The air inside Carroll’s Restaurant is usually filled with the smells of high-end seafood and pasta dishes. But on Wednesday, May 10, something else will be in the air — the sounds of fine Italian music. Renowned vocalist Frank Zarba will appear at Carroll’s for a concert inside the intimate setting, a night that he promises will offer something fo...

Ranking among today's leading conductors, Carlo Rizzi's vast repertoire ranges from the foundation works of the operatic and symphonic canon to rarities by Bellini, Cimarosa and Donizetti. He is in high demand as a guest artist at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, not least for the insight and integrity of his musicianship and the...

The Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation, winner of Sister Cities International's award for Best Overall Program, brought tenor, Gianni Coletta, from Highland Park's sister city, Modena, Italy to Highland Park to participate in Focus on the Arts and perform at a variety of other concerts. Coletta was honored at a dinner sponsored by the Modenese...

Oh boy, another musical soldier has left us. His name was Dick Contino, and he was a true "rock star" of his day. Many times in this column, you have read about '60s folk icons, '70s classic rockers or '80s hair band heroes. Not this time, however. This time, it's about a guy who made his way to superstardom with an accordion strapped around his ne...

As genres go, New Orleans-style jazz is the quintessential musical hybrid, mixing everything from brass band marches and French quadrilles to beguine, ragtime and blues. There’s no disputing that the cross-fertilization was carried out under an innovative performance style that first took root in New Orleans in the hands of African-American musicia...

UC Irvine may be the fourth stop on Cappella Artemisia’s 2017 North American tour, “Invincible! 17th-Century Italian Nuns Sing of Virgins and Martyrs,” but last Wednesday’s performance didn’t suggest that the ensemble’s musicians are halfway through a fast-paced tour: it was fresh, tight and passionate. The aim of the concert wasn’t just to enterta...

Friar Alessandro. The Voice From Assisi. Friday, May 12, 2017 8:00 PM “Behind every successful tenor is … a story. Pavarotti was a larger than life character who understood how to popularize sometimes difficult music. Bocelli overcame his blindness to become a superstar and has managed to bridge the divide between popular and classical music. Friar...

Italian maestro, Fabio Pirola, the conductor of the St. Petersburg Russia Gubernatorsky Orchestra, will lead Southeast Missouri State University faculty and students in a concert featuring music by Italian composers of yesterday and today at 3 p.m. May 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus as part o...

The musical version of The Light in the Piazza has had a long voyage from novella to film to the stage. The complex demands behind its seemingly simple songs make it an ideal vehicle for operatically trained singers, or an opera company. For its final production of the season, the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois will use our prime musical talent to bring...

Alessandro Scarlatti was born on May 2, 1660 in either Palermo or Trapani, Sicily, at that time part of the Kingdom of Sicily. Nothing is known of his early musical education. In 1672 he was sent to live with a relative in Rome.  It is generally believed by modern scholars that while there he was schooled by the composer Giacomo Cassini. It is also...