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September 25, 2013

A Musical Celebration At Farmingdale State For Italian Heritage Month

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi to Star at Concert on October 22

Farmingdale State College will honor Italian Heritage Month with a concert of some of the most famous music to ever take the world stage from that fabled peninsula, with selections from the compositions of Giuseppe Verdi.  The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of this musical genius, who composed more than 25 operas during his 87 years, as well as many songs, a Requiem Mass and other sacred works.  Some of Verdi's most famous works include the operas Rigoletto, Falstaff, Aida, and La Traviata.  In addition to a truly prodigious body of work, Verdi was known among his contemporaries for his loyalty to the ideal of a united Italy.

Selections of Verdi's iconic music will be performed at Farmingdale's Little Theater in Roosevelt Hall on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.  They will be sung by the coloratura soprano Kelli Butler, accompanied by Gene McCoy.  The event will be introduced by historian and Farmingdale professor Barry Capella.