Conventional wisdom states that many of us “want what we don’t have and often have what we don’t want.” While this can serve as an obstacle to achieving our dreams and ambitions, this dilemma can be overcome by wisely “playing the hand that one is dealt.” One individual who adheres to this philosophy is Italian singer/songwriter and guitarist Andre...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6pm Sicily Jass: The World's First Man in Jazz (2015), 73 min. Michele Cinque, dir. - John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor. New York, N.Y. 10036 Sicily Jass, an intermingling of fiction and documentary, uses the Sicilian puppets and narrating voice of Mimmo Cuticchio to tell the st...

The Michigan Opera Theatre presented Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women, in collaboration with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, on March 11 and 12.  The MOT organized several community events leading up to the performance that were informative and entertaining.   On February 9 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, MOT Audience Engage...

I am a child of the 1970’s. I was too young to truly enjoy the music of the ‘60’s (and all the drugs that went with it). Instead, I was ‘lucky’ enough to go through adolescence during that most wonderful epoch of music known as the Disco Era. Unlike many of my peers in high school, however, I carried with myself something they didn’t – an appreciat...

The opera, L'italiana in Algeri, (The Italian Girl in Algiers), by Gioachino Rossini, (The Barber of Seville, William Tell, Ivanhoé), bears an avant-garde theme contemporary to the struggle women are still facing today - some sense of equality. The opera buffa, (comic opera), written in 1813, when Rossini was 21 years old, was reportedly completed...

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) is honored to welcome back HBO 'Sopranos' star and singer Dominic Chianese for "An All Italian-American Songfest" on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Dominic Chianese, popularly known as Uncle Junior from HBO's hit show, "The Sopranos," along with Roberta Fabiano, Tony Daniels and Marc Pelliccio will pay...

The popular, free concert "Opera in the Italian Garden" will be presented on the lawn of the beautiful Renaissance Italian Cultural Garden Sunday, July 30 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. The concert, offered free to the public by the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, features famous music from well known operas with the Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet...

Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Inc. presents: "Accordion Concert with Luca Piovesan". A Musical Trip from Europe to America Through the Centuries. Sunday, April 9, 2017 6:00 - 7:30 pmLuca Piovesan is an outstanding accordionist based in Venice and is very active in the contemporary repertoire. His principal teachers were Elio Boschello a...

Anthony Barrese’s conducting career includes many engagements on both sides of the Atlantic but he is perhaps best known to many Americans for his work with the Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera North, and Boston Lyric Opera. A winner of the Georg Solti Foundation award, he is both a conductor and a musicologist. Of particular...

The Cleveland Orchestra was in prime form for the final season program of the ensemble’s Miami residency Friday night at the Arsht Center. With music director Franz Welser-Möst on the podium, the Italian-themed program featured one of the masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire, a glittering orchestral showpiece and some balletic potboilers. Mende...