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Giovanni Pippistrelli Premiere in Prague

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The Premiere of a new work by Paul & Cassandra Einstein,

"The Amazing Story of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire! "

took place in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 23, 2010.

About Giovanni Pippistrelli

Giovanni Pippistrelli is a musical event: It is a concert with a story, for children and adults. The concept and the text were written by me, Paul iEinstein. Delightful illustrations by artist, Cassandra iEinstein, are projected in vivid color on the big screen, as I tell the story in English, French or German.

Great music highlights dramatic moments in the story. The listener is treated to some of the world's finest moments in jazz and classical music.

There are selections by jazz and classical composers including Beethoven, Bach, Heitor Villa Lobos, Luiz Bonfa, Paul Desmond, Django Rheinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Khatchaturian, Richard Strauss, Helmut Zacharias, Charles Trenet, and Camille Saint-Saens.


How Giovanni Pippistrelli Is Staged

There are three main ways that Giovanni Pippistrelli may be staged:

  1. With one narrator and fully pre-recorded music.
  2. With a narrator and live musicians.
  3. It is ultimately suited for a full concert performance, as follows: The staging may include a string quartet to the viewer's left (stage right), a screen upstage above the narrator at center stage and a manouche (gypsy) jazz quartet on to the audience's right (stage left).
  4. Cost:
    Option #1 above requires a modest budget.
    Option #2 above requires a varying budget, and is larger than #1.
    Option #3 above requires a budget for 8 musicians and rehearsals.

    Option #3 is ideally suited to a symphony orchestra's chamber music series, or summer pop series.

Who is  Giovanni Pippistrelli Bat Extraordinaire?

Giovanni Pippistrelli is a bat who loves art and music. He was born in Italy, 8½ kilometers from Florence.

"The History of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire," tells of his early life, passionate love for Claudia, and his first brush with danger. It features Paul iEinstein as narrator of the startling string of events in Italy and Brazil which made him the world's first chiropteran art sleuth, Art Detective Pippistrelli.

Artist, Cassandra iEinstein has illustrated Pippistrelli's daring exploits.

Giovanni Pippistrelli is from Italy:

He began his life in Florence, where he lives today:

He is in love with Claudia:

He plays the violin. He's a detective, like Sherlock Holmes:

He travels from Italy to Brazil to solve an international art theft:

Email Giovanni Pippistrelli, Art Detective, at cmeinstein2@yahoo.com to arrange a performance.

Step into Giovanni Pippistrelli's office. Pack your bags, and follow him on his adventures...


Here now is some information, not about God, The Creator, but about artists, Cassandra iEinstein, the creator of the gorgeous illustrations, and the classical violinist Paul Michael iEinstein, author of Giovanni Pippistrelli's authorized biography.


In Original Illustrations by Artist, Cassandra Einstein

"The Amazing Story of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire!"

A Live Event with a Screening of Original Illustrations by Artist, Cassandra Einstein
"Cassandra Einstein uses the poetic device of the synecdoche - letting a part represent the whole..." - Sheila Farr, The Seattle Weekly

ArtistiCassandraiEinsteini (www.cassandraeinstein.com) has had a distinguished career as a painter and film maker, specializing in handpainted animated films. Here feature film, "Tales," opened the Whitney Museum of American Art 1972 New Filmmakers Series, and was favorably reviewed by the New York Times, the Village Voice, The New York Post, and the Los Angeles Times. It was distributed by the New Line Cinema at the time. iCassandra is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and of a California Arts Council Award Grant. she has won awards in Brazil and the former Yugoslavia for her works. The above quote by current Seattle Times art critic Sheila Farr was written in the Seattle Weekly, reviewingiCassandraiEinstein's painting retrospective at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle:
"The knock-outs in her show are the pastel portraits and shoe drawings, Einsteine uses the poetic device of synecdoche - letting a part represent the whole - so that the shoes stand emblematic of their wearers. In the etching Walla Walla Shoe Size 8 - a big, black, sexy thing, looming ominously in its frame - Einsteini says she recalls the impression made on her by a gypsy girl seen at a park in Oslo, Norway." - Sheila Farr
ViolinistiPauliEinsteini (biographical photo album) is a multifaceted creative personality. To quote Carly Simon's hit song, "He's so vain that this site is all about him." Seriously, you need only peruse the links at the top and bottom of this page (follow Herr Mozart) to read about his (my) life in the arts and music.

Paul has adapted his popular "History of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire" for live performance. Paul iEinstein will on arrangement also perform some selections for violin to further elucidate the story. Other musical material in the soundtrack include the music of Beethoven, Nicolo Paganini, Heiter Villa Lobos, Luiz Bonfa, Khatchaturian, Charles Trenet and Camille Saint Saens among others... Here now is a sample of Paul Einstein's playing with a short film.

Nota Bene: This film features Paul Michael iEinstein playing a selection by Debussy for Violin and Piano. The photos in this film are from past concert tours, not from the Giovanni Pippistrelli Events:

the worldwide leader in digital projection equipment is acting as a sponsor of performances in 2010. Paul & Cassandra iEinstein wish to thank Epson for their support, which helped us prepare for the recent performance sponsored by the University of Prague for the International IBRC Scientific Congress, in the capital city of the Czech Republic. ii

Pippistrelli in Prague

Here we have some more photos of the events for you. There is a great Prague hotel and restaurant tip & special thanks to Dr. Elisabeth Kalko and Dr. Professor Ivan Horacek. Now, some more photos from the Giovanni Pippistrelli performance:

The show

Sleeping Batty

"Ecce Pippistrello" on screen

Giovanni Pippistrelli hears music!

A String Quartet!

Giovanni & Claudia fly over Florence

Giovanni's heart is filled with music

Dr. Ivan Horicek, one of the world's leading experts on bats is on the left

Martina & Vlasta two biology Ph.Ds and masters of the forester's horn. The horns signalled the start of the show.

Cassandra at the banquet held at Charles University in downtown Prague, just across the street from the theatre where Mozart put on the premiere for Don Giovanni in 1787.

Paul Einstein with noted ecologist, researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Professor, Jaroslav Cerveny

Cassandra and Paul speak with Frank Bonaccorso, noted American scientist, specialized in chiroptera or bats

Cassandra and Paul at the farewell concert at the Karolinum in Prague.

The cover of the program of the IBRC opening event, which included Giovanni Pippistrelli

The program notes. Giovanni Pippistrelli is listed on this. Click to enlarge.

IBRC Program for the farewell concert at the Karolinum in Prague

IBRC Program for the farewell concert at the Karolinum in Prague

Educational materials on bats, biology and ecology created for the IBRC conference

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, a splendid grande hotel, where Cassandra & I had a suite during our visit to Prague.

The building was created during the Soviet era and has a lot of vintage design features. All around the hotel there are fine works of art, oils, tapestries, Frescoes etc.

Our table at the back at Grosseto's Italian restaurant. They make terrific pasta in house, and serve outstanding pilsner beer.

Special thanks to Prof. Dr. Ivan Horacek, leading organizer of the 10 day IBRC event, here with Dr. Elisabeth Kalko and the rektor of the University of Prague

Special thanks to Dr. Elisabeth Kalko who introduced Giovanni Pippistrelli at the IBRC Event.

Scientist and bat researcher Dr. Elisabeth Kalko at work in the Panama jungle, photographing at night.
Giovanni Pippistrelli goes to France.
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