Joe Soprani with "Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio"

Joe Soprani, accordionist, who recently performed in a world premier musical at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia , will appear as special guest soloist, arranger and accompanist in a series of programs (2001-2003) with the "Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio" under the direction of Maestro Angelo Troiani.

The "Coro", made up of 25 singers and a mandolin player, along with Joe Soprani on the accordion, will perform at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia to celebrate "La Festa Della Republica".

The "Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio", named after the distinguished Abruzzo poet, dramatist and writer, was founded in 1994 when a few members of the "Associzione Regionale Abruzzese" of Delaware Valley decided to form a singing group to keep alive the folk music of the region of Abruzzo. Mr. Troiani was chosen as the musical director, conductor and vocal arranger. Soprani will write the accordion arrangements.

In the beginning, the "Coro" focused on traditional songs sung in the rich dialect of their homeland. Now, dressed in the traditional costumes of Abruzzo, the repertoire of the "coro" includes works of Verdi, Tosti, Scarlatti, Mascagni and popular Neapolitan and contemporary folk songs. Throughout the year the group performs at various functions in the Tri-State area which include many Sons of Italy Lodges, Columbus Day events, Penn's Landing and various church fiestas.

On May 31st The "Coro" made a special appearance at the Springfield CC in Springfield, PA to welcome the Honorable Giovanni Pace, the President of Abruzzo.

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