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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 19, 2010 Page3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 .1971 to 1990 Vol. 114 - No. 12 Friday, March 19, 2010 GUEST EDIT()RIAL MAYOR TOMMY MENINO, AKA TRANSFORMER MAYOR by Sal Giarratani Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently proposed to close branch libraries and community centers to cut costs and reshape how the city serves neighborhood needs. In a speech at the annual luncheon of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, he stated, "We need to close some buildings that are not offering the high- est quality service to the residents of Boston." According to the mayor, the city's community centers and pools are facing the same fate as the libraries. The Boston Public Library system is facing a $3.6 million budget deficit and there has been talk of clos- ing as many as eight branches and lying off staff. The mayor stated that the system "as currently con- structed is stretched too thin." The mayor speaking in broad terms talked about a "great transformation." This so-called transformation is actually about lim- ited resources and hard choices. Amy E. Ryan, the BPL president echoing Menino said, "It's not about closing branches. It's really about a transformation of the Boston Public Library and how we deliver ser- vices most successfully." The Boston Herald reacted to his speech in a March 5 editorial stating, "Boston Mayor Tom Menino has developed this uncanny ability to deliver lemons and try to convince people its lemonade." The mayor's "transformation" talk is really about few choices in a bad economy. No one wants painful cuts but touting these cuts as a transformation is as the Herald called it "frankly disingenuous." Reading the text of the mayor's speech reminded me of an Abe Lincoln story. Once while on the cam- paign stump, Honest Abe asked a roomful of voters, "How many legs does a dog have ff you call a taft a leg?" The audience started yelling "Five" out loud. Abe said they were incorrect. The answer was still four legs because "saying something's so doesn't make it so". Closing library branches isn't about bringing the library system into the 21 s century; it is about making due with less. It would be better for our neigh- borhoods to shorten the library daily hours or closing branches down one day a week. Closing branch (Continued on Page 15) THE DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESENTS Carlo Aonzo & Elena Buttiero A new CD by Cctrlo Aonzo and Elena Buttiero, II MandoUno Italiano nel Settecento (The Italian Mandolin in the Eighteenth Century). Perform- ing at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachu- setts, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, Mas- sachusetts on S;unday, March 28, 2010 at 3:00PM. For tickets please call 617-876-5160, tickets will also be available at the door. Inspired by the success of their recent tour and of their concerts throughout Italy, Carlo Aonzo (mandolin) and Elena Buttiero (spinet) have recorded a collection of songs from their repertoire. These selections represent some of the most important eighteenth-century music for mandolin and spinet. This record, under the Devega label, traces the fortunes of the mandolin in Italy as well as in Europe, during the period in which it was becoming popular as a concert instru- ment. It affirms the importance of this very Italian instrument in music history. In the second half of the century, the Nea- politan mandolim came into being as a fu- sion of elements from several existing in- struments. The trdning was based on that of the violin, while Ithe bowl-shaped sound box was already a feature of other mandolin va- rieties. The headlstock, the movable bridge, and curved face were features of various types of guitars off the period. The Neapolitan mandolin did not originate as a folk instrumtent, but rather as a concert instrument. It allso became popular in the musical training[ of young aristocrats and was widely played among the nobility. The elegant inlays of surviving instru- ments from that period, the evidence we have from art of the period, and the variety of origi- nal compositions all prove that the mando- lin was a court instrument and, above all, a concert instrument. THE MUSICIANS: Carlo Aonzo performs regularly in Europe and the United States, where he has estab- lished himself as a principal proponent of the classical mandolin. Graduating with honors from the conser- vatory in Padua, he has played with several musical institutions such as the Philhar- monic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Among his awards are the "Vivaldi" first prize at the Vittorio Pitzianti National Man- dolin Competition in Venice, and first prize at the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Con- test in Winfield, Kansas. He has recorded a concert video on the his- tory of the solo mandolin repertory for Mel Bay (Carlo Aonzo: Classical Mandolin Virtuoso). His COs include Serenata (Acoustic Music, Germany), Traversata, (Acoustic Disc, USA) and Vivaldi - Concerti per mandolino, and Kaze, with guitarist Katsumi Nagaoka, which they performed on their concert tour of Japan in 2007. He leads the annual Manhattan Mandolin Workshop in New York and in 2006 he began the International Italian Academy for the Mandolin. As a researcher, he has worked on the ori- gins of his instrument. He has collaborated with the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Music/ans and has edited books on music for Berben Publishers. He has given presenta- tions on the iconography of the mandolin at institutions such as Boston University and the National Instrument Museum in Rome. Elena Buttiero earned her degree in pi- ano from the Cuneo Conservatory. She has performed in many cities throughout Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, France and Serbia. She recorded two COs, on which she plays the harp, with the Birkin Tree: Continental Reel (Robi Droll, Cgd East, 1996) and A Cheap Present (Felmay, 1998), which is distributed in Europe, Asia and America. In the field of music pedagogy, she has published a soffeggio method, H Centone (Caruso Ed. Musicali, 2006). Since 1990 she has been a piano instructor on the faculty of the Scuola Media ad indirizzo musicale di Savona (Savona's music-oriented middle school). Tiffany Lamps Exhibition R.J. Antonelli and Company Incorporated Honorable Senator JOSEPH A. LANGONE III JOSEPH A. LANGONE, JR. JOJO You are both remembered in our hearts and thoughts always ... Elegant Tiffany Lamps on display at the Cultural Exchange Center at 80 Border Street, in East Boston; skillfully designed by John Mastrangelo, of Kelley's Pub. When lit, the stained glass glows with sparkling colors, and will enhance any room in your home. Mr. Mastangelo has been working with stained glass for many years, and at the request of art lovers has agreed to present his works of art for public viewing. Shown in photo above with one of his lamps is John and his wife Bernice. If you are interested in learning more about these unique, one of a kind lamps, and wall hang- ings you can e-mail John Mastrangelo, Stained Glass Studio at (Photos by Robert Hunt Photography) Accountants and Auditors Boston Business Journal Top 50 Firms - 2004/2005 Corporation * Trusts * Estates * Individuals Computer Services * Financial Planning Buying and Selling Businesses I.R.S. and D.O.R. Representation * Federal and State Taxes 331 Montvale Avenue rim] Rocco J. Antonelli, C.P.A. iml I I Citizens Bank B!ldg. @ 1-93 Illr]ll.]?l,I}[lIIi Woburn, MA 01801 Since 1948