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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 23, 2015 Page 5 PirandeUo Lyceum Boston Bel Canto Opera Aria Program an Outstanding Success A Frank De Paso uale Venture : For 18 years, the PirandeUo Lyceum has sponsored in January the Boston Bel Canto Italian Opera Aria Program. This year's program held at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center on Sunday, January 18, was a grand suc- cess. Many who have been attending this annual event for most of the 18 years declared it was the best such opera concert in all of the 18 years. Bradley Pennington, artis- tic director of the Boston Bel Canto Opera, who also pro- vided the beautiful piano ac- companiment, stated that this year's ensemble of sing- ers was the best he could bring to his devoted audi- ences of opera lovers. The audience, a full house, agreed with two standing ovations. There were four profes- sional artists who sang during the mostly Puccini accented program. The audience was given a de- lightful surprise when the program started with the opening aria from Mas- cagni's Cavalleria Rusti- cana, sung from the Dante balcony by Giovanni Formi- sano, a remarkable tenor, making his debut with the. Boston Bel Canto Opera. Other performers who delighted the audience were Lisa Correnti, soprano, Michelle Trainor, soprano and Alan Schneider, tenor. These wonderful artists transformed the audience with their professionally beautiful voices. The Pirandello Lyceum is a non- profit cultural organization with the goal of supporting Italian lan- guage and culture. For additional information visit www.pirandello.com. (781)- 640-3637. Quattro Grille, Rosticceria & Pizzeria OOO 266 Hanover St. 617,720.0444 Bricco Boutique Italian Cuisine OOO 241 Hanover St. 617,248.6800 Mar( Seafood & Oyster Bar OOO 135 Richmond St. 617,723.MARE Trattoria II Panino Boston's 1st Originat Trattoria OOO ] 1 Parmenter St. * 617.720.1336 Umbria Prime 5 Story Steakhouse o Oyster Bar & Night Club ooo 295 Franklin St. * 617.338.1000 Bricco Panefferia Homemade Artisan Breads OOO Bricco Place 241 Hanover St. * 617,248,9859 Bricco Salumeria & Pasta shoppe Over 50 Varieties OOO Bricco Place 241 Hanover St. 617.248.9629 (next to Bricco Panetteria} Lounge & Night Club Coming Soon OOO 150 Kneeland St. Gelateria & Cannoli Factory Homemade Gelato & Cannolis OOO 272 Hanover St. 64 Cross St. 617.720.4243 www.depasqualeventures.com North End Native Lends Scholarship Support to Musicians at Berklee Mr. Natale (center) with the current recipient of the Albert A. Natale Scholarship, Cosimo Boni of Reggello, Italy, and past recipient Tiziano Bianchi '11 of Castelnovo ne' Monti, Italy (right). (Photos by Kelly Davidson) Enjoying the Pirandello Boston Bel Canto Opera Aria Program with the singers are Pirandello board members (left to right) Lola Lombardo, Rosario Cascio, president, Lisa Correnti, soprano, Dorothy Maio, Josephine Parrella and Alan Schneider, tenor. 4 Kickoff your Super Bowl Sunday with II ! PuriNg half-ti e enjoy ... Party size pizza, eggplant parmesaN, deli platters, buffalo tenders, chicken fingers, 6 foot subs PINELLI'S Ravioli & Pastry Shop 282 Bennington Street, East Boston Rt. 1, South Lynnfield 617-567-1992 * 781-592-5552 * www.spinellis.com Mr. Albert A. Natale grew up in the North End of Boston, where he played the trumpet in his school band. After high school, he went on to play pro- fessionally and soon joined the RKO The- atre house band in Boston. From there, his career took him to Philadelphia, New York and beyond to work with many of the famous swing bands and entertain- ers of the era. Eventually, Natale returned to Boston and established the Al Natale Swing Band. The band became a popular and prominent Mr. Albert A. Natale (right) with Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown (left). fixture in the Boston area nightclub scene, providing acc0m- paniment for such singers as Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Paul Anka, Pat Boone and many others. Mr. Natale established the Albert A. Natale Scholarship at Berklee College of Music in 1995, and has been an annual supporter of the college ever since. The scholar- ship is awarded to a continuing student with outstanding performance skills in the Brass Department, with prefer- ence for a trumpet player. Berklee is grateful for Mr. Natale's continued support and the direct impact it has on students like Cosimo Boni and Tiziano Bianchi. i