. Roberta also obtained a Master of Arts in Modern Languages and Cultures (with Distinction) from the University of L’Aquila. As a teacher, she began teaching at the JazzOn Music School in Italy. In London, Roberta worked as an Italian Language Coach for the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and for the Piano Accompaniment Course at the Royal Academy of Music. In Chicago, Roberta has worked as an Italian Language Coach for Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium’s Summer Opera Workshop of La finta giardiniera (2018) and Sing-Thru of L’elisir d’amore (2019). In 2009, she founded the Suonincanto association which aims to give young musicians the opportunity to perform in prestigious venues.

Free and open to the public.

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Data: Mer 8 Mag 2019

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 20:00

Ingresso : Libero


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 500 N Michigan Ave,