Beloved annual Holiday show. Award-winning singer and PBS/WNET and NY affiliates Host for Andrea Bocelli “Live From Central Park” and “Il Volo Takes Flight” CRISTINA FONTANELLI brings her program of Italy’s best-loved songs, arias, Neapolitan and Christmas classics during her 12th-Annual “Christmas In Italy®” show at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 19 at 3:00. This year’s show is under the auspices of Casa Italiana NYU http://www.casaitaliananyu.org/ (Stefano Albertini, director). Called a “vocal genius” by the New York Sun, Ms. Fontanelli’s show is a love letter to her Italian heritage and a tribute to her grandparents. “I began this beloved annual Holiday tradition to preserve Italy’s great classic and popular song heritage and to teach them and, more importantly, the values they represent to younger generations.” says Ms. Fontanelli. [headline] “Cristina Fontanelli, Preserving Values Through Opera” The Epoch Times, January 2014. For this special one-day event, Ms. Fontanelli will be accompanied by world-class musicans on piano, mandolins, guitar and accordion. The Little Language Studio of Brooklyn (Alberta Gulotta, teacher) will sing the traditional Italian Christmas carol “Tu scendi dalle stelle” (“You came down from the stars”); Dance Electra students of Staten Island (Kathy Gambardella, teacher) will dance to “Carol of the Bells” and choir T/B/A. PBS-TV host Denise Richardson will emcee, along with celebrity guests, and tenor soloist t/b/a.
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