The story of Sabato Rodia needs to be known by every Italian, wherever they live. When he built the Watts Towers, Rodia achieved something very unique. That must have been why the Beatles decided to put him on the cover of their famous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, together with other famous and celebrated people: he's the one on upper rig...

A frequent criticism of mine in previous articles I have written for this blog is the number of our people (and they are legion) who have made their mark on history but who nevertheless are virtual unknowns in the collective minds of the American public.  This is due for a number of reasons including American attitudes towards Italians (especially...

Italian opera is a musical art form that had its beginnings in Florence in the late 1500s. It was based on a number of performance genres that preceded it, including Greek drama, poems sung by a solo vocalist with single instrument backing and madrigals (a capella singing by 3-6 harmonizing vocalists).   The earliest known opera composition...

For nearly a century, the tantalizing recorded voice of the Italian crooner has touched the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Modern-day troubadours, such as Bocelli carry on this recorded musical tradition, a tradition that began when Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) made his first gramophone recording in Milan, Italy, in 1903.   The European rec...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents: "The Evolution of Recorded Sound". A Program with Commendatore Aldo Mancusi, Founder & President of the Enrico Caruso Museum of AmericaThe Evolution of Recorded Sound. Presentation by Commendatore Aldo Mancusi filmed by Anton Evangelista   Anyone who loves an...

Music, an integral part of the Italian who migrates, makes its way through the generations of a new youth, like a gentle reminder and an historical and cultural identity that excites and inspires modern paths of personal development.   With his grandparents and great-grandparents from the Campania region as accomplices, the New Yorker, Micha...

Music has always had a crucial importance for the Italians in America. As a sentiment of strong attachment to the mother land and its traditions, or as a channel to express their passion; as a vehicle for revenge due to the success of the opera and then to the affirmation of the Italian artistic talent, from the Italian crooners of the 40s and the...

The Italian American population numbers more than fourteen million through the fourth generation. The largest wave of immigrants (around four million) arrived in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and start of the twentieth century.   The majority hailed from the largely overpopulated and poor central and southern parts of Italy,...

La musica è da sempre protagonista importante dello scambio culturale tra Italia e Stati Uniti: ha avuto un ruolo fondamentale nel tenere alta la bandiera degli italiani emigrati all'inizio dello scorso secolo, ed è stata veicolo dell'entusiasmo e dell'ottimismo americano che ha contagiato l'Italia dopo la guerra. Nessuno potrebbe descrivere questa...

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations held its 36th annual fundraising gala at the El Caribe County Club on Sunday, April 7, and the dinner helped raise funds for the federation's new Italian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. One of the honorees was Cav. Uff. Aldo Mancusi, who has been the caretaker and founder of the Enrico Caruso Museum of...