Holiday Spirits Lifted with Italian Cultural Center Concert
Amid snowy skies, the Italian Cultural Center (ICC) of St. John's University brought some holiday cheer to the Queens campus as it hosted its annual holiday gathering on Thursday, December 12.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Amid snowy skies, the Italian Cultural Center ( ICC ) of St. John's University brought some holiday cheer to the Queens campus as it hosted its annual holiday gathering on Thursday, December 12.
The event took place in the D'Angelo Center and was attended by members of the community including Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., S.T.D., president of St. John’s University; Joseph Mattone Sr. ’86L, a University trustee; and MaryAnn Mattone, a member of the ICC..
The highlight of the evening was a performance by singers Christopher Macchio and Simona Rodano. The pair performed traditional Italian songs as well as a selection of Christmas favorites. Macchio, a Long Island native, is the official National Tenor of UNICO, a nationwide organization dedicated to the furtherance of Italian-American interests throughout the world. Rodano, who hails from Torino, Italy, is the past winner of the Italian American Association of Educators Award. During his closing comments, Joseph Sciame, vice president for community relations and president/chair of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, announced that the University has approved an Italian American Studies minor beginning with the 2013–2014 academic year.
"We have been honored and delighted that the University president is with us this evening to witness the talents of two very upbeat and talented performers,” said Sciame. “It is a welcome treat.”
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