Every nation has its own national anthem. After the Second World War Italy became a Republic and the Canto degli Italiani was chosen on October 12, 1946, as a provisional national anthem. Italian Traditions will lead you on the discovery of this song that represents the nation also internationally. Here we will tell you its history and its meaning....

Conductor, composer and pianist Dr. Emanuele Andrizzi caps his emails with the declaration of another Italian artist, World War I-era writer Gabriele D’Annunzio: “Ama il tuo sogno se pur ti tormenta,” or “Love your dream even though it torments you.” It’s a refreshing tonic to the somewhat mushy 21st-Century mantra “do what you love.” And it define...

The Rossini Opera Festival has chosen to present “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in a production by Pier Luigi Pizzi as its third major offering this August. Considering that this opera has appeared all over the world in the first half of this year (as reported by Rossini150 social media), it may at first seem a strange choice. Can there be such a thing...

Those who experienced Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the Harriman-Jewell Series in 2015 or 2017 know that when Muti is on the podium, it’s more than a concert. It’s a spiritual experience. This month, Muti will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a conductor. He has had a remarkable career, including serving as principal c...

When: Sun, July 15, 2018, Time 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT - Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113 An afternoon dive into the fascinating and little known world of Calabrese folk music with Antonio Bevacqua, who has dedicated his life to the study and promotion of his homeland's culture. A native of Cosenza, Calabria, Bevacqua was inspire...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

Avrà come tema “Italians”, in omaggio al contributo dei musicisti italo-americano nella storia del jazz, la 38/a edizione del Roccella Jazz Festival “Rumori Mediterranei”. La rassegna prenderà il via con una sessione a luglio di tre serate (domenica 8, venerdì 13 e sabato 14) e proseguirà con altre dieci serate dal 12 al 22 agosto. “Quest’anno – ha...

Gathering together at the village wash area to scrub the family laundry was often a social highlight of the day for women of the small villages in Italy. Chattering animated the scrubbing, but so did song. In 2013, Simonetta Chiaretti, born in Bolsena in the Tuscia area of central Italy in the province of Viterbo, Latium, united a group of 30 multi...

“Ariodante” will be on stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The opera is by  George Frideric Handel, it is sung in Italian with projected English translations. “Ariodante” is an opera seria presented in three acts. The Italian libretto was based on a work by Antonio Salvi. It is adapted from Canti 5 and 6 of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Each act...

All manner of paths have led to Austin’s music scene over the years. Take Giulia Millanta’s Austin-based band: drummer Dony Wynn is a Memphis native who grew up in Louisiana; producer and guitarist Gabriel Rhodes is from Sunset, Texas; and bassist Glenn Fukunaga moved to the capital in the ’70s from Hawaii. Still, Millanta’s own path is the most st...