Saturday, Dec. 7, would have been the 103rd birthday of the late great Louis Prima, the Italian-American trumpeter, singer and entertainer from New Orleans who went on to rule Las Vegas nightlife during its bada-bing heyday from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s. Prima is gone, but his music lives on, in part because of the efforts of his fifth...

by Nicola Busca   We are usually attracted by people's personality, behavior, and look. In particular, we tend to remember more easily a rude and impolite person who gives us a hard time, rather than those who spread joy and good vibes.   This is because, even if they don't have a stronger or more remarkable personality than the "good...

Enlow Hall presents its spring "Concert and Café", featuring the virtuoso New Jersey string orchestra Arco Ensemble, on April 19 at 3:00 p.m. The program will highlight music by Italian composers and will be conducted by the vibrant young Canadian, Jean-Marie Zeitouni.   Zeitouni, is currently the artistic director of I Musici Montreal and m...

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on June 22, 1953. Her mother, Catrine Gallo, is an Italian American whose family is from Sicily. Cyndi was raised in Queens, NY, as a Roman Catholic. She dropped out of high school and moved out on her own when she was 17.   She began singing in local cover bands and working odd jobs to make ends meet. I...

Composers in the 19th century produced a panoply of fantasies, paraphrases and transcriptions designed to bring the world of opera into the household - but what about the concert hall? Cameristi della Scala explores Giuseppe Verdi's music in instrumental adaptations by his contemporaries, all featuring a string soloist with chamber orchestra. These...

Among the events in preparation for the memorable Verdi's Requiem coming up on October 25th at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito, sponsored by the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, and Com.It.Es., will perform Opera Arias and Neapolitan Songs to benefit Teatro San Carlo in Naple...

If you haven't yet heard Opera Per Tutti in performance, it isn't because they've not yet been to your part of the city. Since their first formal appearance in March, 2007, the company has performed in Beachwood, Solon, Akron, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Hts., Bainbridge, Rocky River and multiple sites in Cleveland, including Little Italy.   St...

by Stephanie Frustaci   This year's Festival del Sole in Napa Valley will be celebrated in honor of the talented Italian actress Sophia Loren. The famed movie star will be turning 80 years old in September, and so this annual festival will feature music, wine, and plenty of activities to commemorate Loren's spectacular career.   One o...

February 4, 2015/Wednesday 5:30 PM - 11:30 PMBiscuits and Blues - 401 Mason Street - San Francisco, California 94102 An explosive mixture of blues, funk and soul music in acoustic: this is the formula of the sound of Francesco Piu, Sardinian singer and guitarist born in 1981. Accompanying their voices with instruments like acoustic guita...

Italian-American performer Max DeTogne will play the title role in a unique rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar” being staged by Theo Ubique in Chicago. Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will unplug the legendary rock opera, presenting an acoustic performance in the cabaret setting of the No Exit Cafe.   “We feel our intimate space in the No...