Guest Artist Massimo La Rosa.

Guest Artist Massimo La Rosa.

On Tuesday, April 3, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit and CCM are pleased to present a benefit concert for the Associazione Nazionale Famiglie Emigrati’s (National Association of Immigrant Families or ANFE) Light of Life Fund featuring Massimo La Rosa, principal trombone for the Cleveland Orchestra, accompanied by Elizabeth DeMio, pianist.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Tickets to the concert are $15 general admission and $10 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door. For additional information, please contact the ANFE at anfe.benefitconcert.cincinnati@gmail.com or 216-501-3063.

The ANFE is a non-profit organization founded in 1947 to assist and support the Italian community through the world. Proceeds from the concert and sales of La Rosa’s CD Cantando will benefit the ANFE’s Light of Life Fund, which helps families with children afflicted by retinal disorders and in need of urgent corrective eye surgery and treatment performed in the United States by Italian doctors.

About Massimo La Rosa
Massimo La Rosa joined the Cleveland Orchestra as principal trombone in September 2007. He previously served as principal trombone of La Fenice Opera House in Venice from 1996 to 2007. He has performed as guest principal trombone with La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Santa Cecilia Symphonic Orchestra in Rome and the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in Florence.

Recently named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America, La Rosa has released a solo album titled Cantando. American Record Guide wrote that his performances on the album of several pieces of the standard trombone repertoire, including Hindemith, Grondahl and Šulek, “may be the best available.”

La Rosa has appeared as a soloist with La Fenice Orchestra and with the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo. He was a guest artist at the 2009 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C., where he performed as a soloist with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1974, La Rosa grew up in Belmonte, Mezzagno, a small town outside of Palermo. He began playing the trombone in the community band when he was nine years old. Later, he studied trombone in Palermo with Filippo Bonanno, principal trombone of the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra. He had additional lessons and master classes with Charles Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Rex Martin and Jacques Mauger.

La Rosa is on the trombone faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has also presented master classes and recitals at several American universities and conservatories including CCM, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, De Paul University and the Juilliard School.

This event is made possible with a most generous donation by Mike V. Pacciano.

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