At the end of this full week of classes, the students followed their regular schedule for the day. Andrea, our Italian instructor, led the students into lower Spoleto to discover even more of the town. Friday is market day in Spoleto, so students got to experience the fun and chaos of a long stretch of vendors selling everything from clothing to fresh fruit and veggies. The day ended with another delicious dinner at the Clitunno followed by our second performance class, where we heard from students studying vocal music, photography, and visual art. To finish our performance class, Dr. Jan Guffin spoke to the students about the importance of creativity in artistic expression and read one of his personal essays from twenty years ago (the beginning Spoleto Study Abroad).
Spotlight: Vocal and Instrumental Music
It’s hard to believe that we’re coming to the end of our second week of classes, lessons and rehearsals here in Spoleto – the time is flying by! This week we staged/blocked our opera and musical theater scenes, and will be refining up until the final performance on July 29. We had a performance class on Tuesday evening July 17, and will have another one on Friday night with more singers presenting their soloistic work. We also had the pleasure on Thursday evening July 19 of hearing pianist Laura Magnani, originally from Spoleto, Italy, but now based in the Bay area, performing Debussy, Schumann and Chopin in concert at Sant’Agata.
All of our music students continue with a wide variety of morning classes designed to stretch them physically, musically, and emotionally. In this week's opera history session, Lorenzo introduced the operas of Mozart and Rossini. They are also all making great strides in choir rehearsal, where we are getting through the stage of learning notes and rhythms and are now working toward a beautiful, unified sound across the ensemble. In our first week of performance classes, both string players performed a chamber work by Dvorak with Niccolo and two of our singers performed - one an Italian art song and another a Broadway selection.