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Apply Now for NIAF Scholarships and Voyage of Discovery

Date 12.02.2013

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students. Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2014 to be eligible to apply.

Visit our Grants page for more information.

Italian AP Preparation Course Now Open for Enrollment!

Date 11.26.2013

This is an intermediate-to-pre-advanced level course organized by Fondazione Italia geared towards highly motivated high school students who wish to prepare for the AP Italian Language and Culture exam offered in May 2014.  The primary goal of this course is to help students develop critical thinking and practice all modes of communication while exploring topics reflecting multiple aspects of the Italian society and culture.  The curriculum is developed to meet the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and lessons are organized around the themes recommended by the College Board.  This course is offered in collaboration with the UCLA Department of Italian. 

Spring 2014 Course Starts Saturday, January 18 and meets for 16 Saturdays from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Course Fee: $350

Location is UCLA – Rolfe Hall

For more information and to enroll CLICK HERE.

Orchestra Italiana del Cinema Performs “Beyond La Dolce Vita ” at Royce Hall on Nov. 22

Date 11.20.2013

ORCHESTRA ITALIANA DEL CINEMA presents, “BEYOND LA DOLCE VITA: A visual-symphonic homage to Italian Cinema.”

Friday, November 22 @ 8:00 pm
UCLA – Royce Hall

The expert musicianship of the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema, in collaboration with the best Los Angeles young music talents, combine to form an unforgettable multimedia concert, with poignant video segments, celebrating the partnership between music and film.

The concert will focus on one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, Federico Fellini, perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for La Dolce Vita, a film that masterfully exemplifies Italian culture and style. Over his career Fellini won five Academy Awards, the highest number of Oscar wins for Best Foreign Language Film in history. Together with the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema will celebrate the Maestro’s life and achievements.

Orchestra Italiana del Cinema
(OIC) is the first Italian symphonic ensemble dedicated to the interpretation and performance of film music. Orchestra Italiana del Cinema is formed by young talents and seasoned professional players from the best Italian orchestras. The Orchestra was born inside Forum Music Village, the historic recording studios founded in the late 1960s by Ennio Morricone, Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovajoli, and Luis Bacalov. Its mission is to promote and perform the extraordinary original Italian soundtrack heritage through a continuous commitment to research, recovery and restoration.

For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Fondazione Italia Offers Scholarships to Children to Learn Italian

Date 11.18.2013

Fondazione Italia’s mission is to promote Italian language and culture to children from all backgrounds and income levels.  This scholarship opportunity is intended to help provide Italian language education to children to attend our extracurricular courses who otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so  for financial reasons.  Scholarships are subject to availability of funds.

Families can only apply once a year for a scholarship.

To download an application CLICK HERE. Application deadline is January 10, 2013.

Cinema Italiano! presents VINCERE at the Bowers Museum on Nov. 17

Date 11.15.2013

CINEMA ITALIANO! A Project of the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents VINCERE by Marco Bellocchio in Italian with English subtitles.

SUNDAY, November 17, 2013
Register & Refreshments: 1:30 pm
Showtime: 2:00 pm

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
In the state-of-the art Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Admission fee of $10 Payable at Entrance $5 for Students (no need to RSVP).
Vincere (2009) is a film that is based on the life of the first wife of Benito Mussolini. This unusual and offbeat historical drama rests on a little-known conceit. Though seldom discussed in history books (and reportedly undisclosed for half a century), fascist dictator Benito Mussolini conceived an illegitimate son by a woman named Ida Dalser — a son Mussolini allowed to be born, acknowledged, and then promptly denied for the duration of his life. On a stylistic level, director Marco Bellocchio films this historical material with the passion, theatricality, lyricism, and tragedy of a classical Italian opera.

Parking Notice! The north and south lots cost $6. Disabled parking is free. There is free parking in a public lot on Main Street (a short walk across from North Lot with easy access back to museum by traffic signal) Street parking is free.

Free Kids Dance Workshop with Italian Dance Company, Artemis Danza! on Nov. 17

Date 11.08.2013

Dance and Movement Workshop led by Italian dance company, Artemis Danza! Kids six and older will dance and play to the music of Nino Rota.

Sunday, November 17
10 :30 AM – 12:30 PM

Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024

For kids six years old and older, participants will learn some basic dance moves from Monica Casadei’s repertoire and take part in a choreography inspired by the magical notes of Maestro Rota. The kids dance workshop will be followed by a short performance from Monica Casadei’s I BISLACCHI – Homage to Fellini.

Space is limited to 30 kids! To register please email by Thursday, November 14 (please include name and age of child)

**Don’t miss Artemis Danza’s contemporary dance performance based on Verdi’s Traviata at Téâtre Raymond Kabbaz on Saturday, November 16!**

For tickets and more information visit or call 310-286-0533

Cinema Italian Style 2013! Nov. 14-20

Date 11.07.2013

Luce Cinecittà and American Cinemathèque in collaboration with the IIC present CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2013

November 14 – 20 at the Egyptian and Aero Theaters

The 2013 edition of Cinema Italian Style (CIS) – the glamorous Los Angeles showcase for contemporary Italian cinema, is produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque. Dedicated to Federico Fellini, on the twentieth anniversary of his death. CIS 2013 presents a feature film and a documentary selection compiled by the artistic curator Laura DelliColli, of Italy’s best and most recent productions, including The great beauty by Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards

The program also includes a photography exhibition and the screening of documentaries at the IIC, as well as workshops and master classes for university students.

CLICK HERE for program information and to buy tickets.

Verdi’s Falstaff at the LA Opera begins Nov. 9

Date 11.04.2013

THE LA OPERA presents FALSTAFF! November 9 – December 1, 2013 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.

In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents a new production of the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, praised internationally for his mastery of Verdi, conducts this unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England’s lusty days and bawdy nights, starring Italian baritone Roberto Frontali. On this occasion, a bronze bust of Verdi produced by Marinelli Foundry in Florence and based on the composer’s famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini, will be showcased in the hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

CLICK HERE for more information and to buy tickets.

ACTFL AP Workshop Scholarship for Teachers of Italian

Date 10.29.2013

Italian Language Foundation (ILF) Offers $300 Scholarship to Italian teachers.

The ILF is generously offering a $300 scholarship for ten teachers of Italian to attend the Italian Advanced Placement workshop held in conjunction with the ACTFL Annual Convention and Language Expo, in Orlando, FL. The AP workshop focuses not just on the Advanced Placement curriculum for the Italian Language and Culture course and exam, but provides valuable strategies for standards-based and thematic-focused instruction at all levels.

The scholarship is intended for teachers who have not previously attended an AP workshop and is sufficient to cover the cost of the workshop plus the additional night of lodging you may need.

For more information, please contact Bruna Boyle.

Application deadline is November 4, 2013.

Title: AP Italian Language and Culture
Presenter: Beppe Cavatorta
Description: For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Italian language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Italian Language and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP World Language and Culture curriculum framework, participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students’ proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and integrate “authentic materials” into language instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook.

Italian Opera Festival in Orange County – Oct. 25, 26 & 27

Date 10.24.2013

Second Annual Italian Opera Festival in Orange County

The Italian American Opera Foundation will produce the second edition of the Italian Opera Festival from October 25, 26, 27, 2013 in the marvelous location of the Soka Performing Art Center.

Honorary Chairman for the Italian Opera Festival is Bruno Serato from Anaheim White House.

Festival also features an Italian Village that will bring the global allure of Italy to Orange County and pay tribute to Italian heritage while providing guests a glimpse of a unique culture that they may have never experienced before through the celebration of Italian MUSIC, FASHION, ART, FOOD AND CULTURE.

The Italian Village will take place October 25 through the 27, 2013 in the same location and in parallel with the Italian Opera Festival.

Festival Program:

Date: 10.25.2013
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Ensemble Camerata Barocca “Claudio Monteverdi”
Maria Solozobova, soloist and conductor

Date: 10.26.2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Orchestra Sinfonica del Tuscia Operafestival and Progetto “Gioventù all’ Opera”;
Stefano Vignati, conductor

Date: 10.27.2013
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Ensemble Camerata Barocca “Claudio Monteverdi”
Stefano Vignati, conductor; Ramin Bahrami, soloist

For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.