Alla Boara: Italian Folk Songs
Friday, May 31, 2024 6:30 pm
John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, OH 44691

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Friends of the Secrest Arboretum open their summer Music at the Arboretum concert series on Friday, May 31, 2023, with Cleveland-based Alla Boara. The ensemble reimagines Italian folk songs by adding elements of modern jazz and world music. Showcasing works from their debut album, “Le Tre Sorelle,” and newest live recorded album, Amanda Powell, Anthony Taddeo, and Dan Bruce connect audiences through storytelling. Alla Boara’s immersive shows provide audiences with a deeper perspective on historical traditions and showcase the common humanity in us all. Each performance is unique, with music that will connect to every listener.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691. For more information call 419-853-6016.

The program is free, but registration is recommended.

About the Musicians 

Anthony Taddeo is a percussionist and composer currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. He has studied with world renowned percussionists such as Jamey Haddad, Kendrick Scott and Jimmy Cobb. Anthony has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from The School for Jazz at The Newschool in NYC and a master’s in composition from Youngstown State University. Anthony has toured North America and Europe extensively and his versatility as a musician has led him to be featured on over 30 albums with a diverse array of musicians and genres. He is endorsed by Out of the Drawer Percussion and Byrne Cymbals as a performing artist. Learn more at

By embracing the influence of his heroes from the jazz tradition and retaining his own musical personality, guitarist Daniel Bruce has developed a unique and impressive musical voice. A recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, he is active throughout the Midwest and nationally as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator. His original works and arrangements have been performed by The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and The Brad Wagner Nonet as well as numerous college and high school ensembles, and he recently received an Individual Excellence Award in Music Composition from the Ohio Arts Council. Bruce is currently on faculty at Youngstown State University and Cuyahoga Community College. Learn more at

Soprano Amanda Powell has been praised as “the star of the evening” (Seen and Heard International, UK) and “charismatic and theatrically arresting (San Francisco Chronicle).  A highly versatile musician, she is at home in repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart to Ravel, and has toured internationally as soloist in baroque opera, oratorio and crossover folk programs.  Her tour performances with GRAMMY-winning baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire (Jeannette Sorrell) include such venues as the National Concert Hall of Ireland in Dublin, the Irish National Opera House, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, Zellerbach Hall in San Francisco, among others.  Her 2019 debut as Messiah soloist with the Calgary Symphony won kudos as “the soloist of the night… singing to perfection.”

As a recording artist, Ms Powell has been featured on several Apollo’s Fire albums including Sugarloaf MountainSephardic Journey, and Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain, all of which received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and debuted in the top ten on the BILLBOARD Classical Chart. Her 2015 solo debut album, Beyond Boundaries, is an intimate program of folk, jazz, and global music. She is a fluent improvisor and has collaborated with such artists as Bobby McFerrin and Sheila Jordan. Learn more at

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