Bob Levi to Present “Opera Music is Everywhere” at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education and its PAInT Center (Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching)  will welcome Bob Levi for workshops entitled ‘Opera Music is Everywhere’ on Feb. 12.

Levi has served as an adjunct lecturer of business-to-business marketing at a Chicago university business school and taught chemistry at another Chicago university, before transitioning to his role as a business and marketing consultant for many years. His presentation on opera has been shared in a multitude of settings including universities, elementary, junior and high schools as well as in retirement communities.

Levi will share a lively presentation with a variety of opera influenced selections from different pop culture outlets such as movies, television, internet, commercials, radio, cartoons, recordings and musicals. The entertaining and informative program covers music from “The Golden Age of Opera,” ranging from Mozart to Puccini. Throughout the presentation, Levi shares both audio and video clips to help highlight different opera pieces and how they are used in our everyday lives. “Opera Music Is Everywhere” proposes that everyone has been exposed to the art form at some time or another mainly through various pop culture venues.

The opera workshop is made possible by anonymous donors to the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education’s PAInT Center. PAInT brings the arts into the full curriculum of the College of Education’s teacher training as a tool for enhanced learning among K-12 students. USFSM is committed to connections with the rich cultural environment of the Sarasota-Manatee community. PAInT has formed partnerships with Sarasota/Manatee arts organizations and local artists, including the Sarasota Opera, embracing the use of the arts as an effective strategy for enriching learning experiences and improving achievement outcomes for all students.

“”The PAInT Center plays a key role in organizing the College of Education’s arts partnerships to benefit our students, faculty, local schools and the community,” said Dr. Liz Larkin, Director of the USFSM PAInT Center. “Bob Levi’s presentations, along with workshops by other experts in arts-integrated teaching, including one in March by our Artist-in-Residence, Mary J. Kelly, professional storyteller, enrich our vision for making learning experiences engaging and meaningful. Our partnership with the Sarasota Opera is an exciting opportunity to explore aspects of teaching literacy, history, and even math and science, through the arts.”

Levi’s program will run from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. for USFSM students, faculty and staff, followed by an open-to-the-public second session from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Both events are in the USFSM Selby Auditorium.