armstrongimagesCesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, will present a mixed media lecture on the life and music of father of jazz, Louis Armstrong.  Join Civetta as he explores the single minded journey of Armstrong through life devoted to sharing great music with millions. Little known anecdotes about the musician will be shared as well as inimitable recordings and video footage from the great musician’s career including recordings of Armstrong’s trumpet playing and singing. Civetta has conducted extensive research into the jazz legend’s life and philosophy and will speak about his convictions and conclusions that made him such a powerful force of the 20th century.

Location:

Mid-Manhattan NY Public Library (SE corner of 5th Ave and E. 40th st.)

 

 

horowitz-ca-1962Cesare Civetta explores the life and music of Vladimir Horowitz, the enigmatic, wizard of the piano, widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.

Location:

National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center – 241 W. 72nd St.

$5 donation at the door

 

seegerimagesJoin conductor Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra for a tribute to Pete Seeger, one of the most potent musical activists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Civetta will present a mixed media memorial lecture that details the little known facts about Seeger’s life. Some of his most popular songs will be featured as well as a sampling of his inspired words as he spoke out for peace. The lecture will highlight how one musician with a banjo was able to galvanize an entire anti-war movement through several decades as he traveled anywhere he could to share his message. Learn about how he was persecuted and how he reacted and fought back. 

Location:

Mid-Manhattan NY Public Library (SE corner of 5th Ave and E. 40th st.)

 

callasimagesJoin Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, as he explores the tumultuous life and music of Maria Callas. The endless books and documentaries about her continue to be produced, almost a half century after her death at age 53. As a teenager she said: “Mother, I’m going to be the greatest opera singer of them all. The whole world will be talking about me!”

Location:

J.A.S.A. at John Jay College 445 W. 59th Street

 

Join conductor Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra for a tribute to Pete Seeger, one of the most potent musical activists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Civetta will present a mixed media memorial lecture that details the little known facts about Seeger’s life. Some of his most popular songs will be featured as well as a sampling of his inspired words as he spoke out for peace. The lecture will highlight how one musician with a banjo was able to galvanize an entire anti-war movement through several decades as he traveled anywhere he could to share his message. Learn about how he was persecuted and how he reacted and fought back. seegerimages

Health Outreach Center, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell – 420 East 76th Street New York, New York 10021

RSVP by phone required to reserve a seat: 212-746-4351

Admission is $5 at the door.

 

heifetzMore than a cen­tury after his pub­lic debut, the name Jascha Heifetz con­tin­ues to evoke awe and excite­ment among fel­low musi­cians. In a per­form­ing career that spanned 65 years, he estab­lished an unpar­al­leled stan­dard of vio­lin play­ing to which vio­lin­ists around the world still aspire. Cesare Civetta will discuss the life of this peerless virtuoso and play recordings and share some incredible recordings and video footage.

Location:

National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center

241 W. 72nd st.

$5 donation at the door

 

 

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Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, will present a mixed media lecture on the life and music of father of jazz, Louis Armstrong.  Join Civetta as he explores the single minded journey of Armstrong through life devoted to sharing great music with millions. Little known anecdotes about the musician will be shared as well as inimitable recordings and video footage from the great musician’s career including recordings of Armstrong’s trumpet playing and singing. Civetta has conducted extensive research into the jazz legend’s life and philosophy and will speak about his convictions and conclusions that made him such a powerful force of the 20th century.

J.A.S.A. (Jewish Association for Services of the Aged) 120 w.76th st.

 

 

images10Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, will share a mixed media presentation of the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Civetta will touch on the incredible challenges the composer faced as he gradually lost his hearing and how he overcame the psychological torment of the accompanying social awkwardness, and his evolution into a life of inner peace in his last years. 

Music from his early, middle and late styles will demonstrate his spiritual journey. Civetta will also talk about why he calls Beethoven “my hero”.

Location:

Mid-Manhattan Library southeast corner of 5th Ave. and E. 40th st.

 

 

 

rubimagesJoin Conductor, Cesare Civetta for a presentation on the inimitable Artur Rubinstein, who many regard as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. His career spanned eight decades!

Location:

National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center

241 W. 72nd St.

$5 donation at the door

 

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Join Conductor, Cesare Civetta for a multi-media presentation on the inimitable Artur Rubinstein, who many regard as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. His career spanned eight decades!

Health Outreach Center, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell – 420 East 76th Street New York, New York 10021

RSVP by phone required to reserve a seat: 212-746-4351

Admission is $5 at the door.

 

cover**Civetta will discuss Toscanini’s musical style and philosophy. He will also cover Toscanini’s opposition to Hitler and defiance of Mussolini, leading him to establishing the orchestra now known as the Israel Philharmonic in 1936 in solidarity with young Jewish musicians escaping Nazi persecution. The presentation will feature slides, audio clips of Toscanini at rehearsal, audio excerpts from interviews with artists who performed with Toscanini, and video footage of Toscanini conducting. Civetta will also conduct a Q&A, and be signing copies of the book, which will be on sale.

Location:

92nd St. Y

1395 Lexington Ave. 

 

Lecture TBA

92nd St. Y

1395 Lexington Ave.

 

armstrongimagesCesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, will present a mixed media lecture on the life and music of father of jazz, Louis Armstrong.  Join Civetta as he explores the single minded journey of Armstrong through a life devoted to sharing great music with millions. Little known anecdotes about the musician will be shared as well as inimitable recordings and video footage from the great musician’s career including recordings of Armstrong’s trumpet playing and singing. Civetta has conducted extensive research into the jazz legend’s life and philosophy and will speak about his convictions and conclusions that made him such a powerful force of the 20th century.

Location:

National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center

241 W. 72nd st.

$5 donation at the door

 

Lecture TBA

92nd st. Y

 

callasimagesNational Council of Jewish Women Senior Center 241 W.72nd st.

 

Join Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, as he explores the tumultuous life and music of Maria Callas. The endless books and documentaries about her continue to be produced, almost a half century after her death at age 53. As a teenager she said: “Mother, I’m going to be the greatest opera singer of them all. The whole world will be talking about me!”

 

 

Lecture TBA

92nd st. Y

 

Lecture TBA

92nd st. Y

 

Lecture TBA

92nd st. Y

 

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National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center

241 W.72nd st.  $5 donation

 

Come learn more about this brilliant, charismatic cellist whose career was tragically cut short by multiple sclerosis. Cesare Civetta will share the life and music of the cellist who brought Pablo Casals to tears when she played for him!

 

Lecture TBA

92nd st. Y

 

Join conductor Cesare Civetta, music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra for a tribute to Pete Seeger, one of the most potent musical activists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Civetta will present a mixed media memorial lecture that details the little known facts about Seeger’s life. Some of his most popular songs will be featured as well as a sampling of his inspired words as he spoke out for peace. The lecture will highlight how one musician with a banjo was able to galvanize an entire anti-war movement through several decades as he traveled anywhere he could to share his message. Learn about how he was persecuted and how he reacted and fought back.

National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center

241 W.72nd st.  $5 donation at the door

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Conductor, Cesare Civetta will present recordings of Pavarotti’s singing, and discuss his early influences, humanitarian actions, and performing philosophy.

 

National Council of Jewish Women Senior Center

241 W.72nd st.  $5 donation at the doorpavimages

 

 

 

The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro

Book Description

Lauded by Verdi, Debussy, and other music legends, the celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini raised the standards of orchestral and operatic performance over an astonishing 69 years on the podium. But as he did so, he acquired a reputation as something of a tyrant, who unleashed an explosive temper at musicians if rehearsals did not meet his expectations.
In The Real Toscanini, Cesare Civetta presents an intriguing collection of vivid, one-of-a-kind interviews with artists who performed with Toscanini. A portrait of the inner workings of the maestro emerges through these extensive conversations, conducted by the author over a period of 20 years, together with other firsthand recollections. These accounts clarify Toscanini’s philosophy, musical style, and techniques. They depict a man tormented by inner demons of anger and depression, which were easily triggered by his frustration at being unable to produce the musical ideal in his mind’s ear.
Toscanini is also revealed as a vehement anti-Fascist and an unequivocal opponent of totalitarianism and racism – he defied Mussolini and publically opposed Hitler. The book includes a comprehensive account of his 1936 inauguration of what is now known as the Israel Philharmonic, in solidarity with Jewish refugee musicians. Toscanini comes through in this book as a tortured but deeply humane individual who strove to constantly improve – a sincere and humble musician who was nevertheless the preeminent maestro of the 20th century. The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro