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"A Musical Encounter with Marco Frisina"
The National Opera Center of America, NYC
December 4, 2016

Held at the prestigious National Opera Center of America, this event introduced Marco Frisina and his music to conservatories and operatic and choral organizations in the New York metropolitan area. The program, under the musical direction of Maestro Robert W. Butts, included selections from Frisina's opera La Divina Commedia, a preview of several arias from his new oratorio La Passione di Cristo and other vocal works. 

Featured soloists included Metropolitan Opera tenor Gary Pate, sopranos Sara McCabe and Timothy Maureen Cole, and tenor Kevin Peters, accompanied by pianist Rob Keiser with the debut of the USA Frisina Chamber Ensemble.

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"Piccolo Concerto Notturno" by Marco Frisina
Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey
Dolan Hall, College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ

August 2, 2015

On the "Fresh Breezes" Concert from the BONJ Summer Music Festival, Piccolo Concerto Notturno, an instrumental work for solo bassoon and strings, was premiered under the baton of Maestro Robert W. Butts with soloist Lee Doswell, for whom the piece was composed.

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"Musical Treasures from Rome:
                      The Music of Marco Frisina"

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra
Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, NJ

October 11 & 12, 2014

In October, Marco Frisina returned to New Jersey to conduct a selection of his works from opera to film to the sacred in two performances with the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra . The program featured the world premiere of his work  Sinfonia Mysterium Paschale that was commissioned for the orchestra.

The Crescent Choral Society, the Continuo Arts Symphonic Choir and dramatic soprano, Elizabeth Perryman were featured.

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"Puccini Suite" by Marco Frisina
Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey
Dolan Hall, College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ

August 3, 2014

During the 2014 BONJ Summer Music Festival, Maestro Robert W. Butts and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey gave the world premiere of Frisina’s Puccini Suite, a work derived from his film score for the movie.

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Choral Workshop and Concert
St. Magdalen de Pazzi, Flemington, NJ
August 2, 2014

Marco Frisina was invited to present in the USA the first-ever one-day workshop for church music directors, cantors, choristers, and organists from the local parishes of the Dioceses of Metuchen, Paterson and Trenton in New Jersey and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

The keynote address given by Monsignor was "To Sing the Faith: Music in the Service of the Liturgy and in Evangelization." Rehearsals of a number of his liturgical pieces were followed by mass and concluded with a concert of these works under his direction. 

This was a marvelous opportunity to meet, work with and worship in fellowship with one of the world's leading composer's of liturgical and sacred music.

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Marco Frisina and his Choir of the Diocese of Rome 1st USA Concert Tour
June 2-11, 2011

Sponsored by the late Cav. Nunzio "Larry" Paragano, Monsignor and the choir came to the New York area for a six concert tour: three sacred ("Open the doors for Christ" with songs written by Marco Frisina) and three secular ("Journey to Italy," with music in honor of the 150th anniversary of the reunification of Italy and in honor of the many Italian immigrants residing in the United States). The Livingston Symphony Orchestra accompanied the group for this tour.

The sacred concerts were held in St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ, and the Cathedral Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn, NY. The secular concerts took place in several theaters in the area: the Patriots Theatre in Trenton, NJ, the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ, and the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT.

On June 9, the choir appeared on the NBC Today show where they sang Marco Frisina's  anthem for the beatification of John Paul II, Open the Doors to Christ.

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Concert
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
June 4, 2011

 

 

For the closing concert of its 50th anniversary celebratory season, the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) created an all-Italian program conducted by its Music Director Fernando Raucci. Marco Frisina was commissioned by the GPYO to create a piece that showed the continuity and strength of Italian unification today. The suite, Italy in One's Heart, paid homage to Italian immigrants to the United States and to "all those Italians who brought a taste of Italy in their hearts."

Frisina’s background as a film score composer was evident as this seven-movement suite showed varied moods and historical drama for each. In three of the movements, soprano Samantha Pruyn Guevrekian sang texts drawn from Leonardo da Vinci’s Codice Trivulziano, a collection of drawings and writings by the artist dating from the late 15th century.

Sacred Cantata Passio Caeciliae
St. Cecilia Church, East Harlem, NYC
May 20, 2011

As part of the Divinamente New York 2011 Festival (celebrating 150 years of Italian Unity with this Festival of Spirituality), the first performance in the USA of the Marco Frisina’s sacred cantata, Passio Caeciliae (9 movements for soprano, narrator, choir and orchestra) was performed by the Divinamente Festival Orchestra of New York and the choir Schola Cantorum.

The ancient text for the work was the 5th century "Passio Caeciliae" which contains a legendary account of the martyrdom of Cecilia, the daughter of a noble Roman family who was martyred, according to tradition, at the end of the second century, right in her home. The work was conducted by Flavio Emilio Scogna with soprano Marta Vulpi and narrator David Sebastian.

Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians.

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