Joe Soprani with
"Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio"
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
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".
"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