Michael Occhipinti supposes he could be Jewish, in some distant way. People tell him he looks like it. Others say he looks Arab, Egyptian or Italian, and he smiles every time: “All of the above,” he jokes. All he knows for sure is his family hails from Sicily, Italy, a Mediterranean melting pot of cultures, religions and dialects. His surname is ve...

It was sometime in 1966 when Hugo Montenegro went into an RCA studio with some session musicians on a Saturday to do a cover of the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Italian director Sergio Leone’s third installment of his “Dollars Trilogy” of spaghetti westerns. All three of the films had been scored by the prolific Italian composer Enn...

Fabio Luisi has been hired as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2020-21 season. The 59-year-old Italian will conduct a concert next spring and become music director designate for the 2019-20 season, the orchestra said Monday. He agreed to a contract through the 2023-24 season. Luisi will become just the fourth music...

In Frank Sinatra’s early days of stardom, the man known as the Chairman of the Board could send legions of bobby soxers swooning with his Italian light baritone and a flicker of his ol’ blue eyes. But as the 1940s turned into the 1950s and a string of poorly received musicals and an adulterous affair with Ava Gardner caused his popularity to wane,...

Wednesday, June 6. 9:30AM - 10:45AM PDT. Seattle University Department of Modern Languages and Culture - 901 12th Ave, Seattle 98122. The Modern Languages and Cultures – Italian Program invites you to a Musical Matinee with acclaimed Italian-American entertainer Tony La Stella. Tony will meet students enrolled in Italian language courses and any ot...

Two of Italy’s greats have come together to celebrate Italian culture in the best way possible: coffee company illy has partnered up with world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on its latest North American advertising campaign. Using Bocelli and his career as inspiration, the illy campaign celebrates that creating something unique, like Bocell...

On the occasion of Italy's National Day and Mayor Marco Bucci of Genoa's visit of San Francisco, The Consulate General of Italy and The Italian Cultural Institute pay homage to the city of Genoa with a beautiful double concert. We will listen to musics of Paganini, Rossini, Carulli, Bellini, Schubert, Verdi and Beethoven, performed by duo Andrea Ca...

When: Wednesday, August 22 | 6:30pm - Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, 2nd Floo Presented by Cinema/Chicago, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago on the occasion of the 2018 International Screening Program: Reel. In this rollicking musical crime-comedy, out-of-work classically trained musician Paco relu...

West Pittston’s Dominick Cristofori D’Alessandro was delighted to play two classical piano pieces at the Embassy of Italy last week, and to have his musical talent recognized by The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C. “It was a really great experience. The embassy was really impressive,” he said, adding he was thrilled to receive the socie...

When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL In this workshop, participants will be invited to listen and sing to selected Italian folk songs whose theme is: migration, love, and rebirth. Participants will engage in contemplative exercises such as deep listening and free writ...