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Redefining Beauty Videos: Anna Maria dal Violin

On this day in 1782, a great violinist died. She was Anna Maria dal Violin, who was orphaned, left at the Ospedale Santa Maria della Pietá in the scaffetta, a revolving door where babies could be left anonymously. She showed … Continue reading

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San Giacomo Gets Down!

San Giacomo’s feast day is July 25, and the folks who live in Venice’s parish of San Giacomo dell’Orio know how to celebrate it! They hold their sagra around that time every year. On July 18 I met up with friends, … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Video: Barbara Strozzi

Who published the most music of any European composer in the Baroque era? Bach, Corelli, Handel? Monteverdi, Pachelbel, Vivaldi? Nope, nope, nope….and nope. It wasn’t even a man. It was Barbara Strozzi, Venetian composer who lived from 1619 to 1677. … Continue reading

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Next Recital Opportunity

  Join us this Sunday, August 7, at 4:30 for a lovely afternoon of music and lecture. Once again, Tina Paulson will regale you with songs by and about Venetian women, while I fill in the details of their history … Continue reading

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Recital this Sunday!

Put it on your calendar! The Beautiful Woman in Venice recital returns! Sunday, May 22, join us at the Italian American Heritage Society in San Jose to hear me talk about Venetian women composers, musicians, and more. I’ll be accompanied … Continue reading

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Baptism at Santa Sofia

If you’ve spent more than a day in Venice, you’ve probably walked down the busy Strada Nova in the Cannaregio district, starting at Campo SS Apostoli and heading towards the train station. You may have glanced at purses or the … Continue reading

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