Among the violin faculty at CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is none other than Alessandra Cuffaro, a renowned soloist who is recognized worldwide as the first Italian woman to perform all 24 of Paganini’s Capricci, a collection of exceedingly difficult violin piece, in one concert. She has performed this feat 23 times in various cities aroun...

La Bella Napoli continues its music series with a combined spectacle of music and magic starring acclaimed tenor, Joe Spinella. As a Tribute to Pavarotti, favorite arias and standards from the great maestro's repertoire are performed with a dash of real magic. Patrons get a bit of that concert experience while Spinella crafts his illusions, produci...

It is an important moment in the life of a symphony orchestra when a new conductor is selected — not just to lead the orchestra, but to create the programs, hire the artists and more. In short, to be the music director. In Washington, D.C., the choice was made with astonishing harmony. A search committee composed of board members and musicians from...

When: Friday, December 15, 2017 From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm - Where: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 The Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, in collaboration with CIDIM (Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica) and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, invites you to a special concert by Simone Vallerotonda...

Like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, the artists of this short and unique historical period called Mannerism were facing the enormous legacy of three great masters: Leonardo, Raffaello and Michelangelo. Yet the shadow that these huge personalities inevitably projected onto the new artists has not been endured as a limit, but exploited as a stimu...

Tarantella, a genre of southern Italian folk music and dance, is an international phenomenon--seen and heard in popular festivals, performed across the Italian diaspora, even adapted for New Age spiritual practices. The boom in popularity has diversified tarantella in practice while setting it within a host of new, unexpected contexts. Incoronata I...

By staid current standards, this week’s subscription program of the New York Philharmonic should perhaps be seen as a mild adventure. It includes a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh,” of 1904, which the orchestra programmed only once before, in 1994; and Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, of 1935-38, which t...

The Italian Idol Singing Competition at Wagner College has been given a $50,000 grant from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation to be used as awards and scholarships for student singers. The grant came through the efforts of Wagner College voice professor Anthony Turner, music professor Roger Wesby and former trustee Al Palladino ’61, along with t...

In the summer of 1967, Carmine Appice was a 21-year-old kid from Brooklyn, New York living out his fantasy in the Summer of Love. For a brief heartbeat there during the summer of 1967, Vanilla Fudge were one of the hottest bands in the world. Carmine was the drummer and their amped-up and slowed-down version of the Supremes’ song “You Keep Me Hangi...

No one will be singing it on the stands in Russia, more’s the pity, but Italian footballers, fans and schoolchildren can rest assured that the next time they’re required to join in with the “Song of the Italians”, it’ll be official. It turns out the anthem Italians have been singing for the past 71 years – also known as “Mameli’s Hymn” after its ly...