DAS Events 2012-2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Our Annual Gala was celebreted at Tre Monti Restaurant in Troy.
We enjoied Toty Viola and The D-Note Band. They have performed throughout the US, Canada & Europe at a variety of venues and wide variety of International music.Our “Dante Distinctive Citizen Award”, which honors admirable members of the community who, with effort and passion, strive to promote the Italian culture and language in our area was given to Mr. Tonino Corsetti.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center
The Dante Alighieri Society, under the auspices of the Italian Consulate of Italy in Detroit, and the Italian Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University hosted two presentations by Luca Guardabascio, an Italian director and screenwriter; his works include documentaries, feature films, and TV series and shows.
Luca Guardabascio’s new project-book and movie is entitled Padula-New York-Pittsburgh:Emigrazione Sangue Speranza – La storia di Joe Petrosino e del suo migliore amico Giovanni Esposito (Padula-New York-Pittsburgh: Emigration Blood and Hope – The story of Joe Petrosino and his best friend Giovanni Esposito). The story describes the strong friendship between Giuseppe (Joe) Petrosino and Giovanni Esposito, and their childhood with their friends in Padula (Italy) near the Certosa (the biggest monastery in Europe) until they decide to leave Italy to go to the United States in search of a better life.

Monday, October 28, 2013
Waine State University
Where Her Feet Stood |Dove Posarono i Suoi piedi
June 4, 1947, Casanova Staffora, a rural village in the Pavia Province the young Angela Volpini (7) meets a Lady while she was up on the hill with her friends. The beautiful Lady says to Angela “I have come to teach you the way to be happy in this World.” After that day she becomes the protagonist of an extraordinary mystical experience, which took place from 1947 to 1956. The documentary describes how a child was catapulted into the headlines and the attention of multitudes of faithful who believed the World could be a better place thanks to this experience of freedom, happiness, and creativity that is shared within the community of Nova Cana, in the same rural village after almost 70 years.

The Italian Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University, with the Comites, Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation, and the NOI Foundation under the auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit
Monday Oct. 14, Tuesday Oct. 15 and Thursday Oct. 17, 2013
Alex Manoogian Hall & General Lectures Building
Download the program here

Artist and Muses:
Tommaso Juglaris and the Italian Legacy at Michigan’s State Capitol
An Exhibition Celebrating an Immigrant Artist and the Michigan Capitol’s Crowning Art WorksIn Celebration of the year of Italian Culture in the United States
The Juglaris exhibition was displayed at the IACS in Clinton Township and the IACL in Livonia with a presentation by Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Chair of the Tommaso Juglaris Publication Commission.


Ferrari and Fashion:
The Embracing of Italian Design on the Runway

“Ferraris and Fashion: The Embracing of Italian Design on the Runway” highlighted stunning period couture of several decades, as professional models, including Jaclyn Schultz, Miss Michigan 2013, struted among sensuously designed Ferraris. The gowns showcased by the models were kindly provided by the exclusive Roma Sposa Bridal & Evening Atelier of Birmingham, and selected from its Haute Couture vintage Collection. The looks was completed with make up & hair styling by Luigi Bruni Salon of Birmingham.

Already established in the Detroit area as a successful car dealership owner, Jeff founded Cauley Ferrari in 1998. His passion for high performance has been the guiding force behind the dealership’s many successes. Whether speaking about Ferraris or about his commitment to quality customer relations, the focus on performance is always present.
Musical accompaniment by violinist Siobhan Cronin. Miss Cronin has performed on stages across the United States and Europe with world renowned artists.

Celebrating Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
On Saturday September 20th, at the bust of Dante Alighieri at Belle Isle, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and the Italian Consulate in Detroit held the 3rd annual celebration of Dante Alighieri. Betina Schlossberg, Secretary of the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, opened the event. First a new plaque was uncovered, as the first step towards DAS’s commitment to bring Dante’s bust once again to pristine condition.
Consul of Italy in Detroit, Maria Luisa Lapresa, presented a wreath in honor of Dante and explained the importance of the celebration as part of 2013 being Year of Italian Language
The event continued with a presentation on Dante and music by John Zaretti, president and co-founder of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan/Statue of Enrico Caruso Society, in which Mr. Zaretti explained the extent to which Dante’s works influenced musicians and poets of all times. Mr. Zaretti closed his presentation with a reading of Gabriele D’Anunzio’s poem In Morte di Giuseppe Verdi, in which the influence of Dante in Verdi’s works is made clear.
The event closed with an informal chat and refreshments.

Paintings from Venice by Tom Parish

Friday, June 21, 2013 – ELLEN KAYROD GALLERY
Artist introduced by Sculptor Sergio De Giusti
Mr. Parish explained his life in Venice and will tour his works
Tom Parish, is an American Painter who has worked from Venice as his primary resource and inspiration since 1986. His home studio is in Detroit, Michigan. For 35 years he was professor of painting in the School of Art at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he is now a Professor Emeritus.
Prior to Detroit, Tom Parish worked in Philadelphia, North Dakota, Saint Louis, and Chicago.

Italian Film Festival

The festival was held from Wednesday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 28th, 2013.
The Italian Film Festival USA brings contemporary Italian films to the U.S., with the goal of providing to the public the opportunity to see films that have not yet and may never be seen locally. Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter was a proud sponsor of the Italian Film Festival in Detroit.

Friday, April 26, 2013 – Time 6:30
Dina Soresi Winter, one of the Dante’s favorite and most popular speakers, prepared us for the upcoming performance of Verdi’s “AIDA” at the Michigan Opera Theatre in May.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter’s “Year End Gala” was an unforgettable night with a great dinner, music, and dancing. We enjoyed the Italian Singer/Actress/Producer Simona Rodano and accordionist Joe Recchia. Special guest Lisa Agazzi (Mezzo Soprano).
DAS crowned this year with 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 2012 the recipient was Dott. Marco Nobili, Consul of Italy in Detroit.

October 21, 2012
The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and the Federazione Abruzzese of Michigan presented Voci suoni e colori della mia terra …e di altri lidi
Poems by Pasquarosa (Rosetta) Di Lorenzo
Born in Torre de’ Passeri in the province of Pescara (Abruzzo). After she studied in her hometown at the Collegio Ravasco, she continued her studies in Rome at the Sapienza University and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Law. She has practiced as a lawyer in Rome and Pescara. Rosetta, as qualified teacher in Social Psychology and Public Relations (Aquila 1976), obtained the Master Degree in Canonical Law at the Pontificia University S. Tommaso d’Aquino in Rome.For many years she devoted herself to writing poems, a way of telling aspects and important moments of her life through the journey of the soul. A journey often therapeutic and a need of encounter and gift. 

It is not only about pasta! It is tradition and history!
An Italian tour to discover Italy’s different types of pasta and introduce us to the fascinating world of this food which serves as a symbol of Italy around the world.

Celebrating Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Saturday, September 8, 2012
By the Statue of Dante at Belle Isle, Detroit.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan under the auspice of the Italian Consulate of Detroit in its second Annual Celebration of Dante Alighieri presented Dante in Exile: the Restless Heart
A lecture by prof. Andrea Di Tommaso
– Banished from his homeland under accusations of political corruption, the poet draws on his knowledge of classical and biblical examples of exile and alienation, on patristic literature, and on concepts of travel in the middle ages to give meaning to his isolation, and to help define his pilgrim’s journey toward God and peaceful reconciliation.

An Opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo
May 10, 2012
Hightlights by Dina Soresi Winter

Dina Soresi Winter, former opera singer, well known for her knowledgeable and moving presentations of opera, talket about one of the most overwhelming of all operatic experiences.

April 4 to Sunday, April 29, 2012.
The Italian Film Festival USA brings contemporary Italian films to the U.S., with the goal of providing to the public the opportunity to see films that have not yet and may never be seen locally. Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter is a proud sponsor of the Italian Film Festival in Detroit.

Voices of the Italian Holocaust
Caroline Helton, Soprano
Kathryn Goodson, Piano
January  22, 2012
Moore Builging Britton Recital Hall
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Sponsored by The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, the Italian Consulate, the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the UM School of Music.