Savors and Culture of Campania in New York City with 'Roots of Irpinia'

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A tasting and presentation organized by the Comunità Montana Terminio Cervialto to present a "hidden" part of Campania

It was with a broken heart that tens of thousands left the province of Avellino during the massive migration from 1880 to 1920 and again in the '50s. They kept an invisible bond, a root with the Motherland, while working hard for a new future in the "Land of Hope." Their heart torn between past and future...

The series "Radici d'Irpinia" (Roots of Irpina), which the Comunità Montana Terminio Cervialto has been proposing over the past few years, is homage to its people. Capitalizing on the roots of their hearts, Avellino Province comes back to its people, to heal the separation, but also to get an opportunity to highlight today's Irpinia: a stubborn and determined land that was able to hold its head high and embrace the challenge of the new times.

The purpose of this project is to launch Terminio Cervialto territory through its best products and suggestive artistic expressions: Avellino province is in fact becoming a great tourist destination for those who love nature, traditions, history, culture, relaxation, and the well being that comes with the Italian lifestyle.

The opening of "Roots of Irpinia" will be held at the New York Bureau of the Campania Region, with a presentation to a special audience of tour operators, buyers and press. Remarks by Nicola Di Iorio, president of Comunità Montana Terminio Cervialto; Riccardo Strano, Director of the Italian Government Tourist Board North America; Santino Barile, Chairman of the Provence of Avellino Tourism Board, and Eugenio Salvatore, Tourism Councilman of Avellino Province. Also attending there will be a delegation of the Federazione delle Associazioni Campane. In display, delightful flavors of Irpinia: from the black truffle to the Bagnolese sheep's milk cheese, from the chestnuts of Montella to the local cured meats, topped off with the king of the table, Taurasi docg wine, all masterfully prepared to reveal the delicacies of Irpinia and Terminio Cervialto. Locally produced specialty foods, "priceless" flavors, are after all the best ambassadors of the "Made in Italy," able to lure the American public to explore a territory...

The second appointment will be on April 29 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall: the concert by Duo Alban (Alberto Barletta, flute and Antonella De Vinco, piano) will propose a repertoire of Italian arias, with special attention to the musical heritage of the Campania Region. The focus will be on Enrico Morricone's scores, composed for Sergio Leone, a director from Irpinia who created the "Spaghetti Western" , and of Avellinese composer Mario Cesa, author of international importance. The concert isunder the auspices of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the international musical association "Arthur Toscanini."

To conclude the "Roots of Irpinia" series, a special gathering on Monday, April 30, 2007 in Norristown (PA), with a meeting between visiting officials and the local Irpinian community of Norristown, a few miles from Philadelphia, home to many generations of immigrants from Montella (Av). A moving journey in memory of the many emigrants to the United States who still have solid ties in their never-forgotten land of origin. It was also an opportunity to describe the new Irpinia, which has elevated itself to a new and modern standard and has achieved significant economic growth and development. An Irpinia that nurtures the relationship with its people abroad who have brought praise and honor to Italy and to the Province of Avellino.

Press is welcomed to attend the event. Please contact Accent PR at 908 212 7846.

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