While the African American impact on jazz is recognized and well established, the contribution of Italian immigrants on jazz is not. Italians arrived in America playing mandolin, violin, guitar and piano. They brought traditions of Southern-Italian marching bands, opera and folk histories. Whether Neapolitan, Sicilian or Calabrese, they understood...

Giovanni Castiglione was walking through the concourse at Progressive Field with his family and friends when he was approached by two men who asked to take a photo with him. Castiglione, 16, sheepishly giggled and posed with the two gentlemen who were in their 40s. “Dude, you were awesome tonight. THAT’S the way the anthem is supposed to be sung,”...

Exactly 50 years to the day after the 1969 Stonewall uprising, pop icon and longtime LGBTQ advocate Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance outside the now-historic space. “I love you so, so much. Happy World Pride,” Gaga said as she took the stage in front of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who gathered for Pride Live’s St...

The Apollo 11 moon landing was 50 years ago, but the images of humans walking on the powdery lunar surface, the earth rising behind them, are every bit as awe-inspiring today as they were in 1969. In Matera, the city in Southern Italy that’s the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this powerful moment will come to life with the Apollo Soundtrack, a m...

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Festa della Musica was celebrated for the first time in Detroit.  The event was organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation, with the collaboration of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, under the auspices of the Cons...

Salvatore Macchia, Professor of Composition and String Bass at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named chair of the Department of Music and Dance, effective July 1, 2019. He followsRoberta M. Marvin, who recently completed her three-year appointment as chair. Macchia, who recently celebrated his 40th season with the department, is w...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce, for the fourth year, it is funding a scholarship in partnership with Accademia Teatro alla Scala, one of the most renowned institutions for training professionals in the performing arts, and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP), an internationally recognized...

The most interesting thing about Ron Howard’s “Pavarotti” isn’t so much its celebration of the world’s most famous tenor, but rather the story of how that tenor brought his craft into the cultural mainstream. “Pavarotti” is the story of opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, who rose from humble Italian obscurity to blossom into one of the world’s most...

Opera Italiana is in the Air, the annual free, outdoor concert presenting some of the top stars in Italian opera and bringing the art form to diverse, new and younger audiences, is returning to Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on Monday, July 1 at 7 pm, the concert’s president and music director, Alvise Casellati, announced today. Thousands are e...

Little Italy Fest-West will once again bring the Old Neighborhood to suburban Addison this summer. Attendees will enjoy the same great food and entertainment at the same great location this year. Only the dates will change. Staged at Centennial Park on Lake Street at Rohlwing Road from July 25 to 28, the four-day extravaganza has been sponsored for...