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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 30, 2010 Dante's International Conference (Continued from Page 1) Members of the Dante Alighieri of Cambridge welcome guests from Rome's Dante headquarters and representatives from various US and Canada chapters. by this historical Italian institution -- founded in 1889 by Nobel laureate, poet Giosue' Carducci to foster and promote Italian language and culture -- as it enters its 12 th decade of interrupted activity. Consul General of Italy in Boston Liborio Stellino opened the session by ac- knowledging the increased pride of immigrants and their descendants. In fact over 10 million of them "came out" so to speak, by describing them- selves as "Italians" in the last two Censuses, after not doing so in previous Census rounds. "To be Italian means to have a culture of "saper vivere," to appreciate life, to live with harmony and style," he said. "Unfortunately, this appreciation of our culture is not matched by the reality of Italian teaching in our schools." Italian Embassy's eco- nomic adviser Cristiano Maggipinto, speaking on behalf of Ambassador Giulio Terzi, added onto the same theme. "While the demand for Italian products, from cars to trains to mechanical items has increased, Italian has been dropped from the list of Advanced Placement exams," he said. "This is not the sign of a lack of in- terest in our language, but that of a shortage of certified teachers." In order to face this problem, the Italian Embassy and the Boston consulate, led by the relent- less efforts of Educational Director Carlo Cipollone, have formulated strategies to encourage a new genera- tion of young teachers of Italian. Dante's education com- mittee member, Steve Maio, recalled the struggles of be- ing Italian-American in Mas- sachusetts. He remembered his father, who came to Bos- ton from Sicily at age 15 and worked hard, so that his children could "make it" in America as professionals and educators. Unfortu- nately, the study of the Italian language, somewhat different from the paternal Sicilian dialect, was left out. Dr. Maio, however, made sure that Italian was offered in the schools he supervised during his career as a public school official. Finally, Secretary General Alessandro Masi -- "really the event's keynote speaker" -- gave an overview of the mission of the Dante Alighieri Society and its chapters around the world. "Italian is a cultural 'lingua franca'," he stated "and the Dante of Cambridge is one of the oldest chapters, thus a natural location for the certification of new teachers with the PLIDA program." Currently one of the main issues on the mind of Dante's Rome management, PLIDA (Programma Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) is an inter- national certification of Italian language proficiency the Italian equivalent of TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language). Prepara- tions are in order to en- able the Dante Alighieri of Cambridge to be an inter- nationally recognized center for PLIDA's testing and evaluating process are al- ready underway. THEWILBUR.COM ticketmaster by phone: 800-745-3000  Wilbur Box Office 246 Tremont St.- Box Office Hours: Noon-6 PM ax reviewing the besti::forgetting the rest CIRCA SURVIVE -- BLUE SKY NOISE Atlantic Philadelphia-based Circa Survive make their Atlantic Records debut with the release of Blue Sky Noise. Delivering a dozen tracks of mind-blowing music cre- ations that result in each song, being differently inter- preted by each listener. That's a good thing, as vocal- ist Anthony Green uses his searing voice to take your mind to places you've never been before. "Strange Ter- rain" explodes to open, setting the pace for soaring slices as, "Get Out," the piercing "Glass Arrows," the liberation of "I Felt Free," the powerful "Imaginary Enemy," and fills the first half with "Through the Desert Alone." Green's 2008 period of depression landed him in a mental in- stitution, where he found a new perspective in life. That has served him well, as his vocals and the lyrics on this album will attest. Second half happenings have, the re- flective "Frozen Creek," the convulsive "Fever Dreams," plus "Spirit of The Stairwell," going the distance with "The Longest Mile," the instru- mental genius of "Compen- dium," and the closer, "Dyed In the Wool." Catch Circa Survive live at Boston's House of Blues on May 17tK Their performance will make the trip worthwhile! BO BICE -- 3 Sugarmoney-Saguaro Road Bo Bice, a popular contes- tant on the fourth season of American Idol, and runner-up to Carrie Underwood, re- leases his third album, sim- ply titled "3". A healthy mix of soulful southern blues and rock, backed with gospel-fla- vored choruses, and a tad of country. Bice had a hand in the penning of the ten songs, along with playing both acous- tic and electric guitar. The likeable artist opens with the flowing "Keep On Rollin'," trailed by the pain of "Differ- ent Shades of Blue," the fes- tive "Good Hearted Woman," and hits the halfway mark with the haunting "Lonely, Broke and Wasted." Bice bringing on more good stuff via, "Who Knows What," the southern rock sound of "Long Road Back," stopping to smell the "Wild Roses," the inviting "Get On and Ride," putting the final touches on his well- done album with "You Take Yourself With You." A sure "winner"! ALTAN: 25 T" ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Compass Altan is a sextet from Ireland, named for a deep lake in Donegal, they are con- sidered a "gift to the World." Altan gathers moments and milestones to capture their quarter century-long jour- ney. Singer and fiddler Ni Mhaonaigh and her late hus- band and longtime musical partner Frankie Kennedy be- gan Altan for the sheer love of the music. A potpourri of songs, jigs, and reels cover the fifteen-track collection. The slip jig "Is the Big Man Within/Tilly Finn's Reel" sets the pace, the unrequited love "Citi na gCumann," a band original "The Roseville," the tender "I Wish My Love Was a Red Red Rose," and Ni's tender instrumental tribute to her late husband "A Tune for Frankie." Altan continues to produce traditional music that is the culture of Ireland. Additional tracks include, "As I Roved Out," the tin whistle beauty of "The Sunset," and the pleasure of "Comb Your Hair and Curl It/Gweebara Bridge." If you missed Altan on their 2010 Spring Tour stop at Somerville Theater, watch for them next time around. The RTE Concert Or- chestra added lush colors and harmonies! ELLEN ROWE QUARTET WISHING WELL PKO Records Pianist Ellen Rowe's quar- tet features saxophonist Andrew Bishop, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Pete Siers -- along with special guests Ingrid Jensen on flugelhorn, and Andy Haefner on tenor saxophone. The initial slice "For That Which Was Living, Lost" featuring Jensen on flugelhorn, fol- lowed by the upbeat "Lewis- burg Bluesy-oo," the beauti- ful "Night Sounds" is a trib- ute to Rowe's late brother, plus the timely "Tick Tock," and a second Jensen flugel- horn gem is the emptiness of "Longing." The satisfying sounds continue with the airy "Sanity Clause," the title cut shines with a pretty melody, the spirited "Seven Steps To My Yard," plus the sensu- ous "For Donald" showcasing Haefner on sax, and coming to an end with Rowe's ar- rangement of the Dietz and Schwartz standard "Alone Together." Rowe is a polished pianist, and an outstanding composeH DAYS OF OUR LIVES ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK La-La Land Like sands through the hourglass filter through, this 2-CO set features the world premiere of the original music score composed by Ken Corday and D. Brent Nelson. The duo's daunting task included combing through 3,500 pieces of music to choose from, to create this soundtrack of 61 tracks. The reason for the major task being, for 44 years, Days of our Lives has visited viewers' homes as a TV favorite. The double-disc set is split, the first contains the prettier, more melodic and romantic cues and the second disc, the more action-oriented, pulse- pounding themes. Some of the story lines with music that are featured in this package include, "The Salem Stalker," "Princess Gina," "Patch's Theme," various themes from the romance of "John & Marlena," the recent "Colleen & Santo" story line, "Sami's Revenge/Stan," and the Lethal Injection of Stefano DiMera. "Rest In Peace, my colleague -- Bob DeCristoforo"