Our Mission. Our History

Established by a group of professionals from the academic and business communities in Massachusetts, the Pirandello Lyceum exists to provide accurate accounts of these contributions for the international, and particularly American community.

Its activities and purpose have been recognized with support from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the Consulate General of Italy, and private contributors. It is a non-profit tax-exempt organization.

The Pirandello Lyceum aims to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture among all people. Its various programs reflect the significant accomplishments of Italian thinkers in the areas of art, science, culture and humanitarianism. The Lyceum is committed to the protection and preservation of Italian/American heritage.

  • Its scholarship program is a catalyst for young people of all ages, colors or creed to benefit by an Italian experience during their educational process. View 2012 Awards.
  • Its art, music, and writings create a network for all people to participate in the beauty of “the Italian experience.”
  • Its award program recognizes those Italian/Americans who continue to make significant contributions to society “in the spirit” of Luigi Pirandello. View 2013 Awards.
  • Its duty and responsibility to monitor the depiction of Italian Americans is to insure the accuracy of reporting their contributions, while eradicating stereotyping of all forms.

The Pirandello Lyceum is a non-profit cultural organization under the general laws of Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events

Pirandello Boston Bel Canto Italian Opera Concert January 26

President Domenic Amara has announced that the Pirandello Lyceum will present the Boston Bel Canto (BBOC) Italian opera concert on Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2020, 3:00 PM at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge. This is the 23rd year in which the Pirandello has sponsored this wonderful musical event.

BBCO Artistic Director Bradley Pennington just returned from New York’s Carnegie Hall where he played a hugely successful, sold out debut piano concert. He played four pieces for his soloist tenor, Giovanni Formisano, one of the winners of the 2019 Talents of the World vocal competition.  Artistic Director Pennington also played one piece for Johnathan McCullough, a winner of this year’s vocal competition.

Maestro Pennington will present his debutante soprano Olga Lisovskaya among his many other talented singers including Giovanni Formisano on January 26 and Bradley will also play a beautiful solo piano composition. The repertoire will include arias from the operas of  Italian composers Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini and Leoncavallo.

This beautiful Italian opera concert is free to Pirandello members in good standing. Sign in at the Pirandello Table. Also at the Pirandello Table, the cost is $10.00 for non-members; $5 for students and members of the Coro Dante.

All lovers of music are welcome!