By John J. Moser - The Morning Call - March 2017
Italian recording artist Giada Valenti, who has performed on Broadway, will be live in the studios of PBS station WLVT-TV Channel 39 in Bethlehem at 7 p.m. March 13 during the airing of her concert special "From Venice With Love."
Valenti will do live interviews during pledge breaks in the broadcast, which celebrates the 500th airing of her concert special in which she interpretsAmerican and Italian hits from the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
This show also will promote concerts by Valenti at 3 and 8 p.m. June 17 at Sellersville Theater 1894.
Tickets to those shows, at $35 and $50, are available at www.st94.com and
215-257-5808. Meet-and-greet opportunities also will be available at that show; call the box office for details.
The television special also will air on WHYY-TV Channel 12, the PBS station serving the Philadelphia area, and will re-air later in the week.
Born and raised in Venice, Valenti won several important music awards including the prestigious La Grande Occasione and Festival di Castrocaro. She won the song contest San Remo New Talents in the World, held annually for Italians living abroad, and won with her pop ballad "Solo Con Te" ("Only With You"), which led her to a record contract with BMG Ariola in Europe and several hits on the charts, as well as the use of her music in radio and television commercials.
A dozen years ago she came to the United States, but in 2012 had to have major surgery to remove three tumors from her pancreas.
She performed her song "Caruso" at the New York City Columbus Day Parade in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and has been featured in the parade every year since.
She had a role in the Broadway musical "Be My Love," based on the life of tenor Mario Lanza. In 2008 iTunes selected her version of "Caruso" as one of the 50 best songs in the Italian language.
She since has played regularly at theaters in New York and Atlantic City.
Valenti, who sings and speaks in five languages, performs love songs originally made famous by The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The BeeGees, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack, Bread, Domenico Modugno and more.
In the special, she's accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra.