The trip to the New York Metropolitan Opera became a culturally enriching experience for a wide variety of Widener students. The invitation was originally extended to students in any Italian class or those involved in the Humanities, to attend the opera “Puritani” by Vincenzo Bellini. The opera was thought to be a great opportunity for undergrads t...

Italian bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with a legendary producer, write and perform with top rock and blues players, crank out 40 vibrant songs, and then whittle it down to the strongest 15 (Page 21). Built on a lifetime of writing, playing and troublemaking, “Black Cat” features the artist’s tradem...

Because it was politically sensitive, Giuseppe Verdi’s new opera Un ballo in maschera made the Italian censors nervous. They forced Verdi to change the action to someplace farther from home. He chose seventeenth-century Boston. The King of Sweden became the Governor of Boston. When Un ballo in maschera came to the United States in 1861, it was quit...

Palm Beach Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto for one weekend only, March 10-12, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. One of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Rigoletto, "The Power of a Curse," is "a must-see masterpiece" of passion and vengeance, filled with some of opera's most famous arias, such as "La...

Luisa Nardini, associate professor of musicology at the Butler School, is a prolific scholar that specializes in Gregorian chant, medieval music theory, music and visual art, manuscript studies, and oral and written transmission of liturgical chant. Her most recent achievement is a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies fellowship—to tak...

Cosa ac­ca­de quan­do il dia­let­to si­cu­lo var­ca i con­fi­ni del­la sua ter­ra na­ta­le e ap­pro­da ne­gli Sta­ti Uni­ti? «Ho sem­pre su­bi­to il fa­sci­no del si­ci­lia­no e del­le par­la­te lo­ca­li – af­fer­ma Cono Cin­que­ma­ni, lin­gui­sta tren­ta­seien­ne, ori­gi­na­rio di San Cono (in pro­vin­cia di Ca­ta­nia) – Tut­to ini­ziò quan­do, da...

Blues is a genre and musical form, grown out of spirituals and work songs by African Americans, in the so-called “Cotton States” of the US in the late 1800s. Historically, Rhythm and Blues is an eminently Afro-American popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is “music that...

Jazz music has a long history and many influences. With Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra (available February from Cambridge University Press, $44.99), Anna Harwell Celenza examines the Italian influences on the development of American popular music. When jazz arrived in Italy at the conclusion of Worl...

Here’s a little perspective on how long Tony Bennett has been a star: “Hank,” a recent biography of country music icon Hank Williams, notes that Bennett was one of the first “pop” stars to have a crossover hit with one of Williams’ songs, “Cold, Cold Heart.” Williams died in 1953. There isn’t much Bennett hasn’t done in his career. He’s gone from r...

Wed, March 15, 2017, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT. Numero 28, 452 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701 Join Italy's official Sxsw 2017 party APERITIVO ITALIANO with live music, dj set and high end italian appetizer. Live Performances and Dj Set By Altre di B , Birthh, Damien McFly, Echopark, Gio Sada & BariSmoothSquad, Giungla, Halfalib, Nothing For Breakfa...