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NEMPAC presents “Neapolitan and Italian Love Songs”

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When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North St., Boston MA 02113 On May 7, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center will take part in the 2016 Allegro concert series brought to Boston by Sounds of Italy. The Saturday show titled “Neapolitan and Italian Love Songs” will feature artist and tenor Salvatore Atti, the artistic director and pianist of NEMPAC’s winter concert series Christina Wright Ivanova, as well as soprano Jacyln Atti. For tickets, click here.

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Salimblues to perform at Ryles (May 11)

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When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 9 p.m. Where: Ryles – 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 Who says Italians can only sing Opera? Salimblues, a new, exciting all-Italian Boston band, performs covers of great Italian songwriters of the 1960’s-90’s, such as Pino Daniele, Edoardo Bennato, Lucio Battisti, Paolo Conte, and many others. A great mix of traditional and modern music, a bridge from Naples to Chicago, featuring histrionic front man Stefano Salimbeni, pyrotechnic blues guitarist Matteo Casini, and Guido Bartoloni, Pasquale Iocola, Guy Zagami. rylesjazz.com

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Sounds of Italy concert series presents Alma Antigua

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When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Where: I AM Books – 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113 Click here to purchase tickets. Alma Antigua: Cassan/Muratore/Pignataro is a trio exploring original music and arranged existing compositions from the Mediterranean regions and Latin America in a chamber jazz context, while maintaining the connection to its folkloric roots. The combination of soulful and haunting melodies with modes and resonances from these geographical areas creates a very original springboard for improvisation, moving musical dialogs and creative interpretations. Roberto Cassan: Accordion John Muratore: Guitar Marco Pignataro: Soprano & Tenor Saxophone ...

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A mix of Sicily and jazz: Cettina Donato comes to Boston (April 23)

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When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA (Parking validation for Parcel 7 parking lot, above Boston Public Market) Purchase tickets online On April 23, Messina Conservatory’s Cettina Donato will take part in the ongoing Allegro concert series by Sounds of Italy Festival in Boston. Born and raised in Sicily, Cettina is a classical and jazz piano player, composer, arranger and conductor. She graduated in Jazz Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also graduated in Classical and Jazz piano and Composition, in Musical Didactic at Conservatory ...

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Coro Dante Spring Concert (May 15)

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When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA Coro-Dante Concerto di Primavera All-Italian Repertoire Chorus of the Dante Alighieri Society Kevin Galiè, M.M., J.D., Director Ilana Cady, Pianist Choruses and Arias from Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda; Popular Songs, Madrigals and Songs from Napoli $5 Validated parking at Kendall Sq. Cinema Free on-street parking in Cambridge on Sundays Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. New members always welcome. Facebook: Coro Dante Link for official flyer: http://www.dantemass.org/events/downloads/Coro_Dante_Spring_Concert_2016.pdf

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Film screening: The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life

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When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 7:05 pm Where: Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161), 465 Huntington Ave., Boston MA The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life by Emanuela Giordano (Italy/France, 2015, 54 min.). Italian & French with English subtitles. The rich story of the Jews of Venice is celebrated in this charming film, which uses an inventive mix of documentary and drama, animation, location photography, and interviews. Conjuring up 500 years of history, language, architecture, food, art, and politics—even the smells of market day—the film introduces us to Lorenzo ...

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Walter Valeri presents A Piedi Nudi

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When: Saturday, April 16 – 7 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Italian award-winning poet Walter Valeri will take center stage at the Allegro concert series on Saturday, April 16. Presented by Sounds of Italy Festival, the concert titled “A Piedi Nudi” (Bare feet) will feature Walter Valeri, with David Gullette (vocals), Alexandra Stoica (violin) and Nikole Stoica (violin). Valeri is a published poet, playwright and scholar. His collection of poetry, Canzone dell’amante infelice, (1985) was awarded Italy’s national literary prize, the Mondello. Other collections of poetry Ora settima (1990) Deliri Fragili (2008) Visioni in punto ...

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Italian Madrigal Festival at UMass Amherst

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When: April 16-17, 2016 Where: UMass Amherst UMass Amherst Assistant Professor Emiliano Ricciardi has organized a one-of-a-kind two-day festival focusing on the Italian musical compositions popular during the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. The program includes symposiums, talks, concerts and more. (Click here for event’s official page) Schedule: Saturday, April 16 Scholarly Symposium UMass Renaissance Center, 650 E. Pleasant St, Amherst (Google map) Paper Sessions (all day), Performance (10:30am), Exhibit (1-2pm) Free, please REGISTER: renaissance@english.umass.edu or 413-577-3603 Include your name, contact info and if you are bringing a guest. Renaissance Center website Renaissance Center, Conferences webpage 8:55am: Welcome by Arthur ...

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PIB and Dante Alighieri host North End documentary screening

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When: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. Where: Dante Alighieri Society – 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA Professionisti Italiani a Boston and Dante Alighieri Society will host a special screening of the recently released North End documentary produced by the North End Historical Society. The documentary producers will be present at the screening. The screening will take place on April 24 at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts in Cambridge. Click on the flyer below for more details:

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Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 30th Season with Italian Opera Gala

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When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 6 p.m. Where: Dassault Systèmes, 175 Wyman St, Waltham, MA The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an elegant fundraiser, “Italian Opera Gala,” on Saturday, April 30. This event will include a cocktail hour, Italian dinner, and performances by noted soloists from The Bostonians and the Boston Latin School Chamber Choir. The gala will be emceed by Waltham’s own fashion diva, Yolanda Cellucci, and will take place at Dassault Systèmes, 175 Wyman St, Waltham, MA. The featured soloists are Noune Karapetian, Soprano; Roselin Osser, Mezzo; Michael Calmés, Tenor; and Philip Lima, ...

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New Project “Scanzonati” Debuts at Sounds of Italy (April 9)

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When: Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston, MA For tickets, click here. “Scanzonati” is the new project that once again brings together jazz singer Stefano Marchese and Berklee Faculty Andrea Pejrolo. Expressing the deep love the two musicians have for the widely known “canzone” form, the project also represents an incredibly rich and precious age of the Italian music made of well-written music infused with lyrical finesse. Gino Paoli, Angelo Branduardi, Fiorella Mannoia, Pino Daniele and Domenico Modugno are only some of the most renowned and prestigious artists that the project ...

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Italy’s “The Family Whistle” at Boston International Film Festival

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The famed Coppola family of filmmakers and musicians descends from Agostino Coppola, a poor immigrant from an impoverished village in Southern Italy.

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