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Caldwell's Fran DePalma-Iozzi Invites Public to Concert Celebrating 200 Years of Giuseppe Verdia

Luigi Secchi's Statue of Giuseppe Verdi in the Piazza Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto, Italy.  Credits: Panser Born

CALDWELL, NJ - Caldwell resident Frances DePalma-Iozzi, former music teacher at James Caldwell High School and trustee of the Italian Educational & Cultural Center (IECC), has announced that the IECC will be hosting a Concert Celebrating 200 Years of Giuseppe Verdi. The program will be presented on Sunday, March 10, at 4pm at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street in Jersey City.

“We are very pleased to be hosting this wonderful evening on March 10th. The Casa Colombo Museum will be having a concert celebrating Giuseppe Verdi's 200th anniversary and several young opera singers will perform works by the master," expressed DePalma-Iozzi. “The concert will be followed by lasagna and wine. All are welcome to come and join us for this remarkable event!”

The event is co-sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Newark and will feature an ensemble presentation performed by:

  • Mithra Mastropierro, soprano
    recently dubbed an “artist to watch” by "The New York Times" after her operatic performances in New York City

    Credit: Mithra Mastropierro
  • Hyona Kim, mezzo-soprano
    whose latest performances included the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff for the Martina Arroyo Foundation in New York and who the Times referred to as “a dark-toned, agile mezzo-soprano”

    Credit: Hyona Kim
  • Adam Bonanni, tenor
    Currently a master’s student at the Mannes College The New School for Music, Bonanni recently appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of the College’s Liszt Festival and has performed Bardolfo in Falstaff.

    Credit: Adam Bonanni
  • Dongkyu Oh, baritone 
    "The New York Times" commented that “Mr. Oh sang with both power and nuance” when he performed the title role in Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff, in the Mannes Opera production

    Credit: Dongkyu Oh
  • Bretton Brown, pianist 
    “Brown brought depth and sensitivity to the piano” reported the The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Brown has studied music at Yale University and advance studies at the New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School.

    Credit: Bretton Brown

Selections will be performed from the following Verdi works:

Tickets will be available at the event. The suggested donation is $15; $10 for Italian Educational & Cultural Center members. Proceeds will be used by the IECC to provide social services to the Italian and Italian-American community.

For further information
Casa Colombo
380 Monmouth Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 963-6332

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