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A former Soprano is showing multi-care centers all of the Bronx that he is not just an actor.

Dominic Chianese, best known for his acting roles on HBO hit series the Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, put his singing talents on display at Cassena Care’s Workmen’s Circle Multicare Center, located at 3155 Grace Avenue, on Monday, December 22, to spread the holiday spirit by singing to residents.

At the Workmen’s Circle Multicare Center, Chianese showcased his singing skills and performed holiday themed music, along with some of his all-time favorite songs, entertaining the residents with his performance.

During some songs, residents even joined in, singing with Dominic as he got them excited for the holidays.

“It was not a rare occurrence for this talented actor and singer to bring joy to residents with his musical performance,” said Estee Gordon, event coordinator and community outreach at Cassena Care. “It is more than clear that he enjoys giving back to the elderly, as he has been known to visit nursing homes often.”

This was definitely not a first-time gig for Chianese. Over the years, Chianese has paid visits to various nursing homes throughout the country, particularly during the holiday season.

As the founder of the Joy Through Art Foundation, whose mission is ‘to improve the quality of life for residents of nursing homes through regular interactions with professional artists,’ Chianese has been performing songs at nursing homes for over three decades.

Chianese’s foundation also trains other artists and musicians to perform and interact with nursing home residents.

Best known for his role as Corrado ‘Uncle Junior’ Soprano, Dominic Chianese has proven that he is not just an actor, not just a singer, but a very charitable individual, who donates his time and effort to nursing homes as his way of giving back to the community.

“Dominic is a kind and compassionate man,” said Gordon. “It was an honor to have him at our facility, and a true joy to see the cheer he brought to all of our residents during the holiday season.”

Reach Reporter Steven Goodstein at (718) 742–3384. E-mail him at sgoodstein@cnglocal.com.
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