Sounds of Italy courtesy of the Lower Clarence
THE Lower Clarence Community Choir will be showcasing its vocal prowess at this year’s Carnevale Italiano, adding a range of famous Italian tunes, including the famous boot-shaped country’s national anthem, to its regular repertoire of music for the occasion.
Under the direction of Maclean’s Sister Anne Gallagher OAM, a choir of 45 will travel to New Italy on Sunday, April 10 to join in the Carnevale celebrations.
Choir president Connie de Dassel said the choir had been practising a range of Italian classics as part of their normal rehearsals every Monday.
“We will performing Santa Lucia, Tiratomba, Ciribiribiem and Funiculi Funiculia among others. We will also be singing the national anthem in Italian,” Mrs de Dassel said.
Carnevale Italiano is a day to celebrate all things Italian with some of the Northern Rivers’ colourful Italians. It is the New Italy Museum Complex’s major fundraiser for the year.
Originally celebrated once a year to mark Anniversary Day, when 50 families settled in New Italy in 1881, Carnevale Italiano has grown into a showcase of the best that Australian/Italians have to offer.
Performers at this annual event are as varied as the pioneers who founded the area. Alongside the choir will be soprano Simone Nicole, guitarist Art Phillips and Robert Severini, keyboard and cabaret performer from Melbourne.
Apart from the great live entertainment, there will be salami wheels, raffles, Italian wine and delicious Italian food.