When you combine 16 mandolins and one operatic tenor voice, you
have a truly Italian musical evening...una sera italiana di musica! The
Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Spinella,
delighted our hearts by performing a magical program of classical, as
well as popular Italian songs. Joseph’s voice filled the room with pow-
erful vocals that brought rousing applause, bravos from the audience,
and a standing ovation at the finale. “O Sole Mio”,“Torna a Surriento”,
“Non ti Scordar di Me”, and “Santa Lucia” were among the favorites.
“That’s Amore”, “Chitarra Romana”, and “Funiculi Funicula” evoked
exuberant audience participation. “Parlami d’Amore Mariu” was sung
especially to our own Maria Tims. How flattering was that!!!!! There
were many kudos by our patrons, which again put us out there as a
viable cultural participant in our community. Everyone departed with
smiles on their faces and memories to carry them through until the
Mandolins return next year. The professional presence and dedication
of our club volunteers made the whole evening run so smoothly.
Because of their kindness, respect, warmth, and friendliness people
love walking through our portals. Mille grazie a tutti !!!
Members to thank:
Barbara & Justin Terzi, Linda & Bruce Bastian, Bob
Houston, Dick Cattelona, Joe DiMarco, Ron DeBacco, Viola Giancola,
Nancy Canto, Louise DiVecchio, Angie & Gene Orientale,
to the Bocce players who set up the concert hall: Patsy
Santaguida, Mike Alexandratos, Secondo Bortolotto, Marino Roncari,
Franco Puri, Joe Mastrorilli, Bob Pellegrini, Vinnie Valinoti, & Hugo
DeMartino & to Joe DiMarco for “double duty” on the Biscotti!
Congrats to Diane for chairing this wonderful event!