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Sons of Italy® Celebrates Florence at New York City Festival

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2004 ­ The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) is a partner in the upcoming Splendor of Florence festival in New York City, September 30-October 10. This is an eleven-day festival of cultural, educational, culinary, and musical events that highlight distinguished Florentine artisans.

"OSIA is honored to be an active part of this festival that promotes Florentine culture. It is important that we allow the community to share in and learn from our great heritage," says Joseph Sciame, OSIA National President.

Sciame is on the Splendor of Florence Advisory Board, chaired by Dr. David Caputo, president of Pace University, which helped plan the festival. OSIA is participating by enlisting a core group of Italian translators to work with the artisans from Florence during the course of the exhibit.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a performance by Florentine composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. This is the first public concert by Tedesco in 50 years.

There will be a special art exhibition at the Federal Hall National Memorial titled, "The Medici on Wall Street." It features 16th and 17th century Medici family portraits displayed from October 1-November 12, on loan from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

The Splendor of Florence events will take place at various sites in lower Manhattan including the World Financial Center Winter Garden and the Michael Schimmel Center of the Arts at Pace University.

For more information about dates and times of the events in the Splendor of Florence festival, visit www.splendorofflorence.com or call 212/945-0505.