The Italian American Society of Marco Island is a lively group. On February 3rd the Society held, in conjuncture with their regular monthly meeting, a performance by opera singer Dino Valle and his son, guitarist Dino Valle II.
The meeting, which also doubled as an open house, started pretty much as usual. After the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a few housekeeping notes, President Ann Sepe introduced the father-son duo.
Dino Valle, Sr. is the artistic director to the Bellini Opera Theater in Naples. He and his son have been playing together for about 15 years. Together, through their lively performance, they were ableto take the Society on a historical and musical journey through Italy. Before each song, Dino Sr. would give the audience the context in which the song was written, as well as a brief translation or the intended meaning. He would let the audience know if the song was meant to invoke feelings of sorrow or happiness, and would invite members of the Society to sing along if they knew the words.
What was perhaps most impressive was Dino Sr.’s operatic voice that seemed to fill the large room effortlessly. Some songs Valle would sing with the microphone, others without. It made no difference, really. The audiencewatched mesmerized, as his natural voice carried the different Italian melodies.
“This one will hit you right through the heart,” Valle said before starting one of the more somber numbers.
The duo received a standing ovation from members and afterwards everyone was welcomed to coffee and a cannoli.
“This is a social group that has a numerous amount of events that happen throughout the year,” said President Ann Sepe. “We like to invite people to participate and become members.”
The Italian American Society of Marco Island has a little less than 200 members. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 PM. For more information contact Ann Sepe at 401-632 6099.