Following up on the free piano recital presented in October by the Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano de Cultura, IIC), IIC will begin next month with a solo recital by violinist Francesco D’Orazio. D’Orazio maintains a broad repertoire, going all the way back to early music and advancing to the immediate present through premiere performances. The program he has prepared for IIC will cover both the 20th and 21st centuries.
The most recent work on the program will be Curt Cacioppo “Elegy,” composed in 2015. Of more local interest, D’Orazio will play two movements, “Sarabanda” and “Corrente,” from a partita for solo violin written by Bay Area composer Luciano Chessa between 1987 and 2013. Other recent works will be Ivan Fedele’s second “French” suite, composed in 2010, Nicola Sani’s 2005 “Raw,” and Michele Dall’Ongaro’s 1999 “La Musica di E. Z.” The earlier works on the program will be the first and fourth of a set of six capriccios that Salvatore Sciarrino completed in 1976 and the eighth of Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza” compositions, also completed in 1976.
This concert will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, and is expected to last for about two hours. IIC is located in the Civic Center at 601 Van Ness Avenue. Admission is free, but registration is required to assure having a place. IIC has created a registration page specific for this event. Anyone who registers may also add the names of a maximum of three additional guests. Those wishing further information may call IIC at 415-788-7142.