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Cettina Donato was born in Messina, Sicily. She played drums at 6, and studied classical piano at the Conservatory of Messina, since 9. She graduated in Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, and in Musical Didactic. She studied Classical Composition and graduated in Psychology from the University of Messina. She received two Masters in Special Didactic. Cettina plays classical and jazz music with Giovanni Mazzarino, Salvatore Bonafede, Ray Santisi, Joanne Brackeen, Greg Hopkins, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Harper, Matthew Nicholl, Ron Savage, Dario Deidda, Roberto Gatto, Dado Moroni, Orazio Maugeri, Bob Mintzer, Ken Cervenka, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Panascia, Ron Reid, and Garrison Fewell . Cettina published her first CD Pristine on the Wide Sound Label. Cettina won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music of Boston and graduated in December 2011 in Jazz Composition. She performs as bandleader and conductor in Italy and the U.S at Berklee College of Music, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall, Kendall Square, Lilypad Jazz Club, Ryles Jazz Club, Outpost 186, Eastern Standard, Boston School of Wine, Boston Common, and Spectacle Island. She received the Carla Bley Award and is a JRR artist of Berklee College of Music. She performed with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet Company. She performed at Umbria Jazz Festival (2010-12), accompanist for Donna McElroy's voice classes; Piazza Jazz Festival, Non Solo Jazz Festival, Berklee In The City, Berklee Summer, Note D'Estate Festival, Mantova Music Festival, Vatican Radio, Women In Jazz, European Music Festival. Her album Crescendo released in 2013, on the Jazzy Record Label and her composition “Lost & Found” is on the Women in Jazz South Florida Music Collection Volume III. www.cettinadonato.com
File Under Italian Cubans: Special bilingual show In Italian & Spanish of Domenico Capolongo's Mantua In Cuba: Indigenous Place Name or Memory of Mantova from his book series Emigration & Presence of Italians In Cuba. Covering the strange history & name of the northwestern Cuban town of Mantua In Pinar Del Rio.Thought but not proven to have been founded by Italians from the same city now known as Mantova In Northern Italy. Originariamente Mantua In Cuba Toponimo Indigeno o Memoria di Mantova per Domenico Capolongo dal libro Emigrazione e Presenza Italiana In Cuba Volume 4
Italy earthquake kills at least 4. According to the AP, One of the strongest earthquakes to shake northern Italy rattled the region around Bologna early Sunday, a magnitude-6.0 temblor that killed at least four people, toppled buildings and sent residents running into the streets, emergency services and news reports said. The quake struck at 4:04 a.m. local time Sunday between Modena and Mantova, about 35 kilometres north-northwest of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 5 kilometres, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
U.S. Envoy to Israel Says Nation Is Ready on Iran. According to the New York Times, Dan Shapiro, the American ambassador to Israel said this week that not only was America willing to use military force to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but that preparations had already been made for a possible attack.
'Lost Tribe' Of Israel Returning Home. According to World Net Daily, After a five-year immigration halt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has given permission to a community of Indian citizens who believe they are one of the “lost tribes” of Israel to move to the Jewish state. “We had a major breakthrough, and thank God, the Aliya [immigration to Israel] is set to resume this summer, and we hope and pray to bring the first batch of 50 families, or about 250-300 Bnei Menashe immigrants, to Israel by the end of August,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shavei Israel, which is behind the initiative. Shavei, based in Jerusalem, hopes to bring to the Jewish state the remaining 7,000 Indian citizens who believe they are the Bnei Menashe, the descendants of Manasseh, one of biblical patriarch Joseph’s two sons and a grandson of Jacob.