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...

Dream Loud and 4Ever Brand, the companies that brought the first official July 4th celebration to Italy with Orvieto4Ever are bringing Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe and 10 time Grammy Award winner John Legend to perform in the 3,000 year old Ancient Theatre in Taormina for his only performance in Italy in 2019. Also known as the "Greek Theatre" t...

Morganton’s music scene will take on an international flair when some long-distance travelers take the stage Saturday night. All the way from Italy by way of Nashville — where they played Wednesday night — the Anita Camarella and Davide Facchini Duo will perform in the Upper Wine Room at The Grind Café and Coffeehouse in downtown Morganton on Satur...

The mayor of Yonkers, Mike Spano, declared June 21st, 2019 Tiziano Thomas Dossena Day in Yonkers because of his many achievements in the publishing world. Dossena is the author of “Caro Fantozzi,” published by Scriptum Press in December 2008, “Dona Flor, An Opera by van Westerhout,” published by Idea Publications in April 2010, “Sunny Days and Slee...

On May 5, Consul Manca attended the “Concert of the Finalists” organized by the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan. This event concluded the Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students, which has now reached its 25th edition. The ten young finalists performed in front of a large audience of Italians and Italian-American...

“Dom Sgro remembers everything about playing the harmonica on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show. He remembers the date, Sept. 19, 1954. He remembers how kind Ed Sullivan was. And he remembers why he missed a note playing ‘The St. Louis Blues.’ 'We were playing, and I looked out at the audience, and there she was, staring at me. I forgot about the 40 million pe...