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Music as International Language: Seattle Music Exchange Project Strengthens Sister City Ties

Blog contributed by Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. When the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association received an email from pianist Angelo Rondello making inquiries about the possibility of arranging a sister city tour, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew of Rondello as one of the rising stars on the local musical scene but hadn’t yet had the chance to hear him perform live, let alone meet him. With our association going through a period of rebirth and rebuilding, I hadn’t either given much thought to setting up concert venues in Norway. My own response wasn’t immediate, but once an initial meeting was set up, I soon realized it would be the beginning of something new and exciting. Angelo and...view

Guests enjoy dancing along to live music played by the Mood Swings. Photo ©Patri

2017 Inaugural Gala

The second in Sister Cities International (SCI) history, the 2017 Inaugural Gala was a triumphant success with over 400 guests including Ambassadors, diplomats, elected officials, community leaders, and sister city members. Guests gathered at the Organization of American States (OAS) on January 17, 2017 to celebrate the inauguration of Sister Cities International’s Honorary Chairman, the President of the United States, Donald Trump and to support SCI’s mission of promoting peace through people. The evening kicked off with general and VIP receptions, where guests could mingle and enjoy live Slovenian accordion music as well as Slovenian wine and vodka before the Gala. The Gala was held in the historic OAS ballroom and was led by Master of Ceremonies Michelle Caruso-...view

Inaugural Gala

Sister Cities International's Inaugural Gala Brings Together Ambassadors, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders in Washington, DC on January 17

WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2017) – On January 17, Ambassadors, diplomats, municipal officials, and community leaders will join Sister Cities International (SCI) at the 2017 Inaugural Gala in Washington, DC. Since SCI’s founding in 1956, Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have served as its Honorary Chairman. SCI’s President and CEO Mary D. Kane said, “We are delighted to celebrate this tradition of Presidential support as well as showcase the important role of people-to-people citizen diplomacy in furthering peace and prosperity on a global scale at our Inaugural Gala.” The Gala’s co-sponsors are the Embassy of Slovenia, birthplace of incoming First Lady Melania Trump, and the International...view

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