Jerry Vicenti and The Italian Paisans Club will continue their blend of hot music and good times. Vicenti, president of the Paisans, just announced that the club’s upcoming shows for October, November and December are all sold out. And that doesn’t even count a Rocky and the Rollers concert scheduled for Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the SeaBreeze Recreatio...

She is an icon of pop erotica, the sultry superstar who has gloried in basques throughout her career. And as she turns 60 on Thursday, chart queen Madonna will become the seductress who puts the Sex into sexagenarian. In four decades of flirting with controversy, she has sold more than 300 million albums – and is already busy on her hotly-­anticipa...

THE birth of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in 1931, was modest, not to say eccentric. Milton Schwartz, a local violinist, later described being approached by a “seedy-looking person in an old coat” who announced: “I am here to form a symphony orchestra. I just heard you play and I like you very much.”  The person was Hans Kindler,...

The Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral and Friends of the Erben Organ announce that on Wednesday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music’s Gregorian Schola will perform “Urbs Beata Jerusalem” (“Jerusalem the Blessed City”) at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, in New York City. The Pontifical Institute...

Music lovers would walk into Val’s halla Records and say, “I heard this song I love, and it goes like this” — and start humming. Owner Val Camilletti could usually figure out the artist, the label and the pressing — sometimes, instantly. She died in hospice care early Tuesday at the British Home in Brookfield, about two years after being diagnosed...

And the stars were shining.And the earth was scented.The gate of the garden creaked.And a footstep grazed the sand…Fragrant, she enteredAnd fell into my arms.” I asked myself how I can write about one of the planet’s most influential countries in music. A romantic quote from the most famous aria, Tosca by Puccini, was the not-so-obvious answer that...

Verdi's Nabucco has opened at St. Louis' Union Avenue Opera, and it is a remarkably fine production. Of the many beautiful shows that this amazing small company has presented in its twenty-four seasons Nabucco is, perhaps, the most vocally gorgeous of all. This is due not only to the stellar quality of the principals, but also-and especially-to the...

It's been 67 years since Tony Bennett topped the charts with his first million-selling hit, "Because of You." By the time he won his first two Grammys 12 years later for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the star had refined his approach and found the voice that would sustain him as one of the most acclaimed song stylists ever.  No lesser an auth...

The first time Theo Rossi felt seen as a New Yorker was when Enter the Wu-Tang dropped. It didn't just herald the arrival of one of the most revered names in hip-hop. It featured the RZA and his soon-to-be crew of legends shouting out "Shaolin Island," giving New York's oft-forgotten borough one of the biggest claims to fame a neighborhood could p...

Popstar LP, the Italian-American singer and song-writer Laura Pergolozzi, will be the guest star of the closing concert of the 21st Notte della Taranta music festival, Europe's largest traditional music event, to be held on August 25 in Melpignano, near Lecce. The announcement was made at a press conference in Lecce at the headquarters of lender Ba...