There's a way of looking at Marina Costa-Jackson's operatic career as the most obvious development in the world. And there's a way of looking at it as a fairly improbable destination. The soprano makes her Utah Opera debut in a joint production that finds her playing Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, but sh...

Vanessa Racci’s 2017 debut album, Italiana Fresca, heralds the breakthrough of a fresh sound in jazz: a sweet-and-sour, wide-ranging contralto with a passion and sex appeal born of her Italian-American heritage. On this recording, Vanessa puts a jazzy spin on the Italian songs she sang with her grandfather as a child; “Al Di La”, “Buona Sera”, “C’e...

The VOMA basement begins to fill with jazz fans and their preferred beverages within minutes of opening Jan. 20. On this night the occasion is another installment of the Cambria City music venue's recurring jazz series. The people are there to hear the Pittsburgh-based Mark Perna Trio, starring Perna on upright bass, Kevin Moore on keys and Mark We...

Renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli will give a public performance for the first time ever in Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., it was announced Monday. The concert is the first stop on a seven-city U.S. tour the Italian singer-songwriter plans to make late this year, with performances in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Pitts...

The Trumbull Arts Commission presents Primavera on Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m., at the Center at 23 Priscilla Place, Trumbull. Primavera is an Italian-American band from New York and New Jersey and features John Micalizzi on keyboard and vocals. The band mixes both traditional and modern Italian-American music. Cabaret seating, bring your own refre...

Back by popular demand, "America’s Got Talent" golden buzzer winner Sal Valentinetti returns to the King Center on Saturday, March 10. The Italian-American crooner who came to be known as “Sal the Voice” after his successful run on the 11th season of the hit NBC show, is touring in support of his debut EP “The Voice.” I spoke with Valentinetti abou...

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7pm - Where: The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (Just south of 118th Street), New York, NY 10027 - FREE ADMISSION The Italian Academy presents Re-Inventing Bach, a unique, out-of-the-box duo recital featuring the unexpected combination of flute and violin performed by violinist Elissa Cassini and flutist R...

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's ReMix series of shorter and more casual concerts, at Moody Performance Hall, has struggled to find an identity. Maybe that's actually the point, to have maximum flexibility.  But Friday night's concert, with munchies and drinks in the lobby before and afterward, did have a real focus, and an imaginative one. Led by a...

Tonight I will receive the first-ever "Entertainer of the Year Award" from the Victoria Schneps Communication Network. I am very grateful and I wanted to express my thanks publicly. Congratulations also to my awesome fellow honoree "Woman of the Year" Fox 5's Lisa Evers . It is very gratifying to be recognized in one's field of expertise. Tonight's...

March 15 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - Hitchcock Presbyterian Church - 6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale, NY. Admission: $30. info@cristianapegoraro.com - www.cristianapegoraro.com. Cristiana Pegoraro Piano Recital: Classical Music, Revealed: The Genial Genius of Gioachino Rossini To celebrate the great Italian composer on the 150th anniversary of his death, f...