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Niki Cuccinotto says her large, loud Italian family has always been Cubs fans. From a very young age, Niki remembers seeing her Grandpa Joe in a crisp blue Cubs jersey while the whole family cooked on the grill during the game. He was a thin man confined to a wheelchair who couldn't speak, and Niki says it's because Grandpa Joe had Huntington's dis...

The Las Vegas Philharmonic is bringing five illustrious Stradivarius violins to Las Vegas for a series of events March 6-8, 2020 that highlight the prestigious and valuable violins produced by legendary Italian instrument-maker, Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. The orchestra will feature virtuosi violinists to perform on these ins...

It’s finally here! Join Scuola Italiana di Portland for our annual Carnevale Party and fundraiser! The 2020 Carnevale is on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. This year we are doing one event for both adults and children for a true Italian style experience. Admission to this year’s Carnevale is FREE! We will have: DJ and live music ent...

Around the turn of the 19th Century, 26 of the 27 ranches on the Carson River between Dayton and Weeks (south of Silver Springs) were owned by Italians. Many of these hardworking Italian immigrants had first been attracted to the silver and gold strikes and they settled in the upper Comstock towns. One such family, the Pedroli/Quilici family settle...

It’s a tale nearly as old as time: Girl meets boy, falls in love, and so on and so forth until it all ends either tragically or “happily ever after.” But this time around, it’s a story that’s persevered in the hearts and minds of opera lovers across the globe for over 100 years—and is making its way to Tucson. Originally composed by Giacomo Puccini...

Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, an opera singer so famous that a gourmet dish was named after her, claimed to be captivated by the wintertime charms of Spokane. The “world’s most famous coloratura soprano” was driven around Spokane on a sunny day and stopped to watch young people skating at Cannon Hill and Manito parks, The Spokesman-Review reported. “It...

At the Oregon Symphony’s June 1 concert this year, Niel DePonte will play the famously energetic snare drum part in Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. The spring season will end his 42-year career as the symphony’s principal percussionist, a job he’s had since he was 24 years old. Symphonic percussionists’ duties have grown more complex in the past half-centu...

Once upon a time, if you were growing up in South Medford and you lived in walking distance of Main Street, your world was complete. What did you need that wasn’t there? Why would you ever leave? Why would you even need a car? According to Anita D’Antonio, Louise D’Antonio, and Nancy Chito, South Medford from the 1920’s until the 1980’s was a very...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm. New Season's Market, 7703 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin OR. For the past two decades, Bob Powers and his husband Donald have made dozens of trips to the beautiful walled city of Lucca. For much of the past decade, Bob has been working on a travel memoir, based upon his experience trying to learn the blessed Italian...

Se ne è andato in silenzio, come il suo mito, il più grande interprete al mondo dell’icona musicale del Novecento. Un talento straordinario, forse poco conosciuto in Italia, eppure Trent Carlini parlava italiano perché italiani erano i suoi genitori.  Nato 57 anni fa a Chicago, nell’Illinois, come Robert Trentacarlini, aveva trascorso l’adolescenza...

A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant Amos Ungherini would go down the line each day in a hand-pumped “speeder” to weigh the cars. Back then, the railroad was more than just a way to get coal to market. It was the lifeblood of the town. Ung...

About the time my great-grandfather, Pietro Cassinelli, came to Dayton about 1888, one of the most severe winters in recorded history settled upon the land. After leaving the sunny fields of Tuscany, he and a few relatives settled in the Dayton Valley with the intent to grow crops and livestock for the markets of the Comstock. Snowfall was early an...