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Joseph Spinella, international tenor sensation and magician, performs a special music and magic show in Lakewood Ranch, Florida for Festa Italia on November 16, 2013. Returning from his recording sessions in Nashville with AP Music Entertainment, Spinella sings classic Neapolitan and other songs from his latest album while performing exhilarating magic illusions on-stage. Presented by the Lakewood Ranch Community Center, Festa Italia celebrates the heritage and contributions of American Italians. It is a fun-filled day full of family activities, including a pizza-eating contest, dog costume contest, and Venetian mask contest. Other activities such as tarantella dancers, a mandolin orchestra, face painting, storytelling, pony rides and crafts round out the day. Two young singers will also perform, Liza Marie and Marcella Brown. Both singers appeared with Joseph Spinella in illusionAria, the music and magic show that premiered in March 2013. Spinella is a dramatic tenor with a love of magic. Having studied magic for many years, he is the only classically trained tenor who sings and performs magic onstage. His performances at Festa Italia are engaging and whimsical, combining everyone’s favorite Italian songs with magic illusions.
IllusionAria features the most loved Italian songs sung by master tenor, Joe Spinella, while he simultaneously astounds you with his wizardry on stage. Spinella’s voice has the power and majesty to convey the deep emotions of the cinematic original arrangements recorded by a full scale orchestra. This production, fully supported by colorful and varied costumes, set and extensive lighting and stage effects, is appropriate for all cultures and all ages.
Metamorpho - Spinella Tenor of Illusions with Opening Act by Marcella Brown Imagine the mysteries of illusion flowing through the seductive powers of great music. Immerse yourself in another world where the heart soars and the mind is boggled. Enter the realm of Metamorpho, a groundbreaking show featuring Joseph Spinella, The Tenor of Illusions. A seamless narrative of magic illusions and music, Metamorpho features the most loved Italian songs and 'pop' opera sung by master tenor, Joseph Spinella, while he simultaneously astounds you with his wizardry on stage. Appropriate for all ages, this show has colorful and varied costumes, extensive lighting and exhilarating stage effects. The mastery of magic and illusions is an equally important aspect of the show. Characters appear and vanish, a beautiful woman morphs before your eyes and handkerchiefs come to life, dance and disappear. Darker images of death boxes, a head dropping off Spinella’s shoulders, corpses rising from the stage, a mirror with images appearing and vanishing, and flying lights are among the many astounding illusions that Spinella commands. The narrative of the show flows from a point of beauty and joy through darker struggles faced by mankind – death and the fear of loss – and then emerging from the depths to a playful world full of hope and light, even a comedic mood. The journey ends with the grandest song of all – Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, a rousing Chinese drum filled aria sung with a sense of triumph and power. Spinella’s heartfelt singing and mastery of illusions make him a rare phenomenon in the world of entertainment today.
LWR Community Activities with the support and help from the Italian American Club of LWR is thrilled to host the first Festa Italia! October 6th from 11am to 5:30pm at the Central Park Community Amenities Center off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Join us for a day of traditional food, entertainment, children’s activities, and Italian vendors. We will have a full day of entertainment to include our headliner act, international opera singer Joe Spinella, Tenor of Illusions. He has just returned from his recording session in Skopje with the Macdeonia Radio Symphony Orchestra. He brings with him Marcella Brown, who is a 15 year old singing sensation. Enjoy the pleasant sound of The Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra and two performances by the Tarantella Dancers. Everyone enjoys singing Frank Sinatra so we welcome Brian Tennison who will get the crowd singing along with some of Frank’s most popular songs. Children will enjoy the splash park and activity gym, along with making noodle necklaces and tricks from the roaming Magician. Don’t miss the performances of Italian story telling by Guiseppe along with the very popular pony rides. If you're Italian then you will want to save your appetite for the feast of home cooked traditional dishes, just like Grandma’s! Shrimp Scampi, sausage and peppers, Zeppole, Italian coffee, pastries along with the finest wines and Italian beer, just to name a few. Mangiare!! What’s a festival without the contests? Dress your dog in one of three categories- 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes will be awarded for each category Mario & Luigi Renaissance Art Milan Fashion Runway Dress yourself as the Godfather or Matriarch, look alike and our final contest of the day will be the… PIZZA EATING CONTEST! Plenty of photo opportunities will be available so be sure to bring your camera. How does a Venice Gondola and Gondolier sound or perhaps a family and friend shot next to our authentic Accordian Player? So mark your calendars and plan to come out and enjoy the day. Ciao!