DAS Gala at The Reserve in Birmingham included the “Dante Distinctive Citizen Award” ceremony to honor admirable members of the community that with effort and passion strive to promote the Italian culture and language in our area. For 2017 the recipient was John Zaretti. John has been actively involved in promoting operatic music in Michigan, Ohio, and Canada, since his moving to Detroit from New York in 1979. He started his music endeavors by making presentations and organizing exhibits on the life of Giuseppe Verdi and on the history of opera, subsequently becoming a co-founder of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan/Statue of Enrico Caruso Society in 1988. With the Verdi Opera he also instituted the annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students.
Ben Sharkey has delighted our members and friends with his wonderful performance.