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Belmont’s Beech Street Center to Revive Salvatore Arnò’s music

Salvatore Arnò

Salvatore Arnò (photo courtesy Stephen Loikith)

On October 26th, classical music for piano and voice by the early 20th century Italian composer Salvatore Arnò, will be performed for the first time this century.

During Arnò’s lifetime, he achieved the admiration of his audiences and fellow musicians throughout Italy and in Boston. Newspaper reviews heartily express these sentiments. A representation of his musical repertoire was published at that time; including a collection of solo piano pieces. The remainder of his music, over 300 works, survived only as original handwritten manuscripts, kept in the private collection of his grand-niece, Vena Coco.

Stephen Loikith, an active musician and historian in the Boston area, and Vena Coco have collaborated to revive Arnò’s music, as well as to preserve previously unpublished pieces. Together, they have taken dozens of manuscripts and digitized them for historical preservation. Through these efforts, Salvatore Arnò’s music will be enjoyed again.

A concert in honor of Salvatore Arnò will be held at 3pm October 26th, 2014 in the multi-purpose room at the Beech Street Center – 266 Beech St., Belmont, MA. It will feature soprano Victoria Bartolomeo and pianist Sarah Troxler.

This concert is a part of the 2014 October Italian Heritage Month.

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