Outside of Italy, America is the country that is most influenced by Italian culture. From food to fashion to music, Italian-American flavor is an integral part of everyday American life.
Coming this December, PBS introduces American audiences to BELL'ARIA, a musical group that pays tribute to the Italian-American musical legacy. BELL'ARIA performs traditional Italian songs as well as known classical crossover pieces and pop hits made popular by some of the most revered Italian-American voices such as Dean Martin, Rose Mary Clooney, Al Martino, and many others.
Combining the vocal prowess of five talented Italian-American singers, BELL'ARIA is Angelica DiCastro, Chris Macchio, Jessica Carvo, Gabriel Burrafato and Miriam Pultro. They are accompanied by an eight member band and a string orchestra conducted by music director, arranger and Grammy Award-winner Craig Leon.
Shot live in high definition at the famed Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, BELL'ARIA entertains and delights viewers with a variety of musical riches, including:
Mambo Italiano / Non Domenticare / Bacciame / Oh Marie / Volare / You Don't Have to Say You Love Me / That's Amore / Santa Lucia / Back to Sorrento / Oh Sole Mio / Mamma / Funiculi Funicula / Mio Babbino Caro / Bridisi / Al Di La / Be My Love / Arrivederci Roma
The special was directed by Pierre Lamoreaux, produced by Fogo Labs and International Media, and executive-produced by Gustavo Sagastume and Terrell Cass. A national tour following the PBS premiere will be produced by CAMI (Columbia Artists Management International).