Mario Lanza: The Man and His Music

Sep 04, 2015 1464

Join Us For "Mario Lanza: The Man & His Music" at Casa Belvedere
Tuesday, September 15th @ 7:00 PM. A one-hour audiovisual presentation and talk on the life and career of the legendary tenor from Philadelphia by noted Lanza authority Bill Ronayne. The presentation includes rare early private recordings and radio appearances, a photo slide show, clips from all seven films plus a rare live appearance on British television. Q&A will follow.

The new book 'The Films of Mario Lanza' will also be available for sale and signing by the author. $20 special discounted price for this event. (cash only). The book is an informative look at the relatively short movie career of one of the greatest voices and personalities of the twentieth century. The story of Mario Lanza was a sad one, but he captured the hearts of the movie-going public over a ten year period.

His films still entertain old and new audiences alike since his untimely passing in 1959 and they continue to inspire new generations of performers and aficionados. This publication provides the reader with a wealth of behind the scenes material and a glimpse of the movie making process at its best and sometimes at its worse. The inclusion of production and casual photos, assorted ephemera as well as recording logs for all the films further enhances the reader's enjoyment and understanding of what was going on in the often very turbulent career of a superbly gifted performer.

Program Donation: $25 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments will be served. A light reception will follow. Kindly RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly. Call 718-273-7660 or E-Mail [email protected] Please Park in the lots located directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy.


Bill Ronayne is from Brooklyn, NY. He is the founder and President of the Mario Lanza Society of New York and the President, Secretary, and Publicity Director for the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum in Philadelphia. He has written extensively about Lanza, organizes events in his honor and regularly gives lectures about Lanza's life and career. His most recent publication is a reference work about Lanza's radio program entitled "The Mario Lanza Show- An Anthology."

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