Fri, October 13, | From 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Join us to celebrate the Dante Alighieri Society Gala
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Event location: The Reserve, 325 S. Eton St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Live music performed by Ben Sharkey Quintet
With performances that have been viewed more than five million times on YouTube alone, Ben Sharkey has been delighting fans worldwide with his romantic style and velvet vocals on old swing and jazz standards that would make old Blue Eyes himself green with envy. His original compositions bear his soul and tug at the listener’s heart strings. Ben Sharkey’s striking good looks and impassioned music makes him a creative tour de force. Although often compared to contemporaries like Michael Bublé, Ben is actually more closely comparable to Mel Torme and Harry Connick, Jr, with his intimate interpretations of jazz classics and ability to make them sound fresh and new. His elegant renditions of the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darrin (along with many others) are both powerful and personal. His original music (available on iTunes) is heartfelt and instantly catching!
DAS Gala promises to be an unforgettable night with great food, music, and dancing.
7:00 pm seated dinner followed by the Dante Citizen Award Presentation.
DAS Members $95.00 – Non-Members $105.00
Price includes dinner, wine at the table, soft drinks, and great live entertainment.
RSPS: October 8, 2017
We are very excited about our Gala at The Reserve in Birmingham.
DAS will crown this year with a celebration which includes 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. We are pleased to announce that for 2017 the recipient is 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.
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