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by Juliette Angoulvant   UNC opera theatre students make Puccini's "La Rondine" come to life in their production, which opens this week on Thursday. Performances will be held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall). The production was directed by associate professor of music Brian Clay Lue...

by Diane Langton   The Giaur Lancia Moretti, a rare Italian race car, was being built for Italian Formula One driver Felice Bonetto, who planned to race it in 1953 in the Mille Miglia (thousand mile) road race in Italy. But when Bonetto was killed in November 1953, in the Carrera Panamericana race in Silao, Mexico, work on the car stopped....

By Stephen Deere   In a scene reminiscent of a free-agent signing ceremony, one of the world's top chess players stood amid a small crowd at the St. Louis Chess Club, a few feet from where his performance last year left commentators searching for superlatives. But instead of outmaneuvering opponents, Fabiano Caruana was shaking hands wi...

Like so many Italian kids before and after him, 10-year-old Marten Gasparini would play in his backyard and dream of one day becoming a professional athlete. But here's the curveball to your assumption: Gasparini's aspiration was to play baseball, not soccer.   Those hopes are often dashed for American kids who grow up with easy access...

Italian guitarist Nando di Modugno will join the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra for a Feb. 8 performance that includes both classical and modern compositions.   The symphony will perform selections from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and the first movement of Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings." Then the musicians will accompany di Modugno o...

The Coastal Carolina football program is losing another assistant coach to the NFL. Brock Olivo, who coached the Chanticleers' running backs and worked with the special teams units the last two years, has accepted the position of assistant special teams coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, he and Coastal head coach Joe Moglia confirmed thr...

Saturday night, Italian Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana finalized his first place standing in the Sinquefield Cup. Caruana established himself quickly in the tournament, working methodically through a seven-game winning streak.   This streak was halted by an 8th round draw with the Norwegian reigning world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen.  ...

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari tweeted this morning that he knew "there was something he loved" about Iowa. What was it? Two photos of the mural outside the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa on Indianola Avenue.   Calipari, an Italian American, said he was leaving mass when he came across the art. "Sent us to the r...

He knew he was the last man. If he missed the tackle, the running back would score. To the north, tan cornstalks blew in the wind. Parents watched from the stands built into the Tecumseh hillside and 22 players were on the field, but in that moment, it was just the runner against Johnson County Central's No. 87.   Andrea Graziani, a 17-...

Cristina Fontanelli has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her acting debut on network television. Her most recent accomplishment is as PBS Host for Andrea Bocelli's historic free concert in Central Park also starring Celine Dion, David Foster and Tony...

There's no business like show business. That's what Bart Collida thought. He was a senior at St. Louis University High at the time. It was 1949 and he became fascinated with television, a medium still in a black-and-white infancy. Collida caught a bit of the "Ed Wynn Show" on the shadow box one day and reached an important career decision. &n...

Join us Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear selections from the Ames concert by one of today's leading Baroque ensembles, Trio Settecento. Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, cellist/ gambist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader perform music of the Italian Baroque as guests of Ames Town and Gown. The broadcast is part of our...