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The Music and Life of Arlington High School Music Director Tino “Mr. T” D’Agostino

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As the notes from Hollywood’s most famous scores – from “Star Wars” to “Titanic” all the way to a goose bump-inducing rendition of Schindler’s List theme – filled a jam packed Arlington City Hall Auditorium, many in the audience kept their eyes closed: after all there is no better combination than movies and music to be swept away by powerful memories and emotion. Especially when the music is so flawless it could be coming out of the speakers of a theater or from the seasoned instruments played by the expert hands of an orchestra of famous professional musicians. Instead, when ...

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Jazz musician and educator Marco Pignataro finds his place in Boston

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After 20 years away from his native Bologna, jazz saxophonist and composer Marco Pignataro is finally feeling at home in Boston. But as he discusses his latest album Sofia’s Heart – released in late 2011 to critical acclaim – it becomes clear that hasn’t always been the case. On an album that Pignataro describes as a “personal musical diary,” songs like “Homesick” and “Bologna d’Inverno” express his sense of longing for Italy. “Once you’re outside your country, you feel like part of you is still there,” Pignataro says. “It never leaves. Through a part of my life it was a ...

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Nella de Luca Lush Paints Unconventional Beauty

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As a child growing up in Puglia, Nella de Luca Lush found herself surrounded by art and artists, so it’s no surprise that she carved out a career for herself as a painter. Though the North Andover-based artist has been living in the United States on and off since 1983, “the old country” – as she calls it – still influences her immensely, with scenes of Italy constantly showing up on her canvasses. Here, she talks about Italy, her inspiration and why she doesn’t create conventionally “beautiful” works. Bostoniano: How did you first discover the world of art as a ...

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Michelangelo’s masterpieces come to Boston

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Two thousand thirteen is the year of Italian Culture in the United States and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is one organization that’s undoubtedly on board with the initiative. Not only did the museum welcome the Roman bronze sculpture “Brutus” on January 18, but now the institution is also preparing to honor Michelangelo in a new exhibition. “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti” opens on April 21 and comprises 26 drawings from the great Renaissance artist, all on loan from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence. Prior to arriving at the MFA, the works will conclude their ...

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Pugliese Ceramicist Enza Fasano

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Once a month, the business and artistic spaces of SoWa come alive in the evening when they open their doors to the public for First Fridays. And for Giardini di Sole, an importer of handmade Italian ceramics and tables, the First Friday of February proved to be extra special, as it marked the opening of a new installation of works by Enza Fasano. A respected figure in the world of Italian ceramics, Fasano lives and works in the pottery-rich town of Grottaglie, Puglia, where she grew up watching and learning from her father, Nicola, a master ceramicist. She was just ...

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247 Drums founder Sergio Bellotti

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“I was fired for love,” recalls musician and teacher Sergio Bellotti from behind the counter of his brand new drum store in Winchester, Mass. It happened in the middle of the ocean, aboard the cruise ship he was playing on, at the hands of the bandleader he was playing for. A native of Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, he was a professional drummer from Italy who had never set foot on American soil. “A telex had come with a message for me, and at a time of no cell phones, when international communication was super expensive, when a ...

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Graphic designer Donald Tarallo

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Donald Tarallo is a graphic designer and assistant professor and presidential Fellow at Bridgewater State University. Since 2011, he has been researching Italy’s contributions to graphic design and typography, dating from ancient Rome to modern times. Tarallo has exhibited his findings at the Italian Consulate in Boston, Worcester Public Library and Italian American Cultural Center in Worcester. Here, he speaks about the inspiration for researching ancient inscriptions and typography (since they are technically considered different–typography was born with the invention of printing in the 1450s, but the Roman inscriptions are as far back as 62AD), the discoveries he made in ...

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Capitoline Brutus Arrives at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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One of Ancient Rome's most stunning bronze portraits will be on display at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts until May 1, 2013.

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Contemporary Painter Marian Dioguardi

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An exclusive interview with painter Marian Dioguardi, who recalls how she was influenced growing up in an Italian family in East Boston and her fascination with laundry lines... and Jell-O.

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Christmas Concert at Sacred Heart Church

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The North End was all wrapped up in the holiday spirit on Dec. 4, as the first annual Christmas concert, featuring Italian songs and arias, took place at Sacred Heart Church.

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Lawrence Performance Honors Giovannitti on 100th Anniversary of Speech

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On November 23, the Everett Mills in Lawrence were home to Teatro del Loto's theatrical interpretation of Arturo Giovannitti's self defense of 1912.

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Mario Pirovano Brings Francis, Dario Fo to Boston Area

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Mario Pirovano runs on an inexhaustable fuel called theater. During a recent tour stop in Boston, the 62-year-old Italian actor was busy setting the stage lights at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge. “How is that? Can you see my eyes? Too much shadow?” With a slight British accent, Pirovano ran around the stage, already practicing the evening’s show: The first-ever U.S. performance of Dario Fo’s “Francis the Holy Jester.” “The expression, it’s important, it’s all in the facial expression.” Pirovano grimaces, smiles, frowns and laughs — all in just a few seconds. They are all faces and masks he ...

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