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Cambridge, MA, May 18, 2006 – The Filarmonica Santo Antonio Cultural Center (FSA) (http://www.fsacc.com/) today announced plans to launch a new Membership Drive Campaign in which the organization will actively seek new members and is encouraging anyone in local Portuguese speaking communities to join.  This campaign represents the first in a series of initiatives to expand their membership base and promote the FSA’s mission to create, promote, and encourage cultural programs of Portuguese tradition, such as the Philharmonic Band, musical education, fados, folklore, Carnaval and other cultural activities.

Ethnicity aside, the FSA provides an ideal environment for networking with local community groups and has established partnerships with such groups aimed at providing a sense of “oneness” among the Portuguese community.  A Membership Services Committee, under the direction of John F. Correia, President of the FSA, will build upon its current membership base with a more active push to continue its purpose throughout local communities.  Since membership dues are a key source of revenue for the FSA, it also hopes to expand its base to continue providing members with opportunities to network via cultural activities and musical education.

“We are working harder than ever this year to continue a tradition that benefits local youth and the well being of the communities we serve.  We remain committed to investing in children who love to study the art of music and strengthen the efforts of families and communities alike in preserving the Portuguese culture,” said Mr. Correia. 

The FSA offers a free comprehensive curriculum of musical education classes for all members interested in studying music.  Boston Conservatory of Music alum, John Robert Feitor, conducts the Filarmonica Santo Antonio Philharmonic Band and leads the educational curriculum.  Mr. Feitor began his music career by studying music with the FSA since the age of 10 and went on to receive his Bachelors Degree in Musical Education/Conducting from the Conservatory. 

Since 2001, Mr. Feitor has been on the music faculty of Medford Public Schools where he serves as Band Director for the high school and middle school bands.  Other responsibilities include high school jazz ensemble and this year, for the first time, he was the Choral Director for the high school chorus.

 “The FSA has made numerous cultural contributions to the cities of Cambridge, Somerville and surrounding Portuguese communities,” stated State Representative Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.  “The cities of Cambridge and Somerville are especially appreciative of the generosity shown by this group of individuals who have invested their tireless efforts in promoting the Portuguese language and culture through the art of music.”

The annual FSA membership fee is $25.00, except for seniors, board, and musical members, and includes free musical education for all members, a 25% discount on hall rental fees, and a special invitation to attend all cultural activities, including the Musician’s Day and Holy Ghost Feast held in April each year.  For additional membership information, please contact Manuel Carreiro, FSA Secretary, at 617.864.8514.

About the Filarmonica Santo Antonio Cultural Center (FSA)

The FSA is a local non-profit organization founded in August of 1972 dedicated to creating, promoting, and encouraging cultural programs of Portuguese tradition and is located at 575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141.  For more information, please call 617.864.8514 or visit http://www.fsacc.com/.

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