“Scandals and Scoundrels: the Hidden Story of Casanova, Da Ponte, & Don Giovanni”

The Leonardo Da Vinci Society


“Scandals and Scoundrels:
The Hidden Story of Casanova, Da Ponte and Don Giovanni”

Illustrated Lecture and Piano Performance
By Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D, Mythologist and Musician,
and Period Songs by Theresa Nelson

Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30pm

Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco


Kayleen Asbo is an acclaimed cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who passionately weaves together myth, psychology, history and the arts.

Kayleen wrote her Ph.D dissertation on Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture. She also holds three Master’s degrees: one each in music (piano performance), mythology and psychology. She is a faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also teaches for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. Her classes include a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to the History of Classical Music.


Theresa Nelson is the co-founder and first Executive Director of Humanities West, as well as founder and member of the Board of several organizations focused on children development and the environment.  Theresa is also a talented singer, dancer and actress.

Kayleen and Theresa will immerse us in the luxury, opulence and decadence of XVIII century life from Venice to Paris and Vienna, as exemplified by Casanova, Da Ponte (Mozart’s librettist) and the legend of Don Giovanni.

$15 for LdV members and IIC
$25 for general admission.


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