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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 18, 2011 Page11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day "Renaissance Man." Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Following his mother's advice to always follow your dreams, Tynan decided to launch a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams. Ronan sang at the White House Governors' Ball at the invitation of President and Mrs. Bush in February, 2007, and in 2008 returned to the White House to sing at the St. Patrick's Day Reception attended by members of the U.S. and Irish governments. He performed during the Concert of Hope prior to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium in April, 2008. He is currently in the recording stages of two upcoming CD releases, one an all-Irish CO, and a second collection of songs performed at his concerts and requested by fans throughout the world. In 2007 due to popular demand, he released a DVD of his motivational speech: Hitting the High Notes, Living Life to the Fullest. See Music Section for more details. THEATER each show! Learn more or order tick- ets by calling 1-781-230-EXPO or Special Events p MUSIC THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA BROKE-OLOGY FAMILY AT A CROSSROADS - March 25 - April 23, 2011. A stirring portrait of an inner- city African-Amerlcan family's defin- ing moments, Jackson's writing con- tains "so much verve and pathos that passages...practically sing" (Var/ety). As they long for simpler times, ten- sion builds between two brothers as their conflicting interests churn into a surprising outcome. "Jackson's characters love, laugh, dance, and argue in a way that honors their bit- tersweet survival." {The New Yorker) ANIMAL CRACKERS MADCAP MUSICAL MAYHEM! - May 6 June 4, 201 I. Hilarity ensues in this classic Marx Brothers musical when Mrs. Rittenhouse's swanky house party honoring the African explorer Captain Spaulding is interrupted by the pilfering of a prominent painting. Screwball antics arise as the guests search for the thief, resulting in this "uproarious slapstick comedy" (New York Times). Visit or call 617-585-5678 for tickets. NORTH SHORE MUSICAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE 466 Central St., Saugus, MA BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Sun- day. March 20th at 2pm. Don't miss Beauty and the Beast as part of their year-round series. The theatre also welcomes Goldilocks on April 10th, the Tanglewood Marionettes Sleep- ing Beauty on April 17th. Pocahontas on May 15th and Jack and the Beanstalk on June 5th. All custom- ers for the Beauty and the Beast per- formance will be given free tickets to Sleeping Beautyl Bring your camera for the free cast meet and greet after WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont Street, Boston RONAN TYNAN - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Ronan Tynan, one of the great Irish tenors of his gen- eration, is giving an afternoon con- cert. It's a great chance to hear this gifted performer and to put a fitting finale to your St. Patrick's Day celebra- tions. So celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style this year at the majestic Wilbur Theatre, enjoying the beautiful mu- sic of Ronan Tynan. Log onto for tickets and more information. TD GARDEN CAUSEWAY ST., BOSTON, MA ROD STEWART AND STEVIE NICKS - March 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM In a career spanning five decades, with an estimated 250 million album and single sales, Rod St-wart is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and indisputably one of the most successful performers of all time. He finished 2010 at the top of both the touring and album charts -- highlighted by his critically-her- alded, sold-out first run of concerts at The Colosseum in Las Vegas, a "Boxscore,* chart-topping, 33-date European summer tour, which in- cluded four sold-out dates at London's 02 Arena. Throughout his prolific ca- reer, he's garnered 16-Grammy nomi- nations, including his current for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album," and sales of more than one million albums worldwide for his 2010 album FLY ME TO THE MOON ... THE GREAT AMERI- CAN SONG-BOOK, VOLUME V. Stevie Nicks, Rock and Roll's reigning queen, will be releasing her highly anticipated new CD "IN: YOUR DREAMS" on May 3, 2011. The new album, her first al- bum of new material in a decade, was co-produced by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The official release date of the single is February 3rd. Call 800-745-3000 or for tickets. BOSTON CONSERVATORY THEATER 31 Hemenway St.. Boston, MA THE MIKADO (OR THE TOWN OF TITIPU) - March 31--April 3, 2011. The Mikado has delighted audiences for more than a century, and is argu- ably the most popular comic opera ever written. This quintessential sat- ire of human nature represents both Gilbert and Sullivan at the height of their creative geniuses. It is filled with masterful Gilbertian lyrics and mag- nificent Sullivanian musical "hits," conveyed with orchestral brilliance. Populated with memorable charac- ters and colorfully exotic costumes and sets, The Mikado is wildly funny. According to Cairns, "The Mikado was inspired by Victorian England's craze for Japan. The show incorporated the contemporary audience's associations with that exotic Eastern land; and through that veil of mystique, Gilbert continued his mockery of the English system. What evokes Japan to a mod- ern day, Western audience? Sushi? Anime? Hello Kitty? All this and more can be found down the rabbit hole in our topsy-turvy world - a kind of "Alice in Japanland,' where we embrace the tradition of G&S by turning tradition on its head!" THE WHO'S TOMMY[ - April 8 -i0, 201 I. A book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuffMuslc and Lyrics by Pete TownshendAdditional Music and Lyr- ics by John Entwistle and Keith MoonBased on The Who's rock.op- era, Tommy After witnessing hi father's murder, Tommy is trauma- tized into catatonia. As an adolescent, he discovers a natural knack for pin- ball, and breaking through his cata- tonla, becomes an international pin- ball superstar. Directed by Boston Conservatory Alumnus Austin Regan (B.F.A.'07). F. Wade Russo, musical di- rector and conductor. Lillian Carter, choreographer. The Boston Conser- vatory trains exceptional young per- forming artists for careers that en- rich and transform the human expe- rience. For information, visfl SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY RO1rl ONE SOUTH. LYNNFIEU), MA NORTH END REUNION - Thurs- day, September 22, 2011 at 6PM. Join your friends who grew up in the North End for fun times and memories. Din- ner and dancing to the music from the 50's and 60's. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284-5945. Seating is limited. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA THOMAS ADES - Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.and Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.Conductor, composer, and pianist Thomas Adds makes his BSO con- ducting debut in a program inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. Mak- ing his BSO debut in these concerts, Thomas Adds conducts a thoughtfully conceived program much of which was inspired by Shakespeare's great play The Tempest. Tchaikovsky's tone poem by that name, composed in 1875, is one of his several Shakespeare-in- spired works. Sibelius's rarely heard incidental music for the play dates from very late in his compositional life, 1926. Ads's 2004 opera The Tempest was commissioned and premiered by the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. This selection of scenes features the BSO debuts of Israeli soprano Hila Plitmarm, English soprano Kate Royal, and English tenor Toby Spence, along with the return to Symphony Hall of baritone Christopher Maltman. Making his BSO debut is the English violinist Anthony Marwood, per- forming Thomas Ads's acclaimed Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths (2005). Tickets may be ordered at or by calling 888-266-1200. Disount tickets are available to those under 40. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA PERFECT IMBALANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHETICS - Now through December 31, 201 I. Located in the: Chinese Art, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Gal- lery. Chinese culture is diverse, longstanding and ever-changing. Yet common ties unite. This exhibition offers an approach to understanding Chinese culture through a study and celebration of the aesthetics of Chi- nese art. Objects included reveal key aesthetic clues that define the art of China, and distinguish it from art produced by neighboring regions, or art made in China for the xport market. These aesthetic standards prevailed with the passing of time and foreign influences. Ultimately they are a testament to the power of art. The exhibition features 30 ob- jects that date from the Neolithic era to 2004 in a range of media including paintings, jade, textiles, and prints. AUSPICIOUS WISHES AND NATU- RAL BEAUTY IN KOREAN ART - Now through March 1, 2012. Located in the: Korean Art, Yu-Kil Chun Gallery of Korean Art and Culture. Newly re- designed and reinstalled, the ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" 11:00AM to I:00PM every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" w/Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10AM to IPM www. "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti IIAM-IPM Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" Every Sunday at 12 Noon to 3PM on radio stations WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8AM - 9AM every Sunday on WSRO 650 AM in Framingham and online at "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. Tony's Place on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pro on MusicAmerica host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99.1. During the hour Ron will feature recordings by his good friend Tony Bennett. You'll hear all your Bennett favorites from his early hits to his latest Grammy winners, www.MusicNotNoise, corn PARAMOUNT THEATER 560 Washington St., Boston MA COMPAGNIA TPO TO LIGHT UP BOSTON WITH 'FARFALLE' - May 10-15, 2011. Italy will be represented in this year's Celebrity Series of Boston by Compagnia TPO's Farfalle (Butterflies), described as "visual theatre of the senses, an immersive experience that brings together theatre and contemporary art and creates an innovative, magical rela- tionship between children and per- formers." The event is co-presented by ArtsEmerson.The technological centerpiece of the show is the CCC or "Children Cheering Carpet," a spe- cial sensor-covered mat which inter- acts with dancers and the audience in real, enchanted time. The won- drous, other-worldly *sensory gar- dens" of Farfalle, take audiences on a magnificent journey through a lit- eral and symbolic story of a butterfly's life cycle. In Butterflies the audience is immersed in the many folds of this life, "told" by two dancers moving in- side a sensitive environment made of music and digital images. With But- terflies TPO continues its experi- ments in the expressive potential aris- ing from the use of new digital lan- guages (computer graphics/interac- tive technologies) associated with dance, music and movement. In this work the company has a sound/im- age interactive system based on Max/ Msp software with Jitter. This system makes use of various types of sen- sors, which interact with the move- ments of the dancers and the public in real time. For tickets log onto SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB 400 Soldiers Field Rd.. Boston, MA ROBERTA GAMBARINI - Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8 p.m. will be in Boston this spring to present her latest work, So in Love. Roberta Gambarini,born in Torino, Italy, into a family where jazz was much loved and appreciated, she began listening to this music as a child and started taking clarinet lessons when she was twelve years old. By the time she was 17, she began singing and performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy and at the age of 18, she decided to move to Milan to pursue a career as a jazz singer. On February 12, 2008. Roberta made her major label debut museum's Yu Kil-Chun Gallery of Korean Art arld Culture features a new exhibition - Auspicious Wishes and Natural Beauty in Korean Art - explor- ing the use of symbols and natural materials in Korean aesthetic traditions. WRITTEN ON THE WAVES: SHIP- BOARD LOGS AND JOURNALS - Now through October I, 2012. Lo- cated in the: Maritime rt, Mifflin Gallery. Delve into the world of mari- time manuscripts from PEM's re- nowned Phillips Library collection. Explore the logbooks of 18th-century sea captains as they voyaged around the globe recording extraordinary details of their adventures. Also fea- tured are journals, orders books, let- ters and commonplace books. For more information please log onto or call i- 978-745-9500, 866 745-1876. For the Hearing Im- paired please call 1-978-740-3649. with You Are There (Groovin" High/ Emarcy}, a collection of 14 hauntingly beautiful melodies, with the legend- ary pianist, Hank Jones. The music was recorded in one afternoon; Roberta and Hank had no concept for the album -- just 25 tunes they liked and thought would be interest- ing to record. "There were no isola- tion booths, no headphones, no over dubs," Gambarini remembers. "The sound would be just what you would hear had you been in someone's living room playing among friends." That is the magic of Hank Jones. Please call 617-562-4111 or log onto for tickets and more information. APPIAN CLUB OF STONEHAM 42 Pleasant St., Stoneham, Ma. ADULT ITALIAN CLASSES - An eight week beginners class on Tues- day evenings will start on April 5th. Come join us for an adult beginners Italian class sponsored by the Appian Club. Instructor is Tiffany Bistocchl, graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA (2003) with a major in Italian and a Master's in Italian from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont (2006). She has lived in Italy for three years and has traveled the country extensively and is currently teaching in the Burlington school system. The class is casual, interest- ing and the experience will be en- joyable and fun. If you are traveling to Italy this summer or just want to relive your heritage roots, this class is for you. You'll learn the basics starting at the beginning. Advanced classes will be offered to further your progress along. The class is spon- sored by the Appian Club of Stoneham, a non-profit social, chari- table organization whose mission is to promote Italian culture and heri- tage. Contact coordinator John Nocella at 781-438-5687 or preferably by email, BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA NOTTE TRICOLORE - April 8, 2011 at 8:00PM. Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Unita Tecnica di Mssione presents Notte Tricolore an Official celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Europa Unita. Fabrlzio Maria Carminati is the Conductor. Rossana Tomassi Golka on Piano. The program consists of Part I The Star Spangled Banner, Worldwide Premier: Hymn of Italy for Piano and Orchestra, The Leopard Suite, The Force of Destiny. Part II Norma: Libera Fantasia e Varlazione per Pianoforte e Orches- tra. Don't miss this fabulous event. It will be a night to remember. For tickets please call 617-266-1200 or 1-888-266-1200 or log ohto ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO 450 Harrison Ave, #223B, Boston MA MARIAN DIOGUARDI PRESENTS TEN NEW PAINTINGS - Every first Friday of the month, Artist Marian Dioguardi invites people to visit her Boston studio at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 223B, from 5 to 9 PM. Ten new "Laundry Line" paintings based on Burano, Venezia, will be sho.wcased in tonight. Marian Dioguardi was born and raised in the Italian-American neighborhood of urban East Boston. She pursued her childhood ambition, art, only after a more traditional career in education gave way to more colorful careers including undercover investigations and gem stone buying. For further information on Marian Dioguardi, please visit her website at