The Lure of Italy for the Creative Soul: Summer Seminar and Tour of the Italian Lakes

Summer Seminar: The Armchair Journey to Italy

Three evenings in succession, Monday, August 28, Tuesday, august 29 and Wednesday, August 30, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Mirabeau, 3202 Argonne (one block east of Kirby, one-half block south of West Alabama)

The Lure of Italy for the Creative Soul: Summer Seminar and Tour of the Italian Lakes
Artists have been magically drawn to Italy for centuries. The summer seminar will arouse our spirits with a survey of Italian-inspired works and the fall study tour will lead us to unique sites around the Italian lakes which have stimulated the creative impulse.

August 28: The Dream of Arcadia: American Writers in Italy, 1760 - 1915
Caroline Levander, professor of English and director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University, will examine the enchanted works of American authors captivated by Italy such as Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, and Ernest Hemingway.

August 29: Groves of Olive in the Summer: The British in Italy, 1830 - 1900
Robert Patten, the Autrey Professor in Humanities at Rice University, will evoke the fascination of British writers who traveled to Italy, including Charles Dickens, Percy and Mary Shelley, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

August 30: Rossini by the Lake
An array of musical artists will join conductor Peter Jacoby, music director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston to explore the music of Rossini. Included in the program will be highlights from the opera “Tancredi,” written during the composer’s stay at the magical, private villa on Lake Como which we will visit on the fall study tour.



Upcoming is Spring 2018! 

West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Two Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private residence directions to subscribers
A few seats available


Farming Wonders in Richmond, Texas
Saturday, March 24
Details to subscribers
A few seats available


What's on Lisa Falkenberg's Mind
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, 77004


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.


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