CULTURE

Lucio Dalla to perform for charity

The singular music, lyrics and voice of Lucio Dalla will fill the Lycabettus Theater on Monday, June 14. The popular Italian singer/songwriter comes to Athens for a charity concert in aid of victims of violence (abused women and children) and the Athens Archdiocese Center for Family Support. At the concert, Dalla aficionados will enjoy much-loved tunes including «Caruso,» «Com’ e Profondo il Mare» and «Anna e Marco,» as well as songs from the artist’s new album, «Lucio.» Born in Bologna in 1943, Dalla made his singing debut in 1964, backed by established singer Gino Paoli – as an RCA consultant, Paoli’s idea was to turn young Dalla into the first Italian soul singer. At the same time, Dalla was involved in the anti-war movement and testing his music skills in composition. In 1970, his «Occhi di Ragazza» became a great hit interpreted by the legendary Gianni Morandi. The following year, Dalla became a household name when he appeared at the San Remo festival with «4/3/1943.» In 1977, the «Come e Profondo il Mare» album marked the beginning of his career as a lyricist. A multifaceted artist, Dalla develops projects for television, runs an art gallery, teaches advertising at the University of Urbino and is the author of a book of short stories. In 2003, he unveiled «Tosca, Amore Disperato,» a performance inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s celebrated work. For tickets: Hellenic Festival Box Office, 39 Panepistimiou, tel 210.322.1459; Metropolis stores; Ticket Shop 211.955.9900; and Advance Communications, tel 210.722.9127.