Riccardo Muti thinks about how an afterlife meeting with Giuseppe Verdi would go after spending decades fighting to perform the works of Italy’s greatest composer exactly as written. “My questions to Verdi would be if I did right,” the 76-year-old conductor said. “And if he says that I was wrong, then I will die for a second time.” During a career...

MUSIC. It’s a big part of the heart and soul of Italy, and it’s always a big part of the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival. The festival has long emphasized local Italian music talent, and this year will be no different. Opening night features a trio from Chamber Music Campania – an upbeat, audience-engaging organization on a mission to dispel the...

WNIJ’s Sessions from Studio A recently asked The Vince Chiarelli Band to stop by and give us a taste of some traditional Italian-American styled music. This Rockford-based group is connected through their Sicilian ancestry and influences, while also finding themselves exploring and incorporating increasing amounts of Latin elements. The band includ...

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett is returning to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The 91-year-old 18-time Grammy Award winner plans to take the stage at 8 p.m. June 30. Known as one of the legends of jazz and popular music, Bennett served during World War II before developing a career that spanned more than half a century. He has announced another c...

The scene appeared pulled from “The Sopranos.” The year was 2016, during season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Sal Valentinetti walked in slow motion along with two family members in the bright sun. His cousin, Big Tommy, ate a canoli while walking. “How you doin’?,” Valentinetti said when he sat down for a confessional video. The Italian-American...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has announced that in March the “Bring the Family to the Opera” initiative will resume. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully-staged performances of grand opera, as the composer intended. The program offers 40% off special ticket rates on $55 and $45 tickets...

La Incanto Productions, Corp. di New York festeggerá  10 anni di produzioni educative in lingua italiana in collaborazione con l’Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) e da anni avvalorate dal patrocinio dell’Ambasciata Italiana in USA, del Consolato e dell’Istituto di Cultura Italiano di New York. Due le produzioni dedicate ai giovani che...

Who says classical music has to be a staid, somber affair? In the same vein of Chico and Harpo Marx or the late zany virtuoso pianist Victor Borge, Portsmouth Community Concerts Inc. will present a concert where the audience will be serenaded with expert classical music while laughing ‘til they cry. The famed international twosome, Duo Baldo, will...

Vic Damone, the enduring postwar lounge singer with a mellow baritone, who once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as having "the best pipes in the business," has died in Florida at the age of 89. Damone died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital due to complications from a respiratory illness, his daughter Victoria Damone said. His easy-listening roman...

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra marked their 350th concert together, with a performance in Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center Wednesday night at the onset of their East Coast winter tour. With dignitaries in the audience including the Italian ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio, it was a celebratory affair capped by the single...