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© 2019 by Festa Italiana Raleigh


2020 entertainment will be expanded to two mainstages.  We are currently booking musicians to provide outstanding Italian music and dancing all day at the event.  Stay tuned!

About our Entertainers

Ariel Reed & Mitchener Howell - Classical Opera, Raleigh, NC

Ariel Reed, a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts (high school), Peabody Conservatory of Music
(undergraduate), and Florida State University (graduate), has developed her opera credits through the
roles of Nedda in I Pagliacci, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Suzel in L’amico Fritz, and Laetitia in The Old
Maid and the Thief with the Triangle Opera Studio; Gianetta in L’eslisir d’amore with Capital Opera; title
roles Little Red Riding Hood with Triangle Opera; and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel with Peabody
Opera, the Florida State Opera, and Capital Opera’s Outreach program, as well as Mrs. Gobineau in Long
Leaf Opera’s 2002 and 2008 productions of The Medium. Ms. Reed has recorded a CD, “Tangos y
Canciones,” and performs frequently in the area with her father, classical guitarist, Randy Reed. Her
oratorio credits range from Baroque to contemporary and include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem,
Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe, and Bach’s Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (BWV211). Ms. Reed has
performed nationally and internationally as soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, the Franz Schubert
Institut, the Lake Placid Institute, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and with ensembles such as
the Cantores Musicae Antiquae of Florida State University, Duke University Collegium, and Peabody
Renaissance Ensemble. From 2004 - 2010, Ms. Reed performed as part of North Carolina Opera’s
outreach program in the schools and other community venues.


Mitchener Howell, a graduate of Yale University and The Lamont School of Music at the University of
Denver, is a singer based in the Triangle area. Born in Durham, NC, Mitchener has performed as a
recitalist and operatic tenor throughout the US and Europe. He has performed roles such as Don Ottavio,
Fenton, and Faust. Mitchener has championed the works of African-American composers, and shown a
dedication and deep love of the bel canto vocal tradition.


Bill Stonehouse - Midcentury Italian-Americana & Popular Show Tunes

Bill Stonehouse studied opera under Senois Primo Puccinelli and Francesco Sorignello. As a high C
baritone, Bill's voice can span four octaves, though he leans toward tenor roles. While the Baron von
Trapp role in Sound of Music is his personal favorite, you can hear Bill performing songs from Phantom
of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Fiddler on the Roof. His forte is as a Big Band crooner was
definitely influenced by the Vegas scene. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, that whole Big Band sound.& a
complete musician, Bill has played several instruments including the piano and the guitar, which he
learned by ear, as well as the drums and the harmonica. His best instrument, however, has proven to be
his voice. For further information or sampling, visit BillStonehouse.com


Carlo Barba & Charles Hogan - Neapolitan song & Bel Canto, Burlington, NC

Carlo Barba (Chuck Beard) is a veteran of Musical Theatre, Opera, Neapolitan Song, Vocal Ensembles,
and Band Music. He is a soloist in Oratorios, Masses, and other Sacred Music. He sings as soloist in
various churches and is a regular chorister at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, NC. He
studied voice at UNC-G as well as with coaches in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York City. He
currently teaches Voice and Piano.

Charles Hogan, pianist, conductor, lover of Tuscan culture e un novizio della lingua italiana, hails from
West Virginia by way of the University of Kentucky and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.  He
conducted the Cincinnati Cathedral choir’s recording O Still, Small Voice of Calm (Pro Organo Records, 2010)
and wrote a book on the development of Anglican evensong and modern interpretations of it (MorningStar
Publishers, 2015).  He is currently working on transcriptions and modern translations of late-medieval Sarum
chant to be published in 2019 as an appendix to that.  Currently Director of Music Church of the Holy
Comforter in Burlington, N.C., he has taught at such institutions as Elon University, the University of Dayton
(Ohio), and Earlham College (Indiana).


The DanceCure - Traditional Dance Demonstrations & Tarantella Lessons, Chapel Hill, NC


The Dance Cure is a contemporary, all female performance company dedicated to the creation of
culturally driven dances that bring to life the broader scope of human experience, and has developed a
unique, artistic voice in the Triangle area. The company thrives on performing and teaching an accessible
yet diverse body of dances that explore the many rites of passage woven through the fabric of human
experience. Founder & choreographer, Natalie Marrone& Italian ethnicity serves as the point of the
departure for most of the company& choreographic creations which fuse the athleticism of contemporary
dance with folk dances, myths and rituals of her southern Italian background. The all-female company
can be seen throughout the state of North Carolina inspiring a broad participation in dance which nurtures
individual expression, celebrates diversity, and passionately pursues community unity. Visit The
DanceCure on the web at TheDanceCure.com.



DJ Cody Ross – Italian & American-Italian Hits From Across the Generations

DJ Cody Ross (Cody Ross Massengill), specializing in weddings and karaoke, has been DJ-ing for 16
years, and, as the DJ says, “There is nothing better than doing what you love. I let the music tell your
story. Whether that story is ‘I do,’ ‘I feel like singing all night,’ or ‘I want to dance till my feet won't
allow me to walk,’ I am here for all your music needs!” For more information, write
CodyRoss2272@yahoo.com, or call 919-604-7181.


JiJi Maribi – Mediterranean Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Baladi - Folk Dancing of North Africa, Magna Graecia, and the Levant, Raleigh, NC


JiJi Maribi has spent her entire life on stages, beginning at the age of four. With the encouragement and
support of her parents, dance always has been and remains her passion. JiJi has explored many styles of
solo, group, and partner dancing over the years. In 2008, in a neighbor’s living room, JiJi first fell in love
with raqs baladi (classical Egyptian dancing, also known as belly dancing) as an art. JiJi began learning
technique and choreography in 2009, began performing in 2011, and teaching in 2012.

JiJi loves the elegance, sensuality, and true art of raqs sharqi (a more modern version of bellydance), and
over the years, has developed her own unique style of the dance. JiJi focuses on movements that are
traditional, while fusing modern pop and electronic fun into her many original dance compositions!
In addition to performing, JiJi teaches weekly belly dance classes, as well as private lessons. She is also a
Reiki Master, and has developed specific energy techniques that she brings to the classroom, to help
improve body image of her students. www.JiJiMaribiDancer.com


The Jukebox - 70’s & 80’s Covers & Originals, Raleigh, NC

The Jukebox is a six-piece, pop-rock band dedicated to getting audiences on their feet! After a series of
informal coffee-house nights on their high school campus, the players got serious enough to headline the
Cardinal Gibbons High School 2018 prom. Since then, under the leadership of guitarist and singer-
songwriter Daniel Mazzerina, The Jukebox has continued to perform at house parties, neighborhood
events, football tailgates, and prom 2019. The band specializes in pop music from the ‘50s through today,
with a focus on the sweet spot of classic rock, and 70s and 80s radio. They have posted some of their
original (non-cover) material on the Youtube “The Jukebox – NC” channel
https://www.Youtube.com/channel/UCzGxZ-1SFAhXm3AVBRVLfWg , and post music links on their
Twitter page “@thejukeboxes” and Instagram “@jukebox_2019.”



Michela Musolino & Fabio Turchetti - Traditional Mezzogiorno Singing & Drumming, Clifton, NJ & Cremona, LO


Michela Musolino & Fabio Turchetti have performed together on both coasts of the USA , in Eastern
Europe and throughout Italy. The duo -- Musolino, voice and Sicilian frame drums, and Turchetti, on
guitar and accordion, guitar, and organetto -- perform world music tethered to Sicilian traditions, but open
to the contemporary, with a texture drawn from jazz and the experimental. Their repertoire spans from
songs of Sicilian mariners to original compositions inspired by the folk lore and mythology of Sicily.


Michela Musolino, an internationally recognized Sicilian-American singer and percussionist, Michela is
the grand-daughter of Sicilian immigrants to North America. She has re-discovered her own cultural roots
through the study and reinterpretation of the folk songs of Sicily and Southern Italy. Along with her
creative partner, Fabio Turchetti, Michela has created Project Metalli Sonanti (Metalic Soundings), a
multi-media performance inspired by the ancestral sounds of Grecian, Roman, Arabian, Byzantine,
Norman, Bourbon, and Italian Sicily. Michela’s voice weaves both ancient and modern melodies
together with Turchetti’s organetto and guitar work, create a beautiful, unique alchemy of sound, story,
melody, and memory—both ancient and modern, Italian and pan-Mediterranean.

Fabio Turchetti, a musician and composer from Cremona, Lombardia, Italy, travels the world with his
music, dividing his time between a repertoire of Italian folk revival and his own compositions. In addition
to performing, Turchetti has authored books on music. www.FabioTurchetti.com/



Mebanesville – Acoustic-Electric, Traditional & Contemporary Italian Song, Mebane, NC

Mebanesville introduces and delights live audiences with the best in roots, rhythm, and world music from
the Mediterranean Basin to the British and Irish Isles, while heading down the Mississippi to the Gulf of
Mexico. Mebanesville co-founder, Loreins “Larry” Vellani, is the immediate descendant of Reggio
Emilian (Arşân ed Rèz) emigrants. Larry has performed with some of the most respected interpreters of
social and narrative song and dance—in English, Italian, and Spanish--including Guy and Candy
Carawan, Barbara Dane, Mimi Fariña, Ronnie Gilbert, Rhiannon Giddens, Beverly Grant, Si Kahn, Fran
McKendree, Natalie Marrone, Michela Musolino, Holly Near, Bruce Phillips, Baldemar Velasquez, and
Salvatore Villani. He also has performed with some of the Southeast most renowned traditional Anglo
and Afro-American musicians, including Lonny Austin, Marvin Gaster, Tommy Jarrell, Lauchlin Shaw,
Paul Taylor, and Joe Thompson.


Mebanesville’s latest album, Mebanesville, Town & Country, will be available for purchase at
the Festa. Whether on stage or tableside—and now on disc--the members of Mebanesville
specialize in vocal and instrumental harmonies that creatively embrace songs of love, life, and

the human condition. For further information or sampling, visit Mebanesville.com or on
FaceBook at http://www.Facebook.com/pages/Mebanesville/64872513534?ref=ts.