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20th Week of the Italian Language | POETRY READING/CONCERT | Postcards for San Francisco



20th Week of the Italian Language | POETRY READING/CONCERT |  Postcards for San Francisco

A journey of music and words, a reading-concert, Postcards for San Francisco showcases music by American minimalists John Cage and Philip Glass, a world premiere by Niko Muhly, a page by Luciano Berio and a wonderful nocturne by Ottorino Respighi. Sometimes, along with the music, or with silence, the reciting voice of Alessandro Mari reads poems by Walt Whitman in a new and unpublished Italian translation by Mari himself with Alessandro Baricco. The project, carried out under the direction of MyBossWas, takes place at the suggestive general store of the Scuola Holden, and it is performed on a Steinway & Sons piano.

Gloria Campaner - plano
Alessandro Mari - voice
Free translation by Alessandro Baricco with Alessandro Mari.


Alessandro Mari is a narrator, performer and translator. With Troppo umana speranza, his debut novel for Feltrinelli, he established himselfto the attention of the public and critics by winning the prestigious 2011 Viareggio-Rèpaci Award. He then published Gli alberi hanno il tuo nome, L’anonima fine di Radice Quadrata, Cronaca di lei and the graphic novel Randagi. His works are translated in Europe and South America. He has written and conducted culture programs for television, and translated works including Patti Smith's Just Kids and Oscar-winning Tom Hanks' Common Types. He has written for Il Corriere della Sera and La Stampa, is a teacher at the Holden School and creative director of Holden Studios.


Highly acclaimed for her "extremely deep musicality, remarkable fluidity, nuancing and sense of style" (Walter Arlen, Los Angeles Times), Gloria Campaner is considered one of the most interesting pianists of her generation. Born in Venice, she began her piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies with Bruno Mezzena, Konstantin Bogino and Prof. Fanny Solter (Konzertexam at Hochschule für Musik - Karlsruhe). Gloria has been the first-prize recipient in more than twenty national and international piano competitions. A devoted chamber musician, she has played with many distinguished names, such as Ivry Gitlis, Ana Chumachenco, Sergei Krylov, Quartetto di Cremona, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Johannes Moser. Angela Hewitt as well as with soloists of lost reknowned orchestras like Royal Concertgebauw, Berlin Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmony, Metropolitan Orchestra. Gloria performed with world-renowned jazz pianists Franco D’Andrea, Stefano Bollani and Leszek Możdżer, with the amazing comedy duo Igudesman and Joo and with distinguished DJs, folk musicians , electronic music composers, visual artists, and actors. She studied artistic gymnastic and modern dance and worked with Dutch choreographer Joost Vrouenraets in world-premiere for the new Renzo Piano Auditorium in L’Aquila and Teatro Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Beside concertizing all over the five continents, and being resident artist in some of the major music festivals Gloria is also a devoted lecturer and in 2018 she founded a creativity workshop for young musicians called SeeSharp that helps fighting stage fright and performing fears, she had been appointed ‘Guest PianoProfessor’ at Mandela University in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and she’s the artistic director of the Vincenzo Bellini concert season in the theatre of Messina.


Date: Da Saturday, October 24, 2020 a Monday, November 30, 2020

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute of SF

Entrance : Free