Joseph Macerollo, a Guelph native who has elevated the accordion to new musical heights, will perform on Friday July 11 on the opening night of this year’s Festival Italiano.
Macerollo, whose 7 p.m. concert is in the main hall of the Italian Canadian Club, was born and raised in Guelph.
In 1963, Guelph Mayor Ralph Smith gave him the keys to the City of Guelph and presented him with a civic ring after he placed fourth in the World Accordion Championships in Baden, Germany.
On staff at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music since 1972, Macerollo has won many awards over the years, a news release said.
A renowned performer, teacher and arts administrator, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada last year. In January, he was recognized by the Italian Canadian Club of Guelph for his contributions to Italian
Canadian culture by opening the door to acceptance of the concert accordion in Canada.
Macerollo has performed with major ensembles and orchestras in Canada and throughout the United States. He’ll be part of Guelph’s 21st annual summertime celebration of Italian culture, music and food, which takes place July 11-13 at the Italian Canadian Club,