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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:
 
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Venues:

  • 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

 
 

Featured Events

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.

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(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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Documentaries

The Legendary Vladimir Horowitz

The life and music of one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

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HEIFETZ

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.

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Luciano Pavarotti: King of the High “C’s”

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.

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The Genius and Tragedy of Jacqueline du Pré

A profile of one of the greatest cellists: a starburst, and one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

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The Great Artur Rubinstein

Cesare Civetta, conductor of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra explores the life and music of Rubinstein!

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Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime

The fascinating life and beautiful music of a composer WAY ahead of his time.

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Slava Rostropovich! The Courageous Humanitarian

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.

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Pablo Casals for Peace

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!

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Toscanini & Wagner

Learn about Toscanini’s love for Wagner’s music and why the composer’s family held the maestro in the highest esteem among conductors.

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A Celebration of Charlie Chaplin

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.

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How Shostakovich Survived to Protest Stalin’s Anti-Semitism

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!

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Pete Seeger, A Great American Patriot

The story of how one man with a banjo unified and strengthened the movements to unionize workers, fight for civil rights and oppose war.

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Louis Armstrong: Poison in Their Coffee

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.

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How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews

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.

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Victorious Tina Turner

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.

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