Lady Gaga (Stefani Angelina Germanotta) and Tony Bennett recently kicked off a world tour promoting their album together, "Cheek to Cheek". The duo will share the stage at the Tanglewood Music Festival on June 30, during which they will perform many of the songs that made Bennett the legend he is today ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco, "They All...

by Matt Conti   Music in Boston's North End hit a high note on Saturday night as the St. Joseph's Society brought a star-packed selection of performers to their "Italy American Style" concert at St. Stephen's Church.   The North End's own trumpeter, band leader and philanthropist, Albert Natale, 92 years young, was honored with the so...

by Scott Timberg   Few musicians were ever as popular, influential, complicated, or dangerous as Frank Sinatra. Between landmark albums like "Songs for Young Lovers" and "In the Wee Small Hours," his movie acting ("From Here to Eternity," "The Man with the Golden Arm," "The Manchurian Candidate"), his marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Fa...

A 300-year-old Stradivari viola is expected to set a new world auction record after going under the hammer with an opening price tag of $45 million (£28.13 million). The MACdonald was made in 1719 and was originally varnished by celebrated Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari himself.   Read more   Source: http://www.contactmusi...

William Noll laughs when asked why he focused on Italy for this year's ArtsNaples World Festival. "Why not?" he says. "That's what's great about Italy! You literally have centuries that you can choose from."   Italy has been the longtime home to opera, classical music, visual art, fashion, theater and so much more. So it was probably inevit...

Almoraima is a multi-ethnic group based in Salento, which presents an original sound inspired by Gypsy musical tradition and, in particular, by the musical connections developed by them on the various sides of the Mediterranean: Southern Italy, Southern Spain, Balcans, Maghreb and Mashrek.   It is no coincidence then that the group takes its...

Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, better known as Frankie Valli, was born on May 3, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. He was the youngest of three children born to barber and model train designer Anthony Castelluccio and homemaker Mary Rinaldi. When he was seven his mother took him into New York City to see up-and-coming artist Frank Sinatra. The show cha...

by Johs McAuliffe   Mostly Opera's back this month, with strong Italian flavor. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Scranton opera company will present "Viva Italia!," featuring Italian songs from the operatic canon as well as other genres, at downtown Scranton's Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.   Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with cash...

It is not easy to say something new about a singer everybody called "The Voice": probably the most important and compete artist of the American XX century. Still, as this man was an Italian American, and on December 12 he would have turned 100, we feel important to dedicate one of our interviews to the legend of the great Frank Sinatra. To do that...

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — 9:30 p.m.Where: Atwoods Tavern — 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA Susan Cattaneo has been a songwriting professor at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music for 13 years. She's written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nic...