Museum features Rossini lecture and concert

Willamette University is celebrating the life of Italian art collector and composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) through a lecture-concert series on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The free event begins at 3 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Ricardo De Mambro Santos, art history professor at Willamette University, will discuss Rossini’s admiration for Renaissance painter Raphael (1483-1520), who Rossini described as “the highest paradigm of artistic perfection.” Willamette music professor Marva Duerksen will discuss Rossini as one of the most celebrated Italian composers of the 19th century. A concert of Rossini scores will follow the lectures.

The lecture-concert series is being held in conjunction with the art museum’s “Timeless Renaissance” exhibition. The collection features 75 drawings acquired by Count Alessandro Maggiori during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which have never been exhibited before outside of Italy.

The drawings were only recently rediscovered in the town of Monte San Giusto and represent Maggiori’s effort to preserve Italian culture by saving some of its Renaissance-style artworks during the Napoleonic occupation of Italy.  The exhibition continues through Nov. 6.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at 700 State St. is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children 12 and younger get in free, and admission is not charged on Tuesdays.

For more information, call (503) 370-6855.