The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala will be taking place on October 13 in Washington DC. In addition to Puglia, six renowned leaders from the Italian and Italian American community will be recognized for their contributions to the respective fields. Honorees are Chef Lidia Bastianich, Vincenzo Boccia, president, Confindustria; Giovanni Caforio, M.D., chairman/CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb; Antonio De Matteis, CEO, Kiton; Cav. Lav. Vito Pertosa, founder, Angel Group; and Carl J. Schramm, an American economist and entrepreneur.
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Canzoniere, the fourth album the band has made under the leadership of violinist, percussionist, and vocalist Mauro Durante, is a marked departure from their previous work. The album, whose title is Italian for “songbook,” comprises eleven new compositions and one traditional song. Canzoniere marries the band’s unique, folk-based style to international pop, with the catchy combinations of melody, lyrics, and rhythm that we experience as "earworms" — music you can't get out of your head, and don't want to