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Italian Tenor Alfio on WGBH

Italian-Australian Singer Brings His Dynamic Mix of Traditional and Original Repertoire to Boston

ALFIO IN CONCERT

U.S. Public Television Special Airs on WGBH/2 Saturday 8/15 at 6pm and Tuesday, 8/18 at 9:30pm

 

Alfio

Alfio (Photo credit Shawn Connelly)

 

Concert Tour Comes to The Wilbur Theatre in November

Italian-Australian powerhouse vocalist ALFIO brings a new approach to the tenor tradition. Beloved around the world for his modern interpretations of Italian standards, classical takes on contemporary chart-toppers, and original compositions that bridge musical genres, ALFIO joins the illustrious ranks of tenors on U.S. public television with the debut of ALFIO IN CONCERT, airing in Boston Saturday, August 15 at 6 pm on WGBH/2 with an encore scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at 9:30 pm. During the broadcasts, fans who make a donation at the suggested level can get tickets for ALFIO’s November concert at The Wilbur Theatre.

Recorded in April 2015 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan, the concert airs throughout August 2015 on public television stations across the country (check local listings). For a preview of the concert, visit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-U0Z9mn6nw&feature=youtu.be

The opening notes of “Caruso” on ALFIO’s first U.S. television special set the stage for his new approach to the tenor tradition, as he accompanies himself on the piano for this classic, a rare talent among performers of the genre. ALFIO continues to surprise and delight with his song choices as he intersperses Italian standards including “Il Mondo” “Una Furtiva Lagrima” and “La Luna Ammenzu O Mari” with American hits like Elvis Presley’s “Surrender” and John Denver’s “Annie’s Song.” Detroit’s Mosaic Singers youth choir join ALFIO for a couple of songs including his original composition “Our Dream.” Another ALFIO original, “After Love,” could be as home on the American Pop charts as it is in the context of the special’s Italian repertoire of love and loss. ALFIO’s music crosses generations in its appeal, and the roots of this sensibility are evident in his original composition “Pavarotti,” inspired by his 2005 dinner with the maestro. ALFIO pays tribute to another public television predecessor, Andrea Bocelli, with a new arrangement of the song that brought the Italian tenor to the attention of U.S. audiences, “Con Te Partirò.” The special’s closing song, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” neatly sums up ALFIO’s approach and appeal.

ALFIO began his vocal training in Parma, Italy, encouraged to study the tenor repertoire by a composer who had worked with the great Luciano Pavarotti. However, ALFIO’s strong desire to sing contemporary music along with the classics, as well as to write and perform own compositions, led him to a unique musical identity he has joked is more a “nine-and-a-halfer” than a “tenor.” ALFIO’s humor is evident throughout the concert’s banter, as he connects with the audience telling stories of an unusual career path forged by his parents’ strong heritage and the generational push and pull to keep that culture alive while being true to himself.

ALFIO IN CONCERT is presented by Detroit Public Television and distributed nationally to public television stations by American Public Television. For more information about ALFIO visit http://www.alfiomusic.com.

 

About Lisa Cappuccio

Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.