THE MUSIC BOX
July 24, 2022
Erasmo “Orazio” Aiello, tenor
Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & organ
Nel cor più non mi sento . . . Giovanni Paisiello
Mattinata . . . Ruggero Leoncavallo
I’ te vurria vasà . . . Russo/Di Capua/Mazzucchi
O sole mio . . . Eduardo Di Capua
Ch’ella mi creda . . . Giacomo Puccini
The Prayer . . . Carole Bayer Sager & David Foster
Alberto Testa & Tony Renis
Psalm 19 . . . Benedetto Marcello
Our dear friend, tenor Orazio Aiello, sings for us today. It is somehow fitting that an artist with such a voice, so big and warm, should also bake incredible bread. This is a fact known only to anyone who has gone to a fine restaurant on the Peninsula; he established and owns Palermo Bakery.
We have known Orazio for over 20 years, and since then he has sung perhaps twice a year in our fortunate church. Years ago a music lover in the congregation expressed to me his appreciation for this amazing talent: “He makes the rafters ring.” I replied, “Man doth not live by bread alone.” He won’t look me in the eye anymore, probably afraid of a non-sequitur so far out of reach he couldn’t handle it.