We all have those legendary performers we wish we could have met in person. For me, the list begins with Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Stewart and James Cagney. But one name resonates as being at the top of my "Wish I woulda met" list: "The King Of Cool," Dean Martin. Dean passed away Christmas Day 1995, so I thought I would share my experience with the Ma...

When the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame presented Richie Merlo with a lifetime achievement award last December, it capped a career that spanned more than six decades and stretched from coast to coast. A crooner and jazz trumpeter, Mr. Merlo was featured in the Buffalo area’s leading nightclubs, past and present. At the fabled Town Casino in the early 1...

On 6 July 2020, at the age of 91, Maestro Ennio Morricone sadly passed away. He was an extraordinarily talented composer and arranger, beloved by all for his rare ability to reach and move people with very different musical tastes. The Farnesina has decided to honour his memory by producing a limited edition box set, available to Embassies, Permane...

Pistola Garden, in Puglia between Alberobello and Fasano, offers a place to walk, see flowers and plants native to Puglia, enjoy a picnic, or just relax. Set on the grounds of a masseria, or old farm estate, Giardini Pistola also has vineyards and a farm shop where you can buy snacks, their wine and other products produced on the estate or nearby f...

You don't need a front seat at the Met to enjoy some of New York City's finest opera. You can experience it all: The live music, costumes, and scenery at Caffè Taci Opera Nights, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer. Opera enthusiast and owner Leopoldo Mucci said what started out as a vision quickly blossomed into a reality, when he ho...

Fire has always meant a little more in Chicago than nightmares of lapping flames. Here, it evokes rebirth, reinvention, a certain bootstrap-ism even amid daunting circumstances. How fitting, then, that fire welds together the works headlining the inaugural Opera Festival of Chicago, 150 years after that cataclysm stopped the city in its tracks. You...

On July 27th bring your friends and family to Cedarhurst's Andrew J. Parise Park for a Night of Italian Music. Beginning at 8:00 PM, The Tenors will fill the air with the sounds of Italian classics: That's Amore, Volare, Al Di La, Mala Femmena, Con Te Partiro and many more. Bring a blanket or chair, have a picnic in the park, or just enjoy singing...

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, 95, announced his retirement from the stage following two concerts with Lady Gaga, at Radio City Music Hall, New York, on August 3 and 5. Bennett and Lady Gaga released in 2014 the album Cheek To Cheek. About her bond with the crooner, Gaga defined it conclusively: “He saved my life.” The news of Tony Bennett’s retir...

Opera Festival of Chicago presents "Dante 700" Wednesday, July 28th at 8pm & Thursday, July 29th at 8pm Artifacts Events4325 N Ravenswood AveChicago, IL Dante Alighieri, Christian philosopher and poet, lived seven hundred years ago. Works such as his Divina Commedia and La Vita Nuovo have inspired operatic composers such as Gaetano Donizetti, Giaco...

The Stoneham Concert Series welcomes Seabreeze for our annual Italian Night celebration! Join us on the Town Common on Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. for Italian standards sung by Stephen Savio and joined by his talented band members. Seabreeze is considered one of New England's premiere Italian/American show bands. They perform everything from Bro...