Italian Artists Bring a New View of Art, Music and Literature to UWG

Monday, February 7, 2011

Music, visual arts, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, some Samuel Beckett, a little Keats and Shakespeare too.

That’s what the University of West Georgia’s Music Department will present on Feb. 10 at Kathy Cashen Recital Hall at 8:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

“The Gothic Dream: The Horror of Silence,” is a multi-media production that dissects music, literature, cinema and fine arts to explore the varying themes in particular pieces of literature.

The ModulArt presentation uses projections of art work together with original music that depicts the ideas behind Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Alasdair Gray’s “Poor Things,” and the works of Samuel Beckett. 

Aidaduo – guest performers the singer Giorgia Ragni and pianist Stefano Vagnini – will be accompanied by music instructor Annie Stevens on percussion.

According to their MySpace page, Ragni and Vagnini are an inseparable duo in art and in life since 2003.

They met each other for the first time seven years ago, during the a rehersal of the opera La Traviata. Stefano was the conductor and Giorgia was one of the soloists.

They have been together ever since. They spend their time studying and researching for new artistic methodologies, experimental projects and performing together in the most important organ/piano and voice festivals in Italy and abroad.

They were both born, raised in Fano, Italy. Three years ago the left jobs, friends and families to live a new artistic experience abroad. They bring new artistic view called Modular Art to cultural art centers, universities and museums.

Bobbie Emmons, the music department’s program coordinator and drama coach, will narrate “The Gothic Dream: The Horror of Silence” with the words of Shelley, Gray, Beckett, John Keats and William Shakespeare.

The production will feature the works of Bruce Bobick, UWG professor and chair emeritus of art.

For more information contact Emmons at 678-839-6262 or bemmons@westga.edu.

For more information on Aidaduo go to http://www.myspace.com/aidaduo or http://www.facebook.com/pages/AIDADUO/120612897249?v=wall