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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 28, 2011 ' The' "llySe t by00Iilda M. Morrill Professor Franco Mormando will lecture on his latest book, "Bernini: His Life and His Rome," at the Dante Alighieri Society on Satur- day, December 10 at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. (File Photo by Dan Mouhot) Franco Mormando is Asso- ciate Professor of Italian in the Dept. of Romance Lan- guages and Literatures at Boston College. He tells us that after then years of la- bor, his biography of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, "Bernini: His Life and His Rome," is finally in print, representing the first full-length (ca. 400 pp.), English-language ac- count of the artist's life and historical-social context. The book's inaugural re- ception, in conjunction with a lecture by Professor Mor- mando, will be held at the Dante Alighieri Society (41 Hampshire St., Cambridge) on Saturday, December 10 at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more infor- mation, call 617-876-5160. The first review of the book, by "Publisher's Weekly," is out and Professor Mor- mando shared it with us: "In one of the few biogra- phies of Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini since his death in 1680, Boston College Italian professor Mormando constructs a com- prehensive, extraordinarily vivid portrait of the sculptor known as 'the Michelangelo of his age.' A child prodigy compulsive about creative achievement, Bernini was, in Mormando's estimation, a superbly technically skilled sculptor who possessed rare psychological insight into the human and mythological subjects he portrayed. "Mormando traces Ber- nini's work for his first chief patron, Pope Urban VIII, detailing Bernini's power struggles with rival Bor- romini; the critical recep- tions of and controversies surrounding major commis- sions such as the baldac- chino at St. Peter's and sexu- ally charged Saint Teresa in Ecstasy; his monumental work for Pope Alexander VII; and the tumultuous period in the court of Louis XIV. "Swiftly paced and buoy- antly written, this richly sourced work places Bernini within the dynamic, crimi- nal, superstitious, and sen- sual city that was baroque Rome; Mormando examines Bernini's work and artistic place within the baroque in far less depth. Of great inter- est to general readers seek- ing a well-researched, highly readable portrait of the sculptor and those inter- ested in the cultural history of baroque Rome." The book contains 43 illustrations. According to his biography at the B.C. website, born and raised in Manhattan, Mormando did his under- graduate degree (B.A.) at Columbia University. His two graduate degrees in Ital- ian (M.A. and Ph.D.) are from Harvard University. He holds as well a licentiate (Master's degree) in church history from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, having also completed the Biennio di Filosofia program at the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1999 he was principal curator and catalogue editor of the Boston Caravaggio exhibition, "Saints and Sin- ners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image." He was also originator and co-curator of the 2005 exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum en- titled "Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800" and edited a companion volume entitled, "Piety and Plague in Europe: From Byzantium to the Baroque," published in 2007. His book, "The Preacher's Demons: Bernardino of Siena and the Social Under- world of Early Renaissance Italy," was published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press and awarded the Howard Marraro Prize for Excellence in Italian his- torical scholarship by the American Catholic Histori- cal Association. Author of various interdis- ciplinary articles on Italian literature and history, popu- lar religion and preaching, he has lectured extensively on the religious art and culture of early modem Italy at various universities and museums including the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Bos- ton, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. In September, 2005, in recognition of his achieve- ments in the promotion of the Italian language and culture, he was inducted by the Republic of Italy into its honorary Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana with the title of "Cavaliere." The festive event was duly noted in "The Socially Set..." Congratulations and Best Wishes, Professor Mormando! ....... New England Conser- vatory will present the Boston appearance of the touring Sim6n Bolivar Big Band Jazz, November 5 at 9:00 p.m. in NEC's Jordan Hall. Established in 2007, the band is the brainchild of Valdemar Rodriguez, director of the Sim6n Bolivar Con- servatory of Music, and I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bd9. Jim (617) 263-7766 Rick Doane, left, Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services, receives a donation of $10,000 from the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation for the "14 *h Annual Interfaith Social Services Feed the Hungry Gala," taking place at Vincent's Nightclub at Lombardo's in Randolph on Wednesday, November 30. "This marks the fifth consecutive year that Arbella has come on as a Presenting Sponsor," said Beverly Xangvik, right, Director of Charitable Giving at ArbeHa,.To purchase tickets, donate or for-further infortlon,/please visit www.interfai"sociaservices.oPg. . . /. . (Photo courtesy of Kirsten Whitten) drummer AndrOs Bricefio, who had the idea of promot- ing and disseminating jazz music genres in Venezuela. Following the concert, lis- teners are invited to extend the evening in Brown Hall, where NEC musicians will play with their Venezuelan counterparts in a late-night jam session. Both the concert and jam session are free and open to the public. The group is made up of 40 students from the Ven- ezuelarL Conservatory, an institution that is part of the National System of Youth and Children's Or- chestras of Venezuela -- known to Americans by the shorthand appellation "El Sistema." For further information, i vislt ,www. necmie.edu/ con- ce or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NEC's  Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room, located at 30 Gains- borough St., corner of Hun- tington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave. ....... On Thursday, Decem- ber 8, Travelers Aid Family Services will host its Ninth Annual "Home for the Holi- days" Benefit at the historic Parkman House in down- town Boston from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The evening will include elegant cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a keynote ad- dress by Mayor Thomas Menino. All proceeds will benefit the agency's pro- grams to help find perma- nent housing for homeless families throughout Boston. For additional information, (Continued on Page 13) The AUtobiography of Undisputed Welterweight Champ . Tony neMarco "Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion tells the story of the great Ton}- DeMarco and not only his life in the ring, but his life in general. Tony was one of my favorite Champs as a fighter and as a man. Tony, I salute you!" 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