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"IOST-GAzET':I'E, MARY1 '1"2012 -Page 5 East Boston Main Streets Spring Breakfast with Congressman Capuano Congressman Michael Capuano speaking to a large crowd Main Streets Spring Breakfast. (Photo by Rosario East Boston Main Streets recently hosted its Spring Breakfast sponsored by First Priority Credit Union. Con- gressman Michael Capuano spoke to residents and busi- nesses on a number of is- sues including deficits, spending, taxes and the war in Afghanistan. Congressman Capuano also spoke about the lack of will for compromise in Wash- ington and how proposed bud- at the recent East Boston Scabin, Ross Photography) get cuts will affect programs locally. The congressman then took questions from the audience. EBMS would like to thank all those who attended this semiannual event. Commemorate the B/centennial of the WAR OF 181 2 at the USS Constitution Museum Two Upcoming FREE Events May 22, 2012 6:00-8:00 pm The World at War, 1812- 1815, a lecture by Lieuten- ant-General Jonathon Riley, Director-General and Mas- ter of the Royal Armouries UK. In 1812, the United States of America declared war on Great Britain, a country already at full stretch with war against France. It was a total war, from which only one side would emerge in- tact. During the war years, 1812-1814, Great Britain's highest priority, therefore, was not the enemy across the Atlantic Ocean, but the one across the English Channel. How did the demands of other theatres of the Napo- leonic wars affect British military strategy and opera- tions in America? To what degree was the War of 1812 a sideshow? What was the context of coalition and world war in the Napoleonic age? Lieutenant-General Jona- thon Riley CB DSO PhD MA, Director-General and Mas- ter of the Royal Armouries, will discuss these and other questions by putting the War of 1812 in a global context. Lieutenant-General Riley is one of Britain's most senior generals having held mili- tary commands of British operations in the Balkans as a battalion and brigade commander, in Sierra Leone as Joint Task Force Com- mander, in Iraq as Divi- sional Commander, and in Afghanistan as Deputy Com- mander of all NATO forces. He is a military historian with an MA and a PhD in history and has published fourteen books on military history, most recently the - May biography of Sir Isaac Brock, the British Field Com- mander in Canada in 1812" A Matter of Honour. In 2009, General Riley became the Director General and Master of the Royal Armouries, the award winning home of Britain's national collections of arms and armour. June 16, 2012 All Day USS Constitution Museum Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center Exhibit Opening & Flag Day Celebration. Travel back in time and fight for free trade and sail- ors rights on the high seas! Learn what life was like as a US Navy sailor two hundred years ago at the USS Constitution Museum, where every day the stories of the War of 1812 come to life. On June 16, 2012 join the Constitution Museum and Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops conductor, for a ribbon cutting to open the NEW exhibit, Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center. The Dis- covery Center will teach the causes and conse- quences of the War of 1812 through the lens of USS Con- stitution offering hands- on interactive exhibits and programs. Also on June 16 at 12 pm witness a spectacu- lar patriotic display in the Navy Yard. Three 90 x 45 foot flags presenting the United States, Great Britain and Canada will be unfurled as a reminder of the 200 years of peace between the na- tions that fought during the War of 1812. The giant flags will stretch across the Navy Yard, from the Constitution Museum to- wards "Old Ironsides" -- 12:00 pm (Museum open from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm). 23 & June 16 Special thanks to support from: Raytheon Defense Systems, Liberty Mutual, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Tawani Foundation and Toursim Cares. Events are free and open to the public. For more details, call (617) 426-1812 or visit www.uss constitutionmuseum.org. The USS Constitution Museum is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. No RSVP re- quired. Parking available at Nautica Garage. MBTA & MBTA water shuttle encouraged. You Need Now (for Mary) by Judean Langone You need now, The soft touches of tenderness. The a/l-encompassing, Encircling lights of understanding. The spoken and silent hands of human kindnesses. The light, the flames, The heat of the heart of hope. And in the end you must know that love endures; Beyond eur words, our touches, our movements. Because love can sing its own sweet song, in spheres unknown to simple mortals. For love is the essence of our foreverness. And its mind is eternal, yes we live beyond ourselves. Dante Alighieri Society Music & Politics Soprano Lisa Correnti An evening of music and lec- ture will be presented at the The Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 o'clock. Guest Lecturer will be John Alcorn from Trinity College in Con- necticut. Musical Interlude will be performed by Pianist Bradley Pennington and So- prano Lisa Correnti. Musical Prelude will be GUISEPPE VERDI ( 1813 - 1901) - Passione Morale e Politica per l'Unita d'Italia. The aries to be performed are: Va' Pensero - Nabucco, Caro Nome - Rigoletto, Libiamo - La Traviata, Addio del Passato- La Traviata, Ah! Forse e Lui? - La Traviata and Sempre Libera - La Traviata. Mr. Alcorn, Principal Lecturer in Italian studies from Trinity College in Connecticut will present a lecture titled "Dante and Politics." Mr. Alcorn has earned four degrees from Columbia University: Bachelor's, Master's, M.Phil. and Ph.D. Professor AIcom organizes Trinity's "Inside the Music" series of workshops/concerts by contemporary artists. John Scofield, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Gov't Mule, and the Derek Trucks Band have appeared in the series. Mr. Pennington has served as vocal accompanist and coach for innumerable recitals and opera concerts through- out metropolitan Boston. A voice and piano graduate of The Boston Conservatory (1984-1986; Summa Cum Laude, Pi Kappa Lambda), Indiana University (1970-1972), and Murray State University in Kentucky, he has taught on the facul- ties of Indiana University, The Boston Conservatory, and Northeastern University. Mr. Pennington is the founder and artistic director of Boston Bel Canto Opera. Lisa Correnti is a coloratura soprano and currently per- forms with Boston Bel Canto Opera. At a recent gala con- cert in Cambridge, her rendition of "Caro home" from Verdi's Rigoletto (included in today's performance) brought cheers and a standing ovation from the standing-room only audience. Until 1998, Lisa was best known for her musical theater performances with local groups such as Quincy Community Theater, Gaslight Players, and The Company Theater. Her credits include the title role in Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, "Julie" in Some Enchanted Evening , and "Audrey" in Menken's gothic comedy, Little Shop of Horrors. Lisa made her transition into classical music in 1999 where she started her solo career in orato- rio as a member and soloist of the Braintree Choral Soci- ety. She created and directed the highly successful women's a cappella group "Purely Vocals". Lisa's first operatic performance was the role of "Pamina" in a semi-staged pro- gram of Mozart's The Magic Flute (2001) with South Shore Conservatory's Opera by the Bay. In 2002 she was intro- duced to Bradley Pennington and began her vocal study in the "bel canto" style. She is now a leading soloist with the Boston Bel Canto Opera Company and has appeared for the last six years in the annual Luigi Pirandello Lyceum Ital- ian opera concerts sponsored by BBCO. Reception following. For additional information, please visit http://www.dantemass.org/html/home.html or call (617) 876-5160.