ISI leads talks on patronage for the performing arts

The ISI symposium, Renaissance Then and Now: Patronage and New Models for the Performing Arts in the Third Millennium, provided a fertile space for a gathering of international scholars from music, dance, and theater. Three days of papers and discussion, on topics ranging from the significance of the lute in the cinquecento, to the figure of dancing Salomé, to intermedi performances for the Medici, were truly enriching.  Even better, each day was capped by an evening event pertaining to the performing art featured that day.  A concert on Tuesday evening, dance performance on Wednesday, and finally, the inimitable theater of Giorgio Albertazzi thrilled audiences and reminded us of the importance of public support for such endeavors.