Archive for January, 2010

In Rome, the AAR Pays Homage to Composers Luigi Nono, Elliott Carter

January 23, 2010

Carter concert at the Villa Aurelia 21 January: Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble

It’s hard to believe it all happened in the space of just over 25 hours. A 20 January concert on Viale Trinità dei Monti at the French Academy, co-sponsored by the AAR, in homage to composer Luigi Nono (1924-1990). The next evening, on the Gianicolo at the American Academy, a lecture and the opening of an exhibition on Nono’s opera Intolleranza 1960. And a concert at the AAR’s Villa Aurelia in homage to 101 year old Elliott Carter (FAAR’53, RAAR’63, ’69, ‘80), including the European premieres of his Tintinnabulation and Figment V for percussion ensemble.

The programs highlighted two giants of contemporary music, and underlined certain trans-Atlantic symmetries in their careers. As is well recognized, Italian composer “Luigi Nono created some of the most exploratory, disturbing, and influential music of the 20th century”, explains AAR Heiskell Arts Director Martin Brody (RAAR’02). Plus “Nono’s life as an avant-garde activist artist brought him into contact with an astonishing variety of collaborations and influences.” (more…)


In Rome, AAR Resident Calvin Tsao Discusses an Eclectic, Global Sensibility of Design and Architecture

January 20, 2010

From left, at the Villa Aurelia, AAR Resident Calvin Tsao, AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor, AAR Director Carmela Franklin. Photo: Annie Schlechter

Precisely how is the domain of architecture and design evolving in a polyglottal world? Calvin Tsao FAIA offered one powerful case study Tuesday 12 January in a lively public lecture at the Academy’s Villa Aurelia. Tsao is Principal at TsAO & McKOWN Architects in New York,  and also currently serves as President of the Architectural League of New York.

Tsao received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley (where he studied under current Fellow Lars Lerup) and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Seven years of work with IM Pei followed, before Tsao with Zack McKown FAIA in 1985 founded their current firm. In its 25 years, TsAO & McKOWN has received any number of major awards, most recently (in 2009) a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design. Currently Calvin Tsao is in the middle of a one month term as the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. (more…)

In Anaheim, Academy’s Society of Fellows gathers at annual meeting of classicists, archaeologists

January 12, 2010

When the Academy’s alums last week kicked off the new decade with a poolside party in Anaheim California, somehow the distance to Rome seemed a little bit less than the actual 10200 kilometers. The occasion? The 111th Joint Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Philological Association. Over 70 alumni/ae, affiliates, and friends of the Academy attended the Thursday 7 January reception—a blend of Mediterranean and So Cal flavors, complete with mariachi band.

Organizing the event for the American Academy in Rome and its Society of Fellows were SOF Council members Michael Gruber FAAR’96, who also delivered the Los Angeles group of the SOF, and Joanne Spurza FAAR’88. The reception immediately followed the annual business meeting of the Advisory Council of the School of Classical Studies of the AAR, and that of the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome. (more…)