Mission Chamber Orchestra Performs at the Italian American Heritage Foundation in San Jose!

Jan 08, 2023 479

BY: Judy Verona Joseph

Sunday, January 29th at 3 PM. Italian American Heritage Foundation--425 North 4th St. San Jose, Cal 95112. Cost: $25-general admittance. $20.00 Seniors (65+), Students $20, & Children under 18, $10. You can order your tickets online here or by mail and check to SCPAA to Mission Chamber Orchestra, PO Box 32236, San Jose, Ca. 95152 by Jan.21st. Tickets will be at will call, on the day of the program.

There will be some at-door ticket sales, subject to availability. This is an open-seating event, For more information about the program, you can contact the IAHF at 408 293-7122. Start the new year in style with a symphonic concert at the IAHF celebrating the Italian American repertoire. Under the baton of, Maestra Emily Ray, the orchestra will perform a program entitled "Italianita' in the Americans"!

The selections will include Italian American composers from South America too, such as Aster Piazolla and Luis Gianneo from Argentina.  Some of the composers have special links to the IAHF such as Louise Canepa (Sicilians of Monterey performed at the IAHF), and the late Henry Mollicone, an IAHF awardee for his contributions to the arts. See IAHF News 6/22/2022, for a special tribute).  Others represent an up-and-coming cadre of modern composers such as Joseph Curiale and Alex Di Giuseppe Goodheart, along with the internationally known John Corigliano and the late Romeo Cassarino. 

Maestra Ray is the music director of the orchestra and conductor. She is an IAHF awardee, among her many honors, and also a member of the Foundation. She will also annotate the selections throughout the program. Under her leadership, the Orchestra has been a beacon of community outreach. 

This is a not to be missed musical experience for the entire family. The performance represents the coming together of two visions; for the Mission Chamber Orchestra, the ability to share their many talents within a community setting, and for the IAHF, the ability to share a special part of our heritage, the world of classical music.   The Symphony's visit to the IAHF makes a rare dream possible. Be a part of this magical experience!

In addition to this being an annotated program by Maestra Ray, there will be time to meet her and several of the musicians at a reception immediately following the program.  A special art exhibit by some friends of the IAHF will also be at the center.  They include John Romano's graphic arts, San Francisco Artist Robert LaRocca, who has shown at the Festa, and a glimpse into the works of Anthony Quartuccio Sr., collected by his son Anthony Quartuccio Jr., a conductor and musician in his own right.

About the IAHF: The Italian American Heritage Foundation was founded in 1975 and is recognized as one of the largest and oldest Italian Cultural Centers on the West Coast.  The IAHF preserves and promotes the rich culture of Italy, increases the awareness of its history and recognizes the achievements and positive contributions made by Americans of Italian descent. Visit us at: www.iahfsj.org

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