Fall Letter 2014

Cultivating, ethnic, social, professional and cultural relations in the world through the arts

Dear Friends,

Numerous faithful followers were deeply saddened by the idea of closing the Altamura Arts Center. Through the years many have enjoyed the high level of our performances. Closing was a painful decision for us, compelled only by the high operational costs. After careful thought, we have decided to remain open on a trial basis as a dinner/theater. The plan is to raise additional funds by presenting the best of many arts disciplines: Broadway, opera, jazz, pop, dance, comedy, instrumental and vocal programs, in addition to home cooking and dancing (see enclosed flier with dates of events). Before closing for winter, we can produce two events: A welcome for the coming two seasons — colorful fall and dazzling winter. These can be memorable, enriching and fun events. If you like the idea, please say so by returning the tear portion at the bottom of this notice indicating which event(s) you would attend and on which committee you would like to serve. You may also make reservations. Your response will help us to adequately prepare for both events.
We need your help in making this turn of events successful. Some have already offered their assistance as volunteers. We plan to provide for you the best entertainment and cuisine at affordable prices.

Thank you! ARRIVEDERCI!
Carmela Altamura

 

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Current Events:

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Dinner Theater – Sunday November 30 2014

coming soon!

DINNER THEATER

@THE ALTAMURA CENTER

404 Winter Clove Rd, Round Top, NY  12473

BROADWAY, OPERA, COMEDY, JAZZ

Celebrate change of foliage: Sun, 10/5             chase away winter blues: Sun, 11/30

Happy Hour at 4 pm     Dinner and Performance at 5 pm

FINE CUISINE    LOVELY AMBIENCE    WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS

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MEMORABLE FUN EVENINGS    RAFFLE    DOOR PRIZES

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$35 per person    Cash Bar

The best!  Abundant! Affordable!

518-622-0070 or 201-863-8724 Limited Reservations

icpainc@optonline.net   www.altocanto.org

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THE HARRIS FAMILY TO PERFORM AT ALTAMURA CENTER DINNER THEATER

[box] Audiences know Lawrence Harris as an operatic baritone whose performances have won accolades worldwide. What many might not know is that Harris was a former NFL linebacker for the Houston Oilers. Stranger things have happened, but one has to admit his is a career path more unusual than most. On Sunday, Harris will tap in to his extensive repertoire to sing solo, duo, and in various other combinations with his talented family. On the program will be songs by the Italian composer, Paolo Tosti, which Harris and his wife, the pianist Renee Guerrero, recorded for their recently released CD, Romanze Joining the couple will be their children, 17-year-old Sydney and 14-year-old Quintin, in selections from “The Sound of Music,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and a Neapolitan art song by beloved opera composer, Gaetano Donizetti.[/box]

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Cultivating, ethnic, social, professional and cultural relations in the world through the arts

Dear Friends,

Numerous faithful followers were deeply saddened by the idea of closing the Altamura Arts Center. Through the years many have enjoyed the high level of our performances. Closing was a painful decision for us, compelled only by the high operational costs. After careful thought, we have decided to remain open on a trial basis as a dinner/theater. The plan is to raise additional funds by presenting the best of many arts disciplines: Broadway, opera, jazz, pop, dance, comedy, instrumental and vocal programs, in addition to home cooking and dancing (see enclosed flier with dates of events). Before closing for winter, we can produce two events: A welcome for the coming two seasons — colorful fall and dazzling winter. These can be memorable, enriching and fun events. If you like the idea, please say so by returning the tear portion at the bottom of this notice indicating which event(s) you would attend and on which committee you would like to serve. You may also make reservations. Your response will help us to adequately prepare for both events.
We need your help in making this turn of events successful. Some have already offered their assistance as volunteers. We plan to provide for you the best entertainment and cuisine at affordable prices.

Thank you! ARRIVEDERCI!
Carmela Altamura

 

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Simonetta Tancredi – All-Peruvian Solo Program – August 22 2014

Italian Pianist Simonetta Tancredi to Perform All-Peruvian Solo Program on August 22 at the Altamura Center for the Arts

ROUND TOP, NY – Guest artist and well-known Italian pianist, Simonetta Tancredi, will present a solo piano concert on Friday evening, August 22 at 8 p.m. at the Altamura Center for the Arts in Round Top. An Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition winner, Ms. Tancredi will perform works by the Peruvian composer, Alejandro Núnez-Allauca.

Simonetta-TancrediNo stranger to international concerts halls, the young pianist has performed in New York, Miami, Lugano, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Oita (Japan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Budapest, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, and in the major cities of Italy including Rome, Naples and Milan. She has appeared with conductors Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Kazushi Ono, Vasily Petrenko, Roberto Abbado, Nello Santi, Vladimir Jurwoski and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Holding degrees in piano from the San Pietro a MaJella Conservatory at the Vincenzo Vitale School, and in harpsichord from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Ms. Tancredi also specialized in chamber music, studying at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1996, after having won a competition for a chair as “singers’ coach” at the famed La Scala in Milan, Ms. Tancredi served as a master vocal coach there until 2008.

In an unusual and varied solo piano program with works by the Peruvian composer, Alejandro Núnez-Allauca, Ms. Tancredi will interpret music that carries the influence of the early Christian church, dance and folk themes from South America, and techniques and sonorities from more contemporary times.

The pianist was recently invited by the prestigious recording label, Deutches Grammaphon, to prepare a recording with world-famous tenor, Placido Domingo.

Carmela Altamura, co-founder of the Center, said, “On this, our last summer series at the Center, we wanted to present three very special farewell concerts. Simonetta Tancredi is a beautiful pianist, and her program is an usual and very appealing one. I can promise that it will be special in every way.”

 

Summer 2014 Concerts

OUTSTANDING OPERATIC PRESENTATIONS

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
Special performance; SIMONETTA TANCREDI, pianist/conductor, La Scala, Italy
SOPRANO, MARSHA THOMPSON. COMPETITION WINNER

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 3 PM

IMMORTAL SCENES IN OPERA

MOZART TO VERDI, ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY ROGER MALOUF, METROPOLITAN OPERA
Emilia Diakopoulou; Mika Nisula; Maryla Madura; Jiulia Rolwing
ALTAMURA/CARUSO INTERNATIONAL VOICE COMPETITION WINNERS FROM
RUSSIA, ITALY, GREECE, POLAND, NETHERLANDS, CANADA, USA

Frank Fliska, Svetlana Bedrinets, Kwang Kyu, Pauline Van Der Roest, Anne Tormela
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 3 PM

CELEBRATED VIRTUOSI IN PIANO AND SONG MASTERPIECES

Critically acclaimed pianist Cristina Altamura; & Lorenzo Di Bella, first prize/gold medal winner of the Vladimir Horowitz Piano Competition, Kiev, Russia


 

Admission $35 $30 Snrs Res. only. 518-622-0070 or 201-863-8724 icpainc@optonline.net www.altocanto.org
Altamura Center for the Arts
404 Winter Clove Rd,, Round Top, New York 12473

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Summer-2014-Concerts

Grammy Award

One of our competition winners received a Grammy

Audrey Luna

Audrey Luna

Audrey Luna, the first place winner of the 2008 Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition is among the cast who won a Grammy last night.

 

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“The Tempest” Wins Grammy for Best Opera Recording

The Tempest, conducted by (its composer) Thomas Adès, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon, received a Grammy award for Best Opera Recording. BVA’s Audrey Luna sings the role of Ariel, and Kevin Burdette sings Stefano.

Grammy official web site

Christmas 2013

NEWSLETTER, CHRISTMAS, 2013

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Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.,  ICPAINC

Altamura International Voice Academy

 Union City, New Jersey

A subsidiary of the Altamura Center for the Arts, Round Top, New York 

Looking back to 2013, some of it planned and some unplanned, it can be said that we covered much territory.   Of course, the second Agnes Varis grant of $50,000 helped us immensely.  What a pleasure it is to have been able to help numerous talents, especially in this punishing economy.   We received thanks upon thanks from the artists who did not expect anything and who did not know how they were going to continue their vocal coaching.  Truly, this is faith in action, to receive something hoped for and for which there is no evidence.   This is why we tell our young artists to persevere, for we do not know what awaits us at the next turn.

This past summer, we produced Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana to a full-capacity audience.  Stage directed by Camille Coppola, it was artistically a great success.

Many friends, from Ieri  Oggi  Domani, a long-standing Italian American organization from New Jersey, came by bus, 90 in all.  We cannot thank them enough for supporting us for the second year, thanks to Giulio Picolli, President, and his administration.  And what about our Greene County friends?  By word of mouth, they too continue to grow in number.  Several of them are active as volunteers.  They are a blessing.  To these, we express deep appreciation.   Every year, we enter new and uncharted territory, but with God’s Divine Providence, we manage to complete our work.  THANK YOU!.  You will always have a place in our hearts.

In this journey of trust and faith, we concluded the year on December 8 with a soiree that featured voice students and artists from the USA, Canada, Italy and Greece.  Some came asking for a scholarship.  In order to find a solution to this request, too painful for us to refuse, we formed a voice academy with a fully developed curriculum, a requirement needed by the Fulbright Program.  In addition, after students begin to improve in development, we offer three more years of applied studies, with repertoire appropriate to each voice’s category.  Without wanting, expecting or imagining, we find ourselves now with a new program, the Altamura International Voice Academy, a subsidiary of the Altamura Center for the Arts, funded by the Agnes Varis Foundation and Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.  May that same Divine Providence provide us with the energy to keep up with so many demands.

On a personal note, my daughter Cristina is preparing to concertize in Canada.  Her husband, Dr. Adam Sliwinski, and his associates, So Percussion, continue their innovative performances to sold-out Carnegie Hall audiences.  Not bad!  Adam is on the faculties of Bard College and guest teacher at Princeton University.  For some people, success is not intoxicating – a rare occurrence.  When invited to our home, Adam still offers to wash dishes after a meal.  He even offered to group my recipes in a cook book.

Finally, after much struggle, prayers and sighing, my son Lenny, who six years ago received a new kidney donated by his wife Iris, earned national honors for his excellence in Computer Science/Information Technology and Studies in Network Security. The next step is landing a satisfying job!  Good luck Lenny!  Your parents are so proud of you!  My daughter-in-law Iris, more secure now with her English, is working at Provident Bank.  Good for you, Iris!

I nearly forgot. The Giuseppe Verdi Parade in New York City was well attended as were the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition finals that followed at the Christ and St. Stephen Church.  The level of excellence was so exceptionally high, that our request to the Agnes Varis Foundation for additional funding was quickly and favorably received.  Within one week, the trustees sent an additional $10,000 to distribute, $1,000 each among the ten finalists.  PRIZES: 1ST. $12,500 – 2ND. $7,500 3RD.  $5,000.  It must be noted that this year, our eminent jury, Maestro Anton Coppola, Krzysztof Biernacki, Maria Knapik, Roger Malouf, Lewis Ehlers, Francisco Casanova, Camille Coppola, myself and my husband Leonard,  spent three hours making final decisions.  What a dedicated and most professional team!

A special word of appreciation to, Altamura and Crossin Law Offices

The Agnes Varis Foundation trustees, Sami Harawi, Paul Feuerman and George Svokos,

Robert Zaccone and the  Columbian Associations;   Dr. and Mrs. Michael Altamura;    Onofrio Petruzzella, President of Societa’ Unita;  Giulio Picolli  and administration of IERI  OGGI  DOMANI;  Dr. and Mrs. Mehdi Shaari;   Congressman Frank Guarini;  past patron, Jersey City Developer, Joseph Panepinto  America Oggi, Italian/American National Newspaper

Much appreciation to Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York and  Giorgio Lipton, Founder/President , Verdi Square Festival   of the Arts at Verdi Square,  for facilitating the  ICPAINC’s  Verdi Parade at Verdi Square on October 6, 2013,  for their caring and generosity.

We warmly thank all of our most kind supporters and staff:   Angelica Llerena, Sonia Flecha, Lenny Altamura, Jr., Dror Navarro, Cristina Altamura, Marie Trotta and Lola Migliaccio.

We are truly blessed.   Merry Christmas and peace to all men of good will.  Let us hear from you! 

Leonard Altamura and Carmela Altamura, Founders

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 Offices:  4000 Bergenline Ave, Union City, New Jersey and 404 Winter Clove Road, Round Top, New York 12473,  T. 201-863-8724

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FORTHCOMING  –  SUMMER 2014

Sunday, August 23, 2:00 PM,  Summer Institute Music Festival with celebrated works

International Piano Duo extravaganza, Lorenzo Di Bella and Cristina Altamura

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2 pm,  OPERA HITS

scenes, arias, duets, trios, quartettes from Mozart to early G. Verdi

Featuring winners of the

Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition, Verdi Edition

which took place in New York City this past October 6th, 2013

Inter-Cities Orchestra conducted by Roger Malouf, Metropolitan Opera.

 

See www.altocanto.org for updated info 

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Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy and ecology

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Competition finals

ALTAMURA/CARUSO INTERNATIONAL VOICE COMPETITION, MARKS ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY ALONG WITH FESTIVITIES OF THE GIUSEPPE VERDI BICENTENNIAL

The bi-annual Altamura / Caruso International Voice Competition sponsored by Inter-Cities Performing arts Inc., has concluded yesterday its XIII Edition which was dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi and took place at the Christ and St. Steven’s Church in Manhattan. Read more

Parade Notice for New Yorkers

GIUSEPPE VERDI BICENTENNIAL

PARADE, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013, 12:30 PM

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AT VERDI SQUARE, W. 72 STREET, BET. BROADWAY & AMSTERDAM
THE PUBLIC WILL CONVENE TO SING ‘VA PENSIERO’, FROM VERDI’S NABUCCO. (SEATING IS LIMITED). Read more

Inter-Cities Performing Arts Celebrates Verdi Bicentennial in New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carmela Altamura
201-863-8724 or 201-863-8724
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
4000 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
E: icpainc@optonline.net T: 201-863-8724

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Inter-Cities Performing Arts Celebrates Verdi Bicentennial in New York

Union City, New Jersey. September 23. On Sunday, October 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Verdi Square in Manhattan, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc. will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, the renowned Italian composer and statesman. Read more

Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition Finals to honor Verdi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carmela Altamura
201-863-8724 or 201-866-3566
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
4000 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
E: icpainc@optonline.net T: 201-863-8724

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