Wednesday, February 20, 2019

"The Voice" of Holy Rosary Church chats with CiaoDC on Singing, Culture and the Traditions of DC's Little Italy

Maria Marigliano, Organist and Director of Liturgy of Holy Rosary Church, is the Voice of the only Italian Church in Washington.  Singing from the balcony of this gorgeous Italian sanctuary in the heart of Washington, D.C., Maria shares the magic of Italy with Parishioners through the tradition of song.  CiaoDC chats with Maria on finding her voice, her rich Italian culture and the place she calls home in an intimate interview featuring Father Ezio Marchetto listen here.  Learn the history of the church and the incredible transformation of this Italian Washington icon!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

"Dream of Italy" Events at Via Umbria

Kathy McCabe, host of Dream of Italy on PBS and editor of Dream of Italy magazine, will host two events at Georgetown's Via Umbria to celebrate the premiere of her upcoming television special, Dream of Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun

The celebrations kick off March 28th at 7pm with a wine dinner at Via Umbria featuring McCabe and bestselling author, Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun). Mayes will be sharing stories of her travels in Italy during the dinner, which will be based on recipes from her new book, See You in the Piazza. More details here.

The next evening, on March 29th, from 6pm to 9pm, join McCabe and Mayes again for a cocktail party inspired by See You in the Piazza. For details and pricing, click here.  


Documentary Viewing at the Embassy of Italy

Italian villas are the quintessential symbol of romance and tranquility; they are an idyllic vacation setting, commonplace in magazines and movies (none more popular than Under the Tuscan Sun).  Yet, Italian villas have their own rich history that surpasses honeymoon destinations and wine-country lodging.  

Newly released documentary Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta: four centuries of history explores the transformation of the villa from a country home to a house of entertainment during the 15th century.  The Italian Embassy in D.C. will host a screening of this film along with a presentation by director Francesco Vitali and National Gallery of Art Curator Dr. Allison Luchs.  This screening will also be accompanied by a concert featuring music by 16th-18th century composers.  Musicians Kristen Dubanion-Smith, Rob Petillo, William Simms, Elizabeth Field, and Paula Maust will perform under Tina Chancey's direction.
February 20th, 6pm
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Published by CiaoDC Contributor Maria Regina.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"The Other Songs in My Suitcase" Concert and Luncheon at Casa Italiana

Holy Rosary Church, the DMV's only Italian Church, will debut its third Migrant Concert in a series of three, entitled Le Altre Canzoni Nella Mia Valigia (The Other Songs in my Suitcase) coupled with an Italian luncheon at Casa Italiana on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  Luncheon will be served promptly at 1:00 p.m.; concert begins shortly after.  Casa Italiana is located at 595 3rd Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. 20001.  Cost is $25.00 per person, paid by Cash, Checks made to Holy Rosary Church, or online here.  Get your tickets quick, as concert tickets are selling fast.  It is a truly wonderful event!  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Jazz Event at the Embassy of Italy

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Italian Embassy kick off its 2019 musical season with "Women Who Jazz," an event featuring female jazz vocalist Ada Montellanico.  She and her T Quartet will present Tencology, a "musical journey" that puts a jazz twist on classical music.  The event will also feature musicians Enrico Zanisi, Jacopo Ferrazza, and Alessandro Paternesi.

Event Details

February 12th, 6pm
The Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW

The concert will also be broadcast live by WPFW 89.3 FM