Music and Art
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Tom Cimarusti, Ph.D., Program Coordinator and Professor of Music History, Florida Gulf Coast University
Throughout history, music and art have been often intertwined in ways that have created some of the greatest masterpieces in Western music. How have composers used art as inspiration? And how did such composers transform musical language in order to musically replicate artistic styles? This series examines two artistic movements, Impressionism and Surrealism, and how works by Claude Monet and Salvador Dalí influenced the musical style of select composers in France and America.
During the Impressionism lecture, we will discuss works by composers such as Debussy and Ravel, and artists such as Monet and Renoir.
This presentation is part of Tom Cimarusti's Music and Art series.
A native of Los Angeles, Tom Cimarusti received his Ph.D. at Florida State University and is currently a professor of music history at Florida Gulf Coast University. Although his primary research interests include 18th- and 19th-century Italian opera and song, chamber music and the music of communal utopias, he also lectures on world music and is an avid accordionist. He has presented his research at conferences in Europe, Asia and the United States. He is currently working on an edition of hymns associated with the late 19th-century religious cult, the Koreshan Unity. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants and excellence-in-teaching awards. In 2016, he founded the Center for Public Musicology, an organization that provides lectures, demonstrations and performances at venues throughout Southwest Florida. He lives in Naples with his wife, Christy, and two boys, Paul and Christopher.