By Jim Dresbach
Pentagram Staff Writer
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - A near-capacity crowd filled Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Memorial Chapel during the evening of April 23 to listen and applaud The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” tenor Master Sgt. Antonio Giuliano as he performed an audio portfolio of Luciano Pavarotti’s most beloved works.
Accompanied by The U.S. Army Orchestra’s violinist Staff Sgt. Krista Smith and Matthew Harrison on piano, Giuliano vocalized a spectrum of Pavarotti selections.
Opening with Vincenzo Bellini to Giuseppe Verdi, the audience’s reception to the Italian classics, which was helped along with translation handouts, was warm and well-received.
“I was overwhelmed by the support of the packed chapel. What a great crowd we had,” the tenor said following the recital. “The audience was tremendous. They truly enjoyed all of the selections and were very appreciative of having the English translations in order to follow along and understand about what I was singing in the original Italian, Latin and [the] Neapolitan dialect. As the night went on, they became more and more enthusiastic.”
After the intermission, Giuliano focused on the Italian and Neapolitan Folk Songs by Bixio, Tosti, Cardillo and Falvo.
In attendance for the Pavarotti recital were Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/Military District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, Col. Thomas H. Palmatier, The U.S. Army Band commander; TUSAB Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Spray and Regimental Commander of The Old Guard Col. James C. Markert.