NEW YORK, NY – October 26, 2013 — Another important
recognition was received Thursday, October 24, 2013, by acclaimed Italian Tenor
Luciano Lamonarca, a Westchester County resident. This time it was Hon. Thomas
DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, who honored him with a Proclamation for
artistic merit. It follows a previous one issued
on October 7, 2013, by the Westchester County Executive, Hon. Robert Astorino.
The ceremony was held at the St. John University, Manhattan
Campus, to officially salute the Italian Cultural & Heritage Month in New
York, considering that the year 2013 was also proclaimed by the Italian Government
“Year of Italian Culture in the United States of America”.
About 150 guests attended the event, including officials,
well known artists and important members of the Italian American community.
Besides Hon. Thomas DiNapoli, who was the sponsor and host of the evening,
welcoming remarks were made by three very special guests: Hon. Natalia
Quintavalle, Italian Consul General of New York; Hon. Donna Lupardo, Assemblywoman
and President of the New York
Conference of Italian-American State Legislators; and Prof. Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations of St.
John University and President/Chair of the Italian Heritage and Culture
Committee in NY.
Honorees of the evening were the famous American actor Tony
Lo Bianco; Ms. Julia Bastiani, President of the Italian-American Labor Council;
Mr. Thomas & Barbara Lupo, immediate past president & first lady of the
Grand Lodge of New York, Order of Sons of Italy and Prof. Carlo Sclafani, Distinguished
SUNY Professor & former Chair of the Modern Language Dept. at Westchester
In the Proclamation
read by Hon. Thomas DiNapoli, were mentioned some of the biggest achievements of Tenor
Luciano Lamonarca, as well as his most important concerts up to this date,
including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Hon. DiNapoli
also mentioned the two music albums released
by Tenor Lamonarca, “Mamma” and “The
Impossible Dream”, proceeds from which
were donated to the missionary
project “City of Hope” in Zambia,
and the project “Mini Maestro” of the New York
Choral Society in New York.
Tenor Lamonarca sang the Hymn "God Bless
America" and ended the evening performing the aria "Nessun Dorma", from the opera "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini, that garnered thunderous applause and standing ovations from the
Tenor Lamonarca dedicated his proclamation
to his mother Anna, who died of cancer in 2005, his wife Valentina, to his
family, and to all those friends who have supported him so much on his way
towards fulfilling his “American Dream”.