The News Herald: Solon native and trumpeter Dominick Farinacci isn’t skipping New Year’s Eve-at-Nighttown tradition

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci performs in the summer at the Re-Generation Festival in Florence, Italy.

By John Benson Dec 25, 2020

Albeit for what now feels like a fleeting moment, world-renowned jazz trumpeter and Solon native Dominick Farinacci was provided a glimpse into a post-pandemic world that includes live performances.

Despite spiking COVID-19 numbers this summer, the resident of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood flew to Florence, Italy, to take part in the Re-Generation Festival, billed as the first socially distanced music festival of its kind.

“It was the end of August, and I still can’t believe it actually happened,” said Farinacci, who debuted the newly commissioned show “The Three Divas.” “As Americans, we were able to get into Italy under a provision that if you’re going there for work, you can stay there for up to four days.

“It’s amazing we were able to get in and out adhering to all of the safety precautions. It was a pretty remarkable and safe event. They didn’t have any health problems that came out of it. Everyone was really diligent. That was my last gig.”

As far as getting a firsthand peek into the future of the stateside concert industry, Farinacci said it was surreal.

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