On his summer boathouse upstate, Sonny Grosso can often be heard happily singing out loud one of his favorite tunes from the soundtrack of his life. Songs that he and his “Sons of Rest” band of brothers sang like “Mala Femmena,” to tunes that his parents loved, to music he chose to score the dozens of TV shows/movies he produced. In yet another eye...

For many people, I think, there is a small part of us that wishes we were born at a different time. Some wish they were born in the Roaring Twenties. Some love the "doo wop" era of the 1950s. Some dream of being around in Medieval times, the Old West or in the Big Band era of the 1940s. I personally wanted to be around during the prehistoric times...

We think of It’s a Wonderful Life as a great American movie, a great Jimmy Stewart movie, a great Frank Capra movie — and, of course, as a great Christmas movie. We don’t think of it as a great Italian-American movie. But we should, especially at Christmastime, when Italian-Americans — of Capra’s generation and beyond — can be heard in every shop a...

He is one of the greatest conductors of his generation. Gianandrea Noseda is the new Music Director of the the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. The Italian maestro’s name is the latest on a prestigious list. Since its foundation in 1931, directors have included Hans Kindler, Howard Mitchell, Antal Dorati, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Christ...

Six-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga will bring her one-of-a-kind talent and creativity to the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018. On the heels of a year that included a stunning Super Bowl performance and a wildly celebrated sold-out...

With “operatic” now a synonym for excessive grandiosity, and the demanding diva de rigueur for any opera, it is easy to forget the primal, visceral nature of the early years of the art. To paraphrase what is said in the fascinating new Broadway play “Farinelli and the King,” which opened here Sunday night, opera once was a much dirtier business. No...

“La mia mente, la mia anima venivano trasportate dalla sua bellezza, dalla sua musica, dal suo essere interiore, dimostrando che la sua voce angelica può toccare e ispirare chiunque la ascolti”. Fu Elizabeth Taylor a pronunciare queste parole su Andrea Bocelli, e nessuna definizione come questa sarebbe in grado di riassumere più efficacemente quell...

What links the opening of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film Raging Bull and the climax of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Godfather film trilogy? The answer is music – specifically Italian opera. Both film sequences use the orchestral Intermezzo from the 1890 hit opera Cavalleria rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni. The misty, atmospheric, slow-motion opening c...

When 21-year-old Charles Poveromo was applying to college, he knew tuition costs wouldn't be cheap. But when he toured Wagner College on Grymes Hill as a Tottenville High School student, he learned of the DaVinci Scholarship -- given to an Italian-American student each year by the DaVinci Society of Wagner College. "I probably wouldn't be at Wagner...

When:Tuesday, January 30, 2018 From 6:00 pm To 11:24 am - Where: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 However you want to call it, nobody else is doing it quite like him. Paolo Angeli, the Sardinian sorcerer, manually crafts beautiful, multi-layered music from his unique designed guitar: a hybrid orchestra built in a si...