The Lost Chord - Remebering Romeo - September 24, 2017
Ross Amico is joined by soprano Dolores Ferraro and arts writer Tom DiNardo, as they remember Philadelphia composer Romeo Cascarino, who would have been 95 years-old on Sept. 28th, 2017.
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Recent Publication - February 2017
The score of Romeo Cascarino's three-act opera, "William Penn" has now been printed and is available for perusal and rental from The Fleisher Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Previously, the composer's manuscript scores, housed in the Fleisher Collection, were used in the world premiere in 1982 and in later performances of excerpts from the opera. The printed orchestral score, parts, piano-vocal and choral scores will allow greater ease of access and handling. The project was undertaken fifteen years ago, soon after the composer's death, by his wife Dolores Ferraro Cascarino. Sincere gratitude to Craig Devereaux, Philip Thomas, Tony Finno, Carson Rothrock and Frank Leone, who transcribed, proofed and assisted in many ways; also, Kile Smith and Gary Galvan, former and present heads of the Fleisher Collection for their help and acceptance of this work.
Upcoming Performance - April 2017
"Four Choruses to Poems of E. E. Cummings" scheduled for performance on April 21, 2017 at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Timothy McDonnell, Conductor.
Recent Performance - January 2017
"Sonata for Bassoon and Piano" performed on January 29, 2017. Peter Schoenbach, Bassoon; Leah Mellman Bowes, Piano, at Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, Pa.
Romeo's arrangement of DANNY BOY is being prepared for publication. It will be available for Voice and Piano, String Orchestra and Voice and for Bassoon, Oboe and English Horn with piano.
MEDITATION AND ELEGY has just been published by Prairie Dawg Press.
Recent Performance - March 2015
There was a performance by the Sheboygan Symphony of "Danny Boy", arranged for soprano and string orchestra on March 18th, 2015, conducted by Kevin McMahon with Erin Elizabeth Smith, soprano. The two concerts were attended by 1700 children who gave Ms. Smith a standing ovation. Special thanks to Maestro McMahon and the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra.
"Meditation and Elegy" with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, conducted by Gary White;
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., June 8, 2014.
The Life and Vocal Works of Romeo Cascarino
Cumberland University, Lebanon Tennessee, School of Humanities, Education and the Arts; Dolores Cascarino, soprano; The University Singers conducted by Brian Kilian; Carolyn Blake, accompanist. May 2, 2014
Huston-Tillotson University, Department of Humanities and Fine Arts, Dolores Ferraro, soprano; Stephen Burnaman, piano/organ; Javier Stuppard, trombone; The Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir, Gloria Quinlan, conductor; with soloists Johnny Scott and Joseph Reese, tenors; Shakara Graves and Jessica Ashlee Miller, sopranos and Mariann Bokako, piano. April 3, 2014
Immaculata University, Department of Music, Dolores Ferraro soprano, Anton Fomin, pianist. March 23, 2014.
New Music Player on the site!
We have a new music player incorporatated into the site currently featuring some exceprts from William Penn Opera. Check back frequently as we will continue to update our playlist! Click here to enjoy our player.
Listen to an interview with Dolores Cascarino and Thomas DiNardo commemorating Romeo's 90th birthday, broadcasted on The WWFM's "The Lost Chord" on September 30th, 2012. Click on the link below to listen to the interview.
Romeo Cascarino's "A Sultan to His Love," Performed by Baritone Jared Duncan
Listen to Jared Duncan's performance of A Sultan to His Love. Click on the link below and then click on the second link of the page.
Dolores Ferraro, soprano, will sing two performances of Cascarino's song cycle, Pathways of Love, Eight Songs. Friday, April 13, 2012 8 pm at Neumann University, Aston, Pa. with David Anthony Lofton accompanying. Sunday, May 20, 2012 3 pm at Villa Joseph Marie High School, Richboro, Pa. with Anton Fomin accompanying. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Painting Unveiled
Philadelphia Artist, Charles Cushing, has just completed a painting depicting the premiere of the opera "William Penn" by Romeo Cascarino. It will soon be available as a limited edition print. See his website, Charles Cushing.com, and click on "Paintings," then "News & Recent Work," at the top to view the painting and for more information.
Conference on "William Penn and the Academie of Saumur"
A conference was held on May 20-21, 2011 in Saumur, France, to examine the Academy’s influence on William Penn’s thoughts on religion and government. Hosted by the town of Saumur, it was organized by the association “Saumur et son histoire” and Jacquelline Mongellaz, the curator of the chateau, in conjunction with the Reformed Church of Saumur, the town’s residents, mayor and other dignitaries.
The events drew about 200 people locally and internationally, including many Quakers from England, France, Switzerland , the Netherlands and Pennsylvania. During the dedication of a square renamed for William Penn, music from the opera William Penn by Romeo Cascarino was played. Dolores Cascarino, wife of the composer, was invited to give a talk at the conference on May 21st on “The Genesis of the opera William Penn by Romeo Cascarino with Musical Excerpts”, which was warmly received by the attendees. Click here to read more and listen to the excerpts.
William Penn Heritage Centre project: - Click here to read more on this exciting project!