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Local poet Walter Valeri joins Poets’ Theatre in Cambridge

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Local poet Walter Valeri recently became the first and only Italian to be elected to the Poets’ Theatre advisory board. Through this prestigious organization based in Cambridge, Valeri will be working on bringing a Dario Fo Festival to the area in 2016, on the occasion of Fo’s 90th birthday and the 30th anniversary of Fo’ and Franca Rame’s groundbreaking visit to the United States. In January, Valeri performed and recited poems by Giacomo Leopardi during the Poets’ Theatre’s “The Word Exchange” — a multi-linguistic and multi-cultural event held at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre.

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John Pizzarelli teams up with Newton’s New Philarmonia Orchestra (June 12)

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When: Friday, June 12, 2015 — 8 p.m. Where: First Baptist Church in Newton — 848 Beacon St, Newton, MA An evening with jazz guitar legend John Pizzarelli, presented by the New Philharmonia Orchestra, with Bo Winiker as guest conductor Ron Della Chiesa as the evening’s host. With Martin Pizzarelli, bass; Kevin Kanner, drums; Konrad Paszkudzki, piano and the New Philharmonia Orchestra. Click here to purchase tickets! Click here for more information about the event. www.newphil.org

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Tanglewood Festival (June 30)

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The duo will share the stage at the Tanglewood Music Festival on June 30

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NEMPAC presents Puccini’s La Boheme (June 25-27)

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It's Official! The dates are set, casting has been completed, and tickets are now on sale for the NEMPAC Opera Project's production of La Bohème.

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Two Italian Screenings at Brookline Library

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The Italian Consulate in Boston, in collaboration with The Public Library of Brookline and "C'era una volta...Brookline," is pleased to present "Two Italian Movies at Brookline".

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Boston Early Music Festival presents The Monteverdi Trilogy

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When and where: ULISSE Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3:30pm | Boston University Theatre, Boston Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7pm | Boston University Theatre, Boston Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7pm | Boston University Theatre, Boston POPPEA Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7pm | Boston University Theatre, Boston Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 3:30pm |Boston University Theatre, Boston ORFEO Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall, Boston SOLD OUT Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 3pm | Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington For the June 2015 Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival’s undertaking to produce all ...

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Local musician Lello Molinari launches Kickstarter campaign

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Local musician Lello Molinari, who hails from Italy, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds towards the release of the bassist’s latest album, “Lello’s Italian Job”. Check out the video below or click here to visit the campaign’s official page.

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Newpoli explores new folk frontiers in latest release

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Boston’s own Italian folk group is back! Drawing inspiration from their own members’ immigrant experiences, the group is set to realese its fourth album later this month, infusing their southern Italian sound with a fresh wave of originality. “In the last couple of years we’ve seen so many more young people emigrate from the south of Europe,” says guitarist and mandola player Björn Wennås. Their experiences inspired the album, as well as the title track, “Nun te Vutà” (Don’t Look Back). “It’s a very sympathetic song,” says singer Carmen Marsico. “Of course there’s sadness, but in the chorus there’s more ...

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Tribute to Frank Sinatra

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When: Sunday, May 31, 2015 6:00 PM Where: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. The World Famous Hal McIntyre Orchestra directed by Don Pentleton proudly presents A Tribute To Sinatra’s Centennial birthday. Starring local legend Steve Marvin $30.00 General Admission 781-646-4849 for reservations or log onto Regent Theatre  

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Soprano soars as lead angel in BU opera production

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An emerging operatic talent took flight in February during the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ production of “Angels in America” at the BU Theatre.

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Edinburgh Gadda Prize at Harvard University, with Fabrizio Gifuni

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The series of events have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the De Bosis Foundation and Tony Crolla, Vittoria Group Edinburgh, and through synergies with the Italian Consulate General Boston, the Harvard Italian Colloquium and Chiasmi 2015. This year’s event marks the Fifth Edition of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, guided by Honorary President Fabrizio Gifuni. Harvard 2015 | Award Ceremony When: Saturday 25 April, 6.00-8.00pm Where: Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St – Cambridge MA 02138 Italian Consul General Nicola Desantis joins Prize Honorary President Fabrizio Gifuni, RLL Chair Virginie Greene, De Bosis Committee ...

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Joe Avati Back to Basics and Back to Boston!

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When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:00 Where: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA ORDER TICKETS  Joe Avati returns to Boston with an ENCORE performance of his  award winning bilingual Italian stand up comedy show ‘Back to Basics’. Watching Joe Avati is like attending a master class in comedy – his timing, his observations and his delivery are second to none and its obvious why he has become a star on the worlds comedy stage selling out theatres and stadiums wherever he performs. This event will sell out so get your tickets early. Canada’s Guido Grasso will be Joe’s ...

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