Cory Pesaturo, Cumberland’s accordionist extraordinaire, has scored quite a win in his lifelong bid to gain attention for the underappreciated instrument: He’s now a world record holder. The only person to ever win a World Championship on acoustic, digital and jazz accordion, Pesaturo played the accordion from 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 to 6:44 p.m. on A...

The much-renowned opera entitled “Don Giovanni” with music by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be staged at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center, New York. “Don Giovanni” is a two act opera that runs on an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Premiered in 1787 by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater, the opera revolves around the fo...

Louis Prima Jr. loves it when people leave one of his band's shows in a daze. They'd probably arrived, he said, expecting a low-key lounge act. Instead, when they depart, "they describe it as getting hit by a freight train." "It's non-stop, beginning to end. High energy is an understatement," Prima said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. "We wa...

All’inizio del ventesimo secolo, è cosa nota, gli italiani negli Stati Uniti non godevano di buona fama. Eppure, fu proprio in quel periodo che cominciarono ad assurgere a una notorietà internazionale due italiani destinati a rimanere nella storia, anzi, a entrare nel mito. Due italiani come il tenore Enrico Caruso e il poliziotto Giuseppe "Joe" Pe...

Bandleader Carl Granieri wants to let people know he's in town. He could send out letters. He could make phone calls. He might even tap out a social media link or two.  Granieri wanted to let local event planners know what he's made of, however, so he's offering a free public show Monday, planning to pour jazz over the ears of anyone who comes. Of...

At 91, Claudia Pinza was still teaching voice at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. She was also taking on private students and directing the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera — an internationally acclaimed summer training program based in Pittsburgh and Oderzo, Italy, in honor of her father, star of opera and Broa...

Happy birthday to Tony Bennett, whose name lives on at Bennett Studios in Englewood. The famed singer is turning 91 on Thursday, Aug. 3. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he deve...

The Italian guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu performed a guitar recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, July 14 to a full and appreciative audience. Porqueddu has occupied himself in the past years with the Herculean task of recording the complete works of Barrios, the complete solo works of Angelo Gilardino as well as massive survey...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.  Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Auditions take place on Wedne...

Since 1997, the Fall River Sons of Italy lodge has consistently awarded financial scholarships to the children and/or grandchildren of existing members of the local lodge, whose ranks have grown impressively over the last 20 years. The generous monetary awards have been given to deserving recipients in their “pursuit of higher education.” Last year...