It all started in the spring of 1972. The perks of my job in Temple University’s Athletic Department included my use of the facilities on a regular basis. One particular lunch hour, I decided to go out to the tennis courts and practice hitting backhands against the big, green wall outside of McGonigle Hall. After about a half-hour, I felt what is b...

It’s not every day you’re asked to perform at Carnegie Hall along with a world-renowned vocalist. Just ask Melissa Ottaviano and her students at the Dream Studio for the Performing Arts in Tottenville — and they’ll tell you exactly how it happened. Award-winning singer, Cristina Fontanelli — who’s the PBS/WNET and NY affiliates host for Andrea Boce...

Andrea Bocelli’s throat must be electromagnetic. Commandingly masculine, his preternatural tenor channels emotions of such raw purity — joy, sadness, romantic yearning — us mortals are scarcely equipped to process them in such an elemental state. In concert, the effect is both awe-inspiring and a little intimidating. Human beings just aren’t suppos...

During the Holocaust, an entire generation of talented musicians, composers and virtuosos died, but their musical legacy lives on thanks largely to the extraordinary efforts of Francesco Lotoro. An Italian composer and pianist who converted to Judaism, Lotoro is on a mission or "mitzvah" – a Jewish duty – to recover, catalog and perform music writt...

Date: October 2, 2020 to October 4, 2020. Location: New Jersey, United States. Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies. You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the...

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...

Take a step back in time with Montclair Early Music and experience an Italian Renaissance Christmas with their Christmas in Italy Concert, five o'clock in the evening on Sunday, Dec. 15. Montclair Early Music, a local recorder ensemble with cello and vocalists, and the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will perform period music and present a sampling o...

Everyone loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He’s got the whole underdog thing going for him, and when the fog is thick on Christmas Eve, he’s definitely the creature you want guiding Santa’s sleigh. But what happens when Saint Nick reaches Italy, and he’s faced with steep hills that no reindeer—magical or otherwise—can climb? That’s when Santa a...

The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For the second year, the performance opened with long applause for Italy’s presiden...

If there’s a connective thread in the program that revered tenor Andrea Bocelli will deliver in his message of joy and spiritual reflection at the Toyota Center on Thursday night, it’s a pretty simple one. “The common denominator is always the pursuit of beauty,” he said in an email interview. Led by longtime collaborator and conductor Eugene Kohn,...