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Selected Press Coverage

“fantastic taste; virtuoso; in Best Classical Music Moments of the Week”

From the New York Times coverage of Apr 18, 2018, concert

“Exhibition and book mark the 90th anniversary of the Casa Italiana”

From the Columbia Record coverage of the Spring 2018 exhibition and recent book (with slideshow of historic photos)

“vivid performance”

From the New York Times coverage of Feb 21, 2018, concert

“ambitious and complex research project"

“It's surprising how much is coming to light" in this “ambitious and complex research project" that's also “a well-structured educational project” and “an intense experience of digs, tours, and lessons from major specialists. . . which is why it's been supported from the start by the Italian Academy”
From Il Sole - 24 Ore coverage on Aug 13, 2017, of the Italian Academy’s program in Italy (the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art)

“ricercatori da tutto il mondo... le prime impressioni da chi ce l’ha fatta”

From the La Voce di New York coverage of the Italian Academy’s new Fellows on Oct 8, 2016

“researchers and students digging on the Unesco World Heritage site offer a rare glimpse of ordinary life in ancient Rome.”

From the Wall Street Journal coverage of the Italian Academy’s program in Italy (the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art)

"A New York legend of the cello joins the enterprising young ensemble for an adventure into the past..."

From the New Yorker coverage of Mar 30, 2016 concert

"Columbia University’s outpost for Italian culture (which boasts a lovely little teatro) has a regular run of interesting concerts. The gifted young cellist and pianist... offer a program of music on sacred themes..."

From the New Yorker coverage of Mar 2, 2016, concert

"This brilliant young cellist has earned a reputation for innovative programs. Here, accompanied by Conor Hanick, he offers an intriguing lineup of arrangements for cello..."

From the New York Times coverage of Mar 2, 2016, concert

"eye-popping contrasts between high-minded art and lowbrow entertainment"

From the New York Times coverage of Oct 9, 2015, concert

“As the primary sector of the economy, [agriculture] is a national security matter.”

From the i-ITALY coverage of Sept 25, 2015, event

“the indispensable Mivos Quartet ... in its impressive evening with the composer-soprano Kate Soper at Columbia University’s Italian Academy”

From the New York Times coverage of Mar 11, 2015, concert

“The Academy keeps on delivering some of the most intriguing classical programs....the adventurous Mivos players...the wildly talented composer-soprano Kate Soper.”

From "critic's pick" listing in Time Out NY of Mar 11, 2015, concert

"The Italian Academy does so much for Italian culture"

From Repubblica interview with translator Ann Goldstein of The New Yorker ("per la cultura italiana a New York, mi sembra una stagione dà molto da fare l'Italian Academy dentro la Columbia University")

"plays even new music with Romantic flair and an instinct for the sweeping gesture"

From the New York Times coverage of Jay Campbell's May 7, 2014, concert

"In focusing on the DMN, an increasingly popular area of brain research, the symposium vaults Freedberg's Academy back to the forefront of the interdisciplinary dialogue around art and neuroscience"

From coverage in The Beautiful Brain of Feb 6-7, 2014, Art and Neuroscience symposium on the Default Mode Network

"Columbia's Italian Academy has become a locus for offbeat concerts, usually with a Mediterranean accent. This one, offered by the invaluable veteran soprano Lucy Shelton, centers on vocal chamber music"

From The New Yorker coverage of the February 2, 2011, concert "Three 2nds with Lucy Shelton"

"Pianist and violinist gave us a hypnotic evening—devilishly induced but divinely delivered"

From Seen and Heard International coverage of the May 8, 2013, concert.

"A delightfully devious recital"

From the New York Times coverage of the May 8, 2013, concert.

"Fascinating program"

From the New York Times coverage of Emanuele Torquati's May 1, 2013, concert.

"neuroscience providing a modern angle on concepts ... a two-way exchange, a dialogue"

From the Dana Foundation coverage of "Shaping the Brain: How genes, emotions, and the arts shape perception," March 12, 2013, panel discussion

"Astonishing is the word"

From the New York Times coverage of the November 3, 2012 TENET concert

"Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America is a treasure New Yorkers have all to themselves."

From Hyperallergic coverage of the March 23, 2012 screening of David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

"Dalla Venezia del Canaletto al Vesuvio di Andy Warhol, ha spiegato al folto e divertito pubblico americano la professoressa italiana."

From La Stampa coverage of Mar 21, 2012, of Prof. Anna Ottani Cavina's inaugural lecture as Compagnia di San Paolo Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor

"Viewers witness the magic"

From the Art in America review of the Spring 2011 exhibition of work by Beatrice Pediconi

"The metaphor of the candle flame revealing the universal principles Leonardo perceived . . . was made all the more convincing by the speaker's evidence gleaned from Leonardo's manuscripts and paintings. . . . Wide-ranging discussion followed"

From AxesMundi blog coverage of Mar 30, 2011, of Prof. Paolo Galluzzi's lecture "The Shadow of Light: Leonardo's Mind by Candlelight"

"Shelton … proved that contemporary vocal music can indeed be as warm, lyrical, and beautiful as music from any other period. Classical music fans should not miss the second and third of the 'Three 2nds.'"

From Columbia Spectator coverage of February 2, 2011, of the concert series "Three 2nds with Lucy Shelton"

"a group of intellectuals transforms their small cultural studies forum into an authentic crucible, bringing academics together with their peers and the educated public with the goal of doing real work by interdisciplinary means"

From ArtsEditor coverage of the Spring 2011 exhibition of work by Beatrice Pediconi

"Lo stesso meccanismo di empatia che ci permette di vivere in sintonia con gli altri sta alla base del nostro emozionarci di fronte a un'opera d'arte, ipotizzano Vittorio Gallese e David Freedberg"

From coverage in La Repubblica on May 15, 2007, of collaboration published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

"Beyond its entertainment value, symposium participants made clear, change blindness is a salient piece in the larger puzzle of visual attentiveness"

From New York Times coverage of March 25, 2008, Art and Neuroscience symposium on Vision, Attention, and Emotion

"a group of exceptional freelance musicians....launch a three-concert series at Columbia University's stately Italian're compelled to come back for more"

From Time Out New York listing of Mar 12, 2008, Concert Series Argento Chamber Ensemble playing Lachenmann, Scelsi, Sannicandro and others

"Bagno di folla ieri sera all'Italian Academy della Columbia University per il presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano"

From America Oggi coverage of Dec 12, 2007, visit of Italian President Napolitano