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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Italian Music, Beyond Opera


“MOST people think vocal music — opera — when they think Italian,” according to the violinist Sarah Chang.


Julien Jourdes for The New York Times
STRING MAGICIAN Sarah Chang at Carnegie Hall.


Times Topics: New Jersey Arts Listings | New Jersey ArtsThat isn’t stopping Ms. Chang, who spoke by telephone from South Korea, where she was performing, from taking a starring role in this year’s winter festival of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which will highlight the works of Italian composers. The festival will travel to seven New Jersey stages this month.

Ms. Chang, 29, who was born in Philadelphia and lives there when not on the road, will perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” Jan. 8 to 10 with the orchestra, first in Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, then at the State Theater in New Brunswick and finally in Morristown at the Community Theater at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts. The conductor will be Thomas Wilkins of the Omaha Symphony.

The orchestra is hardly neglecting the richness of Italian opera; it is presenting four nights of “Best of ... Italian Opera,” featuring works by Puccini and Verdi, Jan. 14 to 17.

But from there the program strays from opera again: A guest conductor, Xian Zhang, music director of the Milan-based Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, will lead Respighi’s tone poem “Pines of Rome” Jan. 22 to 24. And closing the festival Jan. 29 to 31 will be Verdi’s “Requiem,” conducted by Neeme Jarvi, the former music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, who now leads the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

“We were kind of intrigued by the idea that Italy is not exactly the sort of country you would think of as producing symphonic music,” said André Gremillet, 43, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s president and chief executive officer. “We started discussing it and realized how much was there.”

Mr. Gremillet said he hoped that audiences would turn out as briskly as they did for the festival the orchestra presented last January, “Paris: Fantasy and Discovery.” He added that he expected Ms. Chang’s performances to be “one of the highlights of the year.”

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 winter festival, “Italy: Land of Song and Expression,” runs from Jan. 8 to 31. Tickets and information: (800) 255-3476 or njsymphony.org.

Source:nytimes.com/

Mancini coy on Italian buys


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he faces a tough task if he is to tempt some of Italy's top players to the club.

City are expected to spend big money during the January transfer window, with the arrival of Italian Mancini fuelling speculation he will look to his homeland for reinforcements.

Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini, Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso have all been linked with moves to Eastlands, but Mancini conceded it would be difficult to bring Serie A's star names to the Premier League.

He told Italy's Sky TV: "Chiellini is the key to Juve's defence so it seems a bit difficult they would let him go. The same goes for Balotelli and Gattuso."

The 45-year-old also denied he was interested in Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano as he already has plenty of attacking options at his disposal.

SOurce:skysports.com/

Toni hails dream move


TRIGORIA, Italy — Italian World Cup wining striker Luca Toni hailed his six month loan move from German giants Bayern Munich to Serie A side AS Roma on Saturday saying that they were the only club he wanted to move to.

The 32-year-old added that it wasn't because he wanted to get enough first team action - he moved after falling out with Bayern's autocratic coach Louis van Gaal - to get into contention for the national squad for the World Cup finals.

"I am not just here so I can get into the World Cup squad," Toni said.

"My ambition is to score as many goals as possible and to play well for the red and yellow. Then we will see what happens in June, the national side is simply an afterthought."

Toni, who moved from Fiorentina to Bayern in 2007 and was the Bundesliga's top scorer in his first season, with 24 goals in 31 league games on the way to Bayern winning the German title, was not afraid to be compared to former Roma hero Gabriel Batistuta.

"They often made the comparison between the two of us when I was at Fiorentina but I went on to beat Gabriel's goalscoring record there," said Toni.

"At Roma he won the title. We will see what happens with the red and yellow."

Toni went to great lengths to insist that it had only been Roma he wanted to move to.

"In the past month there have been plenty of teams who wanted to sign me but I only wanted to move to Roma," he said.

"We worked hard to reach an agreement and I am happy to be here."

Source:AFP

Heart illness sidelines Sevilla's Sergio Sanchez


MADRID (AP) — Sergio Sanchez has been told to rest after doctors found that the Sevilla defender was suffering from a heart illness.
The 23-year-old has "a heart condition that requires him to stop all physical activity for the moment," the club said on its Web site. Sanchez had undergone a series of medical tests prior to the announcement. The Catalan player has gone to Barcelona to see his family and will undergo further tests there.

Another Sevilla player, Antonio Puerta, collapsed during a 2007 league game and died three days later following a prolonged cardiac arrest at age 22. Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque died of heart failure in 2009 in his team's hotel in Italy. He was 26.

Soutce:usatoday.com/

Totti prepared to make Italy return for World Cup


AS Roma striker Francesco Totti has said he will come out of international retirement and play for Italy at the World Cup if he is fit and called up.

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Totti won the World Cup in 2006The 33-year-old quit the Azzurri after their 2006 World Cup triumph but has finally announced he would be willing to return to the fold having only hinted at the prospect in recent months.

"I will decide in April. If Marcello Lippi calls me up, if I am fit and if the group wants me, I will go," Totti told Italian newspaper La Repubblicca on Saturday.

Coach Lippi has long hailed Totti but has never said he will be guaranteed a place back in the squad.

Constant injury problems over recent seasons could re-emerge while some players could resent his inclusion given he did not assist the Azzurri in qualification for June's tournament in South Africa.

Totti has broken a string of scoring records having spent his entire career at Roma, who are joint fourth in Serie A thanks to his nine goals this term.

Luca Toni, a new team mate of Totti having signed on loan from Bayern Munich, is also a candidate for a return to the Italy squad but first wants to concentrate on Roma.

"I haven't come to Roma solely for the World Cup. Now my aim to score lots of goals and play well. Then we'll see what happens in June," Toni, whose Italy hopes could be complicated if Totti returns, told a news conference.

Source:soccernet.espn.go.com/

Mourinho Wants to Stay At Inter Until 2012


LISBON (Reuters) - Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho wants to see out his contract with the Italian champions and will only think about returning to his beloved Premier League after 2012, the Portuguese said Thursday.

The ex-Chelsea coach, recently in England to spy on his former side ahead of Inter's meeting with them in the Champions League last 16, was quoted in the Sun earlier in the week as saying he was keen to work again in the Premier League.

"I was happy in England and when I went there I said one day I would go back. One day could mean 2012 or 2020," he told reporters at Inter's mid-season training camp in Abu Dhabi.

"The problem is they really love to change my words. The problem is I also said I'm happy at Inter and would like to respect my contract which runs until 2012."

In an interview with Portuguese weekly paper Expresso, Mourinho again hinted he was not totally happy in Italy by saying Serie A coaches were more concerned about keeping their jobs than developing new tactics.

"When after a third of the Italian championship nine coaches have lost their jobs, who is the coach that wants to innovate?," he remarked.

"The Serie A coach does not want to innovate, he wants to survive."

Mourinho, also upset by the grilling he gets by Italian media among other difficulties he has found working at in Serie A, said conditions were better in the Premier League.

He cited Manchester United's Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger of Arsenal and Liverpool's Rafa Benitez as coaches who had been given time to innovate and develop their tactics.

"(In England) coaches go way beyond their first contract, even beyond the second and the third one and continue developing their work," he said.

"Italy is much more results-oriented. Those who win, continue, while those who don't, get out."

The Portuguese coach said the same happens at the big Spanish clubs like Real Madrid, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, although Barcelona were an exception.

Inter, eight points clear at the top of Serie A, won the championship last season in Mourinho's first term in charge.

Source:nytimes.com/

Unbelievably, Silvio Berlusconi is releasing an album of love songs


What is going on in Italy? First, the Pope releases a Christmas album and now, Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister, is planning to release a CD of love songs. You’d think he had enough on his plate dodging mini cathedrals.

The Italian daily Corriere della Serra claims that Berlusconi has been collaborating with the guitarist Mariano Apicelli and has finished eight of the 12 tracks on the album. Songs written so far include “There is love”, “But if I lose you” and “Stay with me”.

Nothing Berlusconi could do would surprise me any more, but doesn’t this seem extraordinarily misjudged? His year has been defined by allegations that he paid female escorts to attend parties at his home, sex tapes, and his wife divorcing him for “consorting with minors” after he attended a girl’s 18th birthday party in Naples.

So far the album is untitled. Any thoughts on what it should be called?

Tags: album, italy, Silvio Berlusconi, the pope


Source:blogs.telegraph.co.uk/

Funeral for Nick Rizzuto Jr. today


Photograph by: Graham Hughes, THE GAZETTEMONTREAL- A light snow fell as mourners, journalists, police and curious onlookers congregated in Little Italy this morning for the funeral of Nick Rizzuto Jr., son of reputed Mafia godfather Vito Rizzuto.

Bells chimed solemnly as Nick Rizzuto Jr.'s casket was carried into Madonna della Defesa Church in Little Italy this mornign, signalling the start of his funeral ceremony.

At 11 a.m. sharp ten black limousines pulled up in front of the church on Dante St. to drop off family members.

Two of the vehicles carried flowers.

Grandfather Niccolo Rizzuto Jr., the dead man's namesake, was in attendance despite being on probation, wearing his trademark fedora.

But there was no sign of Nick Jr.'s father, Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of the Mafia, who is serving a prison sentence in the United States for a racketeering charge dating from the 1980s.

U.S. corrections officials had said Vito Rizzuto's presence would depend on the discretion of the warden at the Colorado facility where he is incarcerated.

Outside, Montreal Police in uniform were clearly visible, while a phalanx of journalists lined the sidewalk, jostling for space with neighbourhood residents.

In addition to the public, the funeral has attracted the attention of police videographers who are filming every person walking into the church.

Some of the spectators said they knew Nick Rizzuto, some said they only knew of him.

People called his violent and shocking death "unfortunate" but no one would speculate today on what precipitated his death.

Montreal Police have not offered any update on the investigation into Monday's noon-hour slaying near the offices of FTM Construction in Nôtre Dame the Gràce, where Rizzuto was involved in the real estate business.

Mourners are still anticipating Rizzuto's funeral cortège, but also waiting to see if his father, Vito Rizzuto will put in an appearance.

Serving a sentence in a Colorado prison for a racketeering charge dating from the 1980s, Rizzuto's presence is not impossible and depends on the discretion of the warden.

Rizzutos' financial dealings and allegedly acting as the point of contact between the Mafia and other criminal factions in Montreal.

His killing sparked speculation that street gangs may be trying to take control of the drug trade from the Mafia.


Source:canada.com/

Chelsea want the FA Cup as much as the Champions League

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has left no one in any doubt how Chelsea will be approaching the FA Cup this weekend.

Ancelotti went as far as to compare the FA Cup to the Champions League in terms of importance saying

‘I know very well how important this competition is because one of the first things that the club said to me is that the FA Cup is not like the Italian Cup. In Italy the Cup is not so important. The club wants to win this competition like it wants to win the Premier League and the Champions League, we want to do our best.’

Quite a bold statement but in all honesty it is not set in reality as Ancelotti full well knows.

The FA Cup is nowhere as important as the League or Champions League but it is still refreshing from a Chelsea standpoint that the manager has publicly committed himself to taking the competition seriously.

No one can say that they were not warned.

Source:justchelsea.com/

Friday, January 1, 2010

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