Conferences, Convivio, Performance, Teaching

Convivio 2019 Welcomes Visiting Artist Alan Goldspiel To Postignano, Italy

June 9-19, 2019 – Postignano, Italy


Dr. Alan Goldspiel was honored to be invited to the 2019 Convivio Conference in Postignano, Italy as a Visiting Artist in June.

Convivio’s website describes the conference as such:

“Convivio unites artists, university professors, and professionals from all walks of life for a unique conference experience in a hilltop hamlet beautiful beyond words. We engage in workshops and discussions devoted to the power of creative thought, divergent thinking, and the wonders of cultural discovery. We offer cross-disciplinary lectures covering a wide array subjects including fine art, literature, drama, and film; food and wine; and authentic cultural immersion. As one participant noted, “You’re not a tourist at Convivio . . . you’re Italian for a time.” 

Barry Marks and Alan Goldspiel during their lecture at Convivio 2019

As a Visiting Artist at Convivio, Goldspiel gave a lecture titled On The Convergence of Poetry and Music with poet, Barry Marks. Marks and Goldspiel’s collaboration called Sometimes Y was first performed by the LeBaron Trio (Melanie Williams, Soprano, Lori Ardovino, Clarinet, Laurie Middaugh, Piano) October 12th, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada at the joint national conferences of the College Music Society and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors

Other recent performances were held at:  International Clarinet Association, Knoxville, TN; Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS; Clarinet Symposium, University of Alabama – Birmingham; Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, AL; LeBaron Recital Hall, University of Montevallo; A Little Lunch Music, The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University; The Promenade Concerts, Auburn University at Montgomery.

Also, during the conference, Goldspiel performed his Five Meditations.

A performance with a beautiful view!

Later in the week, Craig Schroer (Convivio Faculty and Guitarist) worked with Goldspiel to  perform Goldspiel’s guitar duo Latin Overture.

At the end of the conference Goldspiel was called upon to provide guitar and vocal accompaniment for several of the attendees finale performances.

Artistic collaboration at its best in Postignano!

The 10-day conference not only provided beautiful views from the medieval hamlet of Castello di Postignano, wonderful gourmet meals, and day trips to Perugia (if you’re thinking chocolate, you would be correct) and Spoleto (best gelato in the world apparently) but it also provided a great deal of camaraderie and collaboration between attendees.

More musical interludes and collaboration! (Photo: Roger Carlisle‎)

When asked about his participation and attendance at the Convivio Conference, Goldspiel stated: “It was wonderful to meet so many talented people and experience a revitalizing break from my usual reality. The charm and beauty of the surroundings is, as many have regaled, truly magical.”

To learn more about Convivio, click here.

Enjoy some of the inspiring views from the conference in this slideshow:

  • Beautiful views of Italy - Convivio Conference