Topics & Venues
Cesare Civetta presents one-hour multimedia celebrations of the lives and work of many artists from whom he derives great inspiration. The programs are mixed media Powerpoint presentations and are highly successful. Here is a list of the artists and the venues where Civetta has presented these tributes:
- How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews
- Pablo Casals for Peace
- Luciano Pavarotti: King of the High “C’s”
- The Legendary Vladimir Horowitz
- The Great Artur Rubinstein
- The Genius and Tragedy of Jacqueline du Pré
- Slava Rostropovich! The Courageous Humanitarian
- How Shostakovich Survived to Protest Stalin’s Anti-Semitism
- Jack Benny
- A Celebration of Charlie Chaplin
- Pete Seeger, A Great American Patriot
- Louis Armstrong: Poison in Their Coffee
- Victorious Tina Turner
- Tribute to Elie Wiesel
- Mendelssohn’s Elijah
- Robert Shaw
- Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime
- Toscanini and Wagner
- 92nd St. Y Himan Brown Senior Program
- United Nations
- Jewish Community Center Manhattan
- El Taller Latino Americano
- Columbia University Teachers College
- University Club
- Princeton Club
- Steinway Hall
- New York Public Library Mid Manhattan Branch
- New York Public Library at Lincoln Center
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center HealthOutreach
- National Association of Jewish Women
- Jewish Association for Services for the Aged – Van Cortlandt Senior Center
- Jewish Association for Services for the Aged – 120 West 76th St.
- Jewish Association for Services for the Aged – CUNY: John Jay College
- Kittay House – 2550 Webb Ave, Bronx, NY
- Morgagni Medical Society of New York
- Wagner Society of New York
Cesare Civetta’s Lecture at the United Nations
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April 28, 2015 Cesare Civetta delivered his lecture entitled A Conductor Stands Up for Justice: How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews at the United Nations during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremonies at the invitation of B’nai B’rith.
(on right) After the United Nations lecture, Cesare Civetta with Emily Kessler, a 99-year-old musician from Ukraine who escaped the Holocaust.
Cesare Civetta’s Lectures at the 92nd St Y
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The life and music of one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
Cesare Civetta, conductor, explores the life and music of one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. Music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others.
Music by Beethoven, Schubert, Tosti, Puccini, and others. An exploration of the life and art of the great tenor, the singer’s philosophy in his own words, and his incredible work with pop artists to raise money for many causes.
A profile of one of the greatest cellists: a starburst, and one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.
Cesare Civetta, conductor of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra explores the life and music of Rubinstein!
The fascinating life and beautiful music of a composer WAY ahead of his time.
A tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist, pianist, conductor, human rights activist. Music of Prokofiev, Haydn, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Bach, R. Strauss, and Popper. Thrown out of the former Soviet Union for sheltering Alexandr Solzhenitsen, and then appointed conductor of the National Symphony, Wash. D.C.
A journey through the great Catalan humanitarian’s life and music, peace activist extraordinaire, cellist, pianist, composer, conductor, the marriage of an 80 year-old to a 20 year-old. Casals, who was still conducting and playing cello in Israel at 97!
Learn about Toscanini’s love for Wagner’s music and why the composer’s family held the maestro in the highest esteem among conductors.
The tumultuous life and times of Charlie Chaplin, once the most famous man in the world. This video contains little known information about Chaplin’s fascinating private life and show excerpts from 19 Chaplin films including his anti Hitler film, The Great Dictator.
Let’s take a look at one of Russia’s praised musicians, who was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. Dmitri Shostakovich lived a worrisome life, but somehow was able to compose genius compositions under the worst of circumstances. Here in this movie you will see performances of his work by pianist Yuja Wang, cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist David Oistrakh, & many more!
The story of how one man with a banjo unified and strengthened the movements to unionize workers, fight for civil rights and oppose war.
Uncle Tom or revolutionary? A new take on the father of jazz. Created by Cesare Civetta and hunter ferguson, featuring rare recordings and footage, and little known details of the Ambassador of Goodwill.
Features interviews from conductor Cesare Civetta’s book, The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro, and the story of Toscanini’s defiance of Mussolini and protests against Hitler including Toscanini’s launching of the Israel Philharmonic.
The inspiring story of how she endured an abusive marriage for 16 years, her chanting of the Buddhist mantra Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and her amazing rise to the top as one of the most electrifying entertainers ever. Narrated by Cesare Civetta.