Classical Italian Pianist Settles in Canada
Italian concert pianist, Mauro Bertoli, 27, has made the move from Brescia to Ottawa, a welcome addition to the Canadian classical music scene. Bertoli divides his time between his own solo projects and the chamber music repertoire. He frequently collaborates with international artists and orchestras. His latest project is a newly released album with violinist Lucia Cooreman Luque. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Giuseppe Sinopoli Award in recognition of his musical achievements. Bertoli is currently an associate performance faculty member at Carleton University.
2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The official celebration, titled Esperienza Italia, will be staged in Torino. From March to November, four exhibitions will take place that centre on four themes: history, creativity, art, and cuisine. Many sporting events, concerts, and film and theatre festivals will be organized to celebrate the Italian experience. Coordinators promise that Esperienza Italia will be “nove mesi di emozioni” and they encourage people everywhere to experience it with them.
Italian Navy Ship San Giusto in Halifax
San Giusto, an Italian Navy ship, arrived in Halifax on August 25 for a four day visit. As Canada’s principal military port, Halifax was an important stop for San Giusto. The visit, coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy, marked by a celebration with crewmembers of the Italian ship. San Giusto’s journey across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is an annual training exercise for second-year Italian Naval Academy midshipmen. The ship returned to Livorno, Italy, on September 17 after a two month expedition.
Dominic Mancuso Wins Juno
Toronto’s Dominic Mancuso was the winner of the 2010 Juno Award for Best World Music Album. In his celebrated record, Comfortably Mine, Mancuso covers timeless Italian tunes, like “O Sole Mio” and “Caruso,” and manages to make them recognizably his. Mancuso is also a member of The Sicilian Jazz Project, a group of musicians who blend Sicilian folk music with modern sounds. Mancuso is currently an artist in residence at Lula Lounge in Toronto, where he frequently performs both solo and with The Sicilian Jazz Project. He is presently working on crafting material for his next album.
Pop Singer Carlo Coppola Grabs Star’s Attention
Award-winning pop singer Carlo Coppola is making a name for himself. One of his newest songs, “L’Emozione No Ha Voce,” caught the eye (or, rather, ear) of a surprising supporter. When Adriano Celentano, the original performer of the song, heard the cover, he flew to Toronto to meet Coppola. He brought along his nephew, Luca Rocchi, who quickly signed on as the director of the song’s music video. Coppola’s newest album, Trasparente, was released this past year. He recently received an entry nomination for his single, “Il Mondo In Un Drink,” in Italy’s 2010 San Remo Festival.
Canadian Discovers Possible Leonardo da Vinci's painting
A fingerprint is known to be among the most effective signatures – but what about half a fingerprint? In 2007, Canadian art collector Peter Silverman paid over $20,000 for a painting that was believed to be an early 19th century German creation. After the purchase, Silverman had the image examined by a Parisian technology laboratory. Scientists discovered the tip of a fingerprint on the painting, which they say appears to match that of Leonardo da Vinci’s. Were this to be officially confirmed, the painting could be worth millions of dollars. Until then, the debate rages over the painting’s origins.
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