Looking at Unite the Two Bays’ web site one may conclude that since de Magistris’ visit to San Francisco of last June and the selection of the winners of “From Vesuvio to Silicon Valley…and back” not much has happened for Unite the Two Bays. Nothing could be further removed from reality than such assertion. Like amber smoldering under ashes the brilliance of Unite the Two Bays in the months running from June to October had been building to a crescendo that erupted into a cascade of events which by the end of the month transformed San Francisco, and part of the Bay Area, in an extension of the Neapolitan Gulf, like a blown away satellite portion of Campi Flegrei. Between October 23 and October 26 San Francisco for all practical matters spoke Neapolitan. In Fact one our releases was titled “Do you Speak Napoletano?”
First on the 23rd with a conference on the impact of Neapolitan Noble Cuisine on today’s art of good eating, the Mediterranean Diet and the California Fusion Cuisine.
After on the 24th with a Gala for the People and the Elites, Napoli che Canta e Incanta, at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, (including a performance by the Artist of the Teatro San Carlo of Naples).
Then to the “the Concerto of the Two Bays” on the 25th, the Crown Jewel of the Year of the Italian Culture in the US, a conjoined performance of Verdi’ Messa da Requiem with the orchestras and the choirs of San Carlo’s and SF Opera’s on the same stage at the War Memorial Opera House under the direction of Nicola Luisotti.