Join the History Center’s Italian American Program as we celebrate the holidays in style with a concert featuring Italian standards in the true (Italian) holiday tradition performed by Vito DiSalvo, Marco Fiorante, Daniela Pasquini, along with accompanying musicians.
Museum exhibitions will remain open until 7:30 pm.
Tickets will be available soon!
Vito DiSalvo was born in Pittsburgh and studied music at Duquesne University. He earned his Masters of Music degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in Music Theory and Composition. He has divided his career as a music educator, professional musician, arranger, composer, conductor, and producer. As an accordionist and pianist, he has performed professionally for over 50 years. DiSalvo has produced over 20 albums for his record label, MHM Productions LLC, and also owned and operated Mifflin Hills Music Publishing LLC since 1977.
Vito DiSalvo has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and with such international artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Natasha Marsh, Ferhat Göçer, and Giada Valenti. DiSalvo was music director for Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne from 2007 through 2013 and was music director/producer/manager for American tenor, Matt Morgan from 2001 through 2010. He is currently music director for Giorgia Fumanti of Tuscany, Marco Fiorante of Puglia, and has recently signed on as music director for The Sicilian Tenors.
DiSalvo’s original music has been performed on the HBO American television series “The Sopranos,” Sony pictures film Eat Pray Love featuring Julia Roberts, national commercials such as Pirollo Tours, as well as promotional videos and documentary films. His accordion is featured on films such as The Bread My Sweet and on jazz singer Nancy Wilson’s Grammy winning album Turned to Blue. He also tours occasionally as pianist with American vocal group, The Lettermen.
When he is not touring, DiSalvo plays solo piano throughout the winter months at his son Vito’s restaurant Vivace in Planation, Fl. and at Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club and Quail West Country Club in Naples and Bonita Springs, Fl. respectively.
For more about Vito DiSalvo, please visit his website.
Born in Cellino San Marco, Italy, Marco Fiorante is a lyric tenor whose range and versatility allow him to perform repertoire that expands over various genres, styles, and time periods. His voice is described to have a striking “richness and musicality” that is rare for someone his age, and his vocal technique has been described as “remarkable.”
Fiorante studied Canto Lirico at the Conservatorio “Tito Schipa” in Lecce, Italy. While still a student, he was asked to perform at several Italian national events, including the 50th Anniversary of the Domenico Modugno’s “Nel Blu dipinto di Blu” event, organized by Albano Carrisi. He performed as a soloist in the “New Sound Band Orchestra” under the direction of Maestro Carlo Pezzolla. He sang in choruses for Nino Rota’s Il Principe Porcaro at the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre in Brindisi, Italy and participated in the men’s chorus in a concert honoring Franco Battiato in the Politeama Greco Theatre in Lecce Italy.
In 2011, Fiorante released his CD, titled Semplicemente Io, which includes Italian popular music, as well as two self-composed tracks. Shortly after, he made his television debut, performing on RAI International’s program, Cristianità. In 2012, he was invited to sing the Italian National Anthem at a U.S. Department of Justice ceremony honoring Charles Joseph Bonaparte, the 46th U.S. Attorney General and founder of the F.B.I.
Fiorante has performed for the Italian Cultural Society in Naples, Fl. for the past two years with rave reviews and has made appearances at the Italian American Program’s Bocce Tournament and Festival and Italian Heritage Day. Presently, Marco continues to study with former professional opera singer Rosendo “Ross” Dacal.
For more about Marco Fiorante, please visit his website.
Whether she is singing Italian folk music, like the classic Napolitano song, Dicitencello Vuie, or a slow American ballad, like Etta James’ “At Last,” Daniela Pasquini’s angelic sound will leave you mesmerized. Coming from Italian roots, she has a strong sense of the Italian culture, which is evident through her passion, expression, and pureness in both her music and performance.
Inspired by her father, who was born and raised in Abruzzo, Italy, Pasquini’s passion for singing started at a very young age, although she did not begin to sing professionally until she became a student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. This is where she cultivated her silky-smooth, yet powerful voice. During her tenure at Duquesne, Pasquini was taken under the wing of family friend and internationally renowned musician and composer, Vito DiSalvo. In 2009, she joined DiSalvo’s band, We Three, as the lead vocalist. This gave her the opportunity to sing at many different venues with talented musicians, and to be featured on the band’s CD, We Three, The Next Generation.
For more about Daniela Pasquini, please visit her website.