by David Witter   Known as "the mad fiddler from Philly," Joe Venuti was famous for his drinking, gambling and practical jokes. More importantly, he and Eddie Lang (born Salvatore Massaro) changed the sound of jazz through the introduction of the violin and the lead guitar to its repertoire. Venuti grew up as the child of a recent immigrant...

September 13 (Sunday) 3:00 pm - Afternoon of Italian Opera at the Botto HouseAnnamaria Stefanelli, lyric soprano, Rory Angelicola,tenor, and Andrew Macirowski, accompanist will perform from Italian operas enjoyed by laborers 100 years ago. (Rain date: Saturday, September 19 at 5:00 pm). Sponsored by American Labor Museum/Botto House...

by Libby Hanssen   "Andiamo reali! Go Royals!" cheered music director Michael Stern at the Kansas City Symphony's "Festa Italiana" performance on Friday night, happening concurrent to the Royals' ultimately successful battle for the American League pennant.   The turnout in Helzberg Hall was good, even so, and the orchestra with the K...

by Matt Chandler   Their third studio album, "L'amore si muove," has reached No. 1 on the Italian charts and they have appearances on "American Idol" and "Entourage" to their credit. Still, the easy-on-the-eyes – and ears – Italian trio collectively known as Il Volo is far from a household name in the United States. That didn't stop a l...

di Roberto Zanni, Gente d'Italia - ItaliaChiamaItalia   Non si può dire che sia una novità: la musica italiana negli States ha sempre avuto un fascino particolare. Certo per i milioni di emigranti, dei figli dei figli, oggi americani che però ancora vibrano a sentire le note più profonde delle melodie nostrane. Ma si può dire per tutti anche...

Ennio Morricone has postponed his upcoming concerts in Los Angeles and New York until June, citing a back injury that is preventing him from traveling long distances. The five-time Academy Award-nominated movie composer had been scheduled to conduct concerts at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on March 20 and at the Barclays Center's Cushman and...

by Chiara Beghelli   After an extremely hot day, the freshness of summer evenings it's a real pleasure. Even more if you are in the Gulf of Naples and can enjoy a visit to some of its most beautiful places. Wait for the sunset and you will have the choice between an archaelogy or music-inspired soiree.   At sunset, indeed, special vis...

by Lisa Cappuccio   Michael Amante is a celebrated American singer and stage actor whose voice and presence has captivated audiences and critics around the world. He sings a repertoire that ranges from Broadway, American Standards, Gospel and Jazz to the soaring notes of High Opera.   He has been called "The People's Tenor", been bill...

Opening march 2nd, Intensely romantic and beguiling Manon Lescaut is the first tragic heroine in a long list of Puccini favorites. Patricia Racette makes her role debut in John Pascoe's "impassioned, sensual production" (Baltimore Sun). Sentenced by her parents to a life in the convent, Manon escapes to Paris with her young lover, the student Chev...

  Joe Spinella (the Tenor of iIlusions) is an Italian American artist who brings the world of Italian musical culture to the mysterious, intriguing, art of magic to create a new, magnificent show, "illusionAria".Spinella has two great talents going for him, a well-trained golden Italian tenor voice, often compared to that of Luciano Pavarotti...