- Mario Lanza Society
Of New York
- New York (May 3, 2005) -- The Mario Lanza Society of
New York has scheduled its annual dinner in tribute to the late tenor for
June 4 at 1 P.M. at Patsy's Restaurant (236 West 56th Street). Among those
saluting Lanza's career will be Lauren and Joseph Musumeci, the world's
youngest opera singers, and tenor Aaron Caruso. All three are back by
popular demand and will perform live. The musical program will also consist
of rare archival recordings of Mario Lanza.
- Soprano Lauren Musumeci and her tenor brother Joseph
Musumeci, 17 and 12 respectively, are from Philadelphia and are making
their second appearance with The Mario Lanza Society of New York. They
were inspired to sing opera after seeing a video of Mario Lanza in The
Great Caruso and have appeared on radio, TV, and around the country to
great acclaim. Most recently Lauren and Joseph sang for Donald Trump,s
birthday party in Atlantic City at the Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel. They
were the grand marshals for the Christmas in New York,s Little Italy parade
in December and also appeared in April on the Variety Children's Telethon
with Cousin Brucie, Michael Bolton, and Andrea Marcovici among others.
- Still in his twenties, tenor Aaron Caruso is originally
from Detroit, Michigan and began singing at a very early age. He, too,
is inspired by Mario Lanza and has appeared around the country to enthusiastic
audiences in concert, at music festivals, and also in benefits for Italian
American organizations. This is his third appearance with The Mario Lanza
Society of New York.
- Since its inception, The Mario Lanza Society of New York,
with a mission of promoting and preserving Lanza's memory, has grown to
over 150 members worldwide. The Society publishes a very well-received
16-page newsletter, The Legacy of Mario Lanza, which contains articles
about the late tenor's career, his recordings, and event information.
- Honorary members include Golden Age of Musicals MGM star
Kathryn Grayson, who appeared with Lanza in two films, Elaine Malbin who
sang duets with Lanza on his second album the RCA Red Seal soundtrack recording
for Toast of New Orleans, and Lanza's son Damon who promotes his father
through his newsletter Lanza Legend and on his web site of the same name.
- Membership in the society is $20 annually in the U.S.
and $25 for outside the country. Members receive a subscription to four
issues of The Legacy of Mario Lanza and an invitation to all club events.
- The June 4th annual dinner will feature a three-course
menu with a cash bar. Admission is $50 for club members and $60 for nonmembers.
Seating is limited. For information and reservations contact Bill Ronayne,
President of the Mario Lanza Society of New York at (718) 338-8662 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.