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Christmas, 1999

Barritone Gaetano Maschio sings “Ave o Grotta,” lyrics by Mons. Mazzella (1890 – 1942), a priest of the parish of Sant Vito. The music is a Christmas motive of the 1700s, originating in Forio. Maschio, Ischia's most famous singer, is the artistic director of Fantasynapoli, a touring theatrical company. Maestro Iacono is its musical director.

Listen to it here. (Please be patient, it takes a while to download! It’s worth the wait.)

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Some information about this concert.
As you see the first photo represents me conducting the orchestra while my wife and my son, dressed like the shepherds in Bethlehem, were meditating, listening to the "Ave o Grotta".
The orchestra consisted of 15 players, strings, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, horns, tubas. The choir consisted of 15 singers and 3 soloists. Some Christmas songs were played by me and some by the orchestra.
The recital was a representation of the Naples' crib, the most ancient and traditional world's crib.
In the Naples' crib there isn't time-line. You can find ancient and modern characters like a lot of old and modern Naples' trades and in the meantime you note the Jewish police of Herod and the three Magi. We created a divertissement that induced the people to reflect upon the Christmas' event.

Had to wait maybe 30 seconds for it, but was well worth it. :)

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