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Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27

Date 01.23.2016

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016, the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles co-present the annual public name reading of the 8,000 Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

A special tribute to composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968) will be held at the end of the program. Son of an old Florentine Jewish family, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco left Italy in 1939 to escape the recently enacted racial laws and migrated to the United States where he became a film composer for MGM Studios for some 200 Hollywood movies. He was known as one of the foremost guitar composers of the twentieth century.

January 27, 2016
6:30 pm
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles CA 90024



The program includes the name reading of the 8,000 Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Remarks by

Valeria Rumori, IIC Director

Antonio Verde, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles

David Siegel, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

7:00 pm Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s film composition

Introduction by Dr.  James Westby, who received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from UCLA with a dissertation on “Castelnuovo-Tedesco in America: The Film Music.”

7:10 pm Music tribute to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Elisabetta Russo (voice) accompanied by guitar.

She studied at the renowned “S. Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome and has performed all over North America and Europe and collaborated with prestigious conductors, directors and composers.

7:30 pm Commemorative ceremony

with the family of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco