Micheal Castaldo Performs “Italian Christmas Journey”
at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Bronx, 12/6
November 9, 2015 (New York, NY) — “An Italian Christmas Journey,” a traditional Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo will take place on Sunday December 6, 2015 at 5:00p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 687 East 187th Street, Bronx NY 10458. The concert celebrates the renewal of the music program at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas and Advent songs, most of which are from his chart-topping best-selling album, “Extravergine: Christmas in the Mediterranean.” He will be accompanied by the Scarsdale Strings Quartet. Tickets are available for $25 at 1-800-838-3006 (mention event #2149141) or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2149141.
This Christmas/Advent concert will capture your heart and imagination with the spirit of the holidays in the beautiful century-old, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx. Even those who don’t speak Italian will be moved by the setting, the songs, and Micheal’s powerful and melodic voice. Over the past ten years Michéal Castaldo has entertained more than 500,000 people across the USA, Canada, and Europe with creative and rousing renditions of classic Italian songs.
Castaldo’s performances are enchanting, heartfelt, and authentic. He treats the audience to stories, spoken in English, in between songs that share moments from his Italian upbringing, tidbits about his musical journey, and insight that went into his song choices. All songs are sung in Italian with a few sung in English as well.
Live performance of songs from Castaldo’s Extravergine CD will include “Oh Santa Notte” (Oh Holy Night), “E Nato Il Bambino Gesu” (What Child Is This?), “Batte Nel Cuore, Suona Natale” (Little Drummer Boy), “Gioia Nel Mondo” (Joy To The World), “Puoi Sentire Quel’ Che Sent Io?” (Do You Hear What I Hear?), and “Astro Del Ciel” (Silent Night). Castaldo translated the well-known Polish carol, “Jezus Malusuenki” now entitled, “Piccolo Jesu,” which will be featured, along with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle,” “Va Pensiero,” and “Adeste Fideles.” Also to be performed are two songs traditionally sung during Advent, “Ave Maria” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
At the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, a great number of Italian immigrants entered America through the Port of New York. Some traveled westward but most stayed in the East. Many came and settled in the Bronx, especially in the Belmont section. Along with their desire to improve their economic lot, they brought with them a strong faith and strong family values. They worked to build railroads, tunnels, subways, reservoirs and skyscrapers. Some owned or worked on farms and others established small businesses. What kept them together was their common language and faith. During the Christmas season, their faith was celebrated at OLMC–Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 687 East 187th Street. In 2016, OLMC will celebrate its 110th anniversary. The parish is now led by The Reverend Jonathan Morris. For more information visit www.ourladymtcarmelbx.org/
Cibelli Productions and Majestic Castle Music Productions are partnering to help promote the Italian culture and heritage at this Italian Christmas/Advent Concert while raising funds to help Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Bronx reach its fundraising goals in time for its 110th anniversary.
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