Musical Tales of a Winter’s Night


The great Italian writer Italo Calvino (pictured) is the inspiration for this year’s Benson Forum on Creativity, which brings together the music of Professor of Composition Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and several Eastman student composers, the Eastman BroadBand ensemble (pictured below), and the bilingual Kairos Italy Theater troupe. They are collaborating for “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler…”, a program of new musical works inspired by Calvino’s books, complimented by staged excerpts from the Italian author’s fantasy novel The Cloven Viscount. The program was conceived by Sanchez-Gutierrez and Assistant Professor of Italian Elena Bellina. It will be performed April 4, at 8 p.m. inĀ  Hatch Recital Hall, and repeated Monday, April 7 at New York University.

For more details about the performance and about the Benson Forum on Creativity, click here. For an introduction to Italo Calvino and an interview with him, click here and here.