Boston Symphony Youth Orchestras Director Federico Cortese and distinguished MIT Professor Silvio Micali to be honored at Italianissimo! gala at Eataly Boston on Saturday, Nov. 19
BOSTON, November 14, 2016 – Friends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston, Inc. (FICCB) today announced the recipients of the 2016 Thomas M. Menino awards. Federico Cortese, Music Director for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Silvio Micali, MIT Ford Professor of Engineering, will receive their recognition on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Italianissimo!, FICCB’s annual event that celebrates New England’s rich Italian-American culture.
FICCB awards the Thomas M. Menino Award to members of Boston’s Italian-American community who have made outstanding contributions towards the preservation and promotion of Italian heritage and culture. FICCB was founded in December 2012 to create a novel Italian cultural center, preserve Boston’s rich Italian heritage, and forge a strong, united community of italophiles.
“The individuals that we honor this year in the Menino Award exemplify those who contribute to the mission of FICCB,” said Anthony Pangaro, Chairman of FICCB. “Through their good works, they are contributors to the rich Italian heritage of the City of Boston.”
This year’s Thomas M. Menino Award recipients have significantly enhanced Boston’s artistic and scientific communities.
Federico Cortese has been the Music Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for nearly 20 years and is also the Music Director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra at Harvard University. He has conducted orchestras from Italy to Australia and studied composition and conducting at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Silvio Micali has been on the faculty at MIT since 1983. Originally from Sicily, he has been widely recognized for his contributions to computer science. He is the recipient of the A.M. Turing Award for transformative work that laid the complexity-theoretic foundations for the science of cryptography, and in the process pioneered new methods for efficient verification of mathematical proofs in complexity theory.
The Thomas M. Menino Award was named after former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to honor his contributions to the city of Boston as a prominent Italian-American. Angela Menino, wife of the late Boston Mayor, will attend Italianissimo! and participate in the awards ceremony. To learn more about this year’s Italianissimo! event, a special pre-opening reception at Eataly Boston, see italianissimo! 2016.
Brodeur Partners, for FICCB