How Italian Opera in the 19th century influenced how and what was heard in Italian Churches

Please join us in this special Caffè & Cultura.

Maestro Cominetti of the Lombardy region will offer a few remarks on his past teaching career as an Adjunct Faculty at the Sacred Music Arts Academy in Rome and also his founding and artistic direction of the Circuito Organistico Internationale in Lombardia with over 50 concerts annually.

His lecture will include musical examples from Italian organs playing Opera Arias.

Ennio Cominetti  is one of the most active organist in the field of publishing, discography and music journalism. After studying at the Conservatory, he began the concert activity: to date he has given over two thousand concerts in the major cathedrals and concert halls in Europe, Asia, Africa, US, South America and Canada. He has recorded about 30 Cds for Italian and German labels, and he collected many appreciations by the most qualified critics. He published more than one hundred works by great composers (Bach, Häendel, Mozart, Beethoven ecc…), anthologies of early music rediscovered by himself and his own compositions, some of which won international competitions. He is an external consulting expert for the history and the interpretation of Italian music by quite a few European Universities and he is director of the department of Sacred Music and Professor of Organ at the Arts Academy of Rome. For the Italian magazine “Suonare news” he monthly cares a page about the most valuable organs in Italy. He has published the following books: Mozart’s journeys in Lombardy; M. E. Bossi: the organist, the academic, the composer; Notes about the organ; The adventure of the infinite harmony; I, Verdi, am telling about myself; Music for dinner: recipes of famous Italian musicians.

Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 4:30pm
4050 West Maple Rd. Ste 250 – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

RSVP by February 28, 2020

Celebrating Epiphany 2020

Join us to celebrate Epiphany with your child and a visit by the Befana! Please bring your own stocking and some cookies to share.

Event time 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Bloomfield Hills Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302

1:00-2:00pm   Children Creative activities
2:00-4:00pm – Interactive Film Screening: The Legend of The Christmas Witch (La Befana Vien di Notte)
(The Befana will fill the children’s stockings while they are enjoying the  fun activities and watching the film.

Reservation is closed!

Celebrating Dante @ Belle Isle


Italy: The Fairy-Godmother of Literary Fairy Tales”

Please join us for a special Caffè & Cultura with Silvia Giorgini-Althoen.

“Italy: The Fairy-Godmother of Literary Fairy Tales”.

Fairy tales have captured our imagination for centuries and they still do. In this presentation we will see how the literary fairy tale began in Italy long before Perrault and before the Brothers Grimm made it famous.
We will see how Italian traditions and folktales created a popular new genre.  From Straparola to Rodari, Italian authors have provided the fairy-tale genre with unforgettable characters stemming from our rich culture and folklore.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 4:30pm
Where: DAS of Michigan  – 4050 West Maple Rd, Ste 250 – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Registration is required by May 1, 2020


Italian American Foodways: Migration and Politics of Taste by Simone Cinotto

Join us  for a Presentation and Meet & Greet with Professor Simone Cinotto this coming 22 November 2019, as he discusses  his title, “Italian American Foodways: Migration and Politics of Taste“.

Where:The Henderson Room (Third floor) @ Michigan League – University of Michigan
Address: 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Friday, November 22, 2019 – 5:30pm-7:00pm
This event is organized, in conjunction with the IV Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, and Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago, in collaboration with the and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation (IACLCF) and the Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan.

The event is free and open to the public.
Online registration is required by Nov. 20, 2019, please register below.

Food has been a vital factor in the experience of Italian immigrants to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century as well as the American-born generations of their children and grandchildren. Food provided them with a widely shared means of cultural identification, social cohesion, and economic opportunities. Italian American family and community life were centered on food rituals such as Italian Sunday Dinner. After having been seen with suspect at the beginning of the century, Italian restaurants and American popular culture popularized immigrant cuisine among Americans of non-Italian descent, making food an inescapable feature of the public identity of Italian Americans. Even much of the transnational relationships with the diasporic home across the Atlantic was actually based on food, as food has always represented a most relevant share of Italian exports to the United States. Since the 1970s, a new, smaller, group of Italian immigrants—chefs, cookbook writers, TV show hosts—has introduced a new template of Italian cuisine in America, insisting on the notion of authenticity, and becoming an integral and dynamic part of the American “food revolution.” Arguably nothing more and better than food represents Italian America, its history, and the continuous two-way flows of people, goods, and ideas between Italy and the United States in the twentieth century and beyond.

Simone Cinotto is Associate Professor of Modern History at the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the master’s program “Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility.” He has been Visiting Professor at Indiana University (2017), the Department of Italian Studies at New York University (2008-2010), and the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London (2015-2019). He has also been Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU (2013-2015) and Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University (2004). Cinotto is the author of The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Soft Soil Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California (New York University Press, 2012); the editor of Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities (Fordham University Press, 2014), which won the 2015 John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association; and the coeditor, with Hasia Diner, of Global Jewish Foodways: A History (University of Nebraska Press, 2018). Cinotto has three books in preparation: Cibo: A Modern History of Italian Food (Oxford University Press); The Puerto Ricans and Italians of New York: Migration and Mobilization in the Atlantic World; and Transatlantic Emotions: The Mental and Intimate Biography of an Italian Immigrant to America, 1905-1942. Cinotto is the Co-Editor of Gastronomica and on the editorial board of Food, Culture, and Society and Global Food History among other journals and book series. He organized a joint conference with NYU and the University of Toronto titled “Food Mobilities: Making World Cuisines” (Pollenzo, Italy, June 5-9, 2019), which will also develop into a book.


The Leopard | Italian Book Club

Book Club Program Coordinator: Paola Margilio

Join DAS Book Club on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 4:30pm-6:00pm
Please, feel free to read the book, in Italian or English before the meeting.

The Leopard | Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa,

The Leopard is a story of a decadent and dying aristocracy threatened by the forces of revolution and democracy. Set against the political upheavals of Italy in the 1860s, it focuses on Don Fabrizio, a Sicilian prince of immense sensual appetites, wealth, and great personal magnetism. Around this powerful figure swirls a glittering array of characters: a Bourbon king, liberals and pseudo liberals, peasants and millionaires.

The Leopard chronicles the turbulent transformation of the Risorgimento, in the period of Italian Unification. The waning feudal authority of the elegant and stately Prince of Salina is pitted against the materialistic cunning of Don Calogero, in Tomasi’s magnificently descriptive memorial to a dying age. Tomasi’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical book became the bestselling novel in Italian history, and is now considered one of the greatest works of 20th-century fiction. It tells an age-old tale of the conflict between old and new, ancient and modern, reflecting bitterly on the inevitability and cruelty of change.

Reservation is required. Please fill the form.

For options on DAS membership please visit our membership page.
Please, feel free to read the book, in Italian or English before the meeting. Please be kind to advise if you are not attending anymore before meeting dates.
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IV Week of Italian Cuisine in the World

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, under the Auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, with the collaboration of the Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation (IACLCF)
“The Extraordinary Italian Taste, VI Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo”
“Educazione alimentare: la cultura del gusto”.

This year, Italian Cuisine Week in the World – in its fourth edition  –  aims to promote Italy’s agri-food industry and the tradition of high-quality food and wine which is so central to the Italian identity and culture.

DAS of Michigan will celebrate the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous Prosecco sparkling wine are grown, got the green light at a meeting of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee in Baku.

Prosecco Hills Of Italy Named UNESCO World Heritage Site – Aperitivo all’Italiana

Where: Castle Hall – Grand Army of the Republic
1942 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226 United States

Ticket price:
$60.00 DAS Members – $70.00 Non Members
Five Prosecco Tasting & Italian Appetizers)
Learn about the Hills home of the wonderful DOCG –  DOC – Superiore DOCG Prosecco’s

Space is limited. Reservation is required in advance. No ticket at the door.

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The Nativity Scene – Natale in Casa Cupiello

DAS is always striving to develop new programs to inspire, educate and engage the community.
Please join us on December 17, 2019 at The Village Players of Birmingham for the performance of The Nativity Scene 
(Natale in casa Cupiello) by Eduardo De Filippo.
The cast is formed by a wonderful group of volunteers committed to dedicate their free time to make this event fun and exciting.

Thank You, Cast!

The translation of the play into English was done by Wayne State University Italian 6700 –Performing Italy students led by Prof. Elena Past. Thank You, WSU Italian 6700!

Organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in collaboration with the N.O.I. Foundation (Nuovi Orizzonti Italiani) in conjunction with the XIX Week of Italian Language in the World “L’italiano sul palcoscenico”.  Under the Auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

Natale in Casa Cupiello, a play written by the great Eduardo De Filippo in 1931, is part of Italy’s Christmas tradition. In Naples, Luca Cupiello and his wife Concetta, try to get ready for Christmas while their children Ninuccia and Tommasino complicate the whole preparations. Ninuccia is in love with Tommasino’s best friend Vittorio and wants to leave her husband Nicolino. The plot develops around Christmas Eve dinner and the story precipitates when Nicolino understands his wife’s intentions. Luca has a stroke caused by the stress and until is last breath tries to save her daughter’s marriage and to convince his son Tommasino about the importance of the Christmas tradition of the Presepe. Luca is preparing the Presepe, explaining this art to his son Tommasino: each ”pastore” has its own place, there are the mountains, the small houses in the back to give depth to the scene, the shack where baby Jesus comes to life, and the real waterfall coming down from the mountains. Tommasino keeps repeating that he does not like the Presepe and his dad gets seriously offended. After various attempts to change his mind, Luca troughs him out of the house, saying that there is no place for someone who does not like the Presepe in his house…”

The play will take place on December 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Village Players in Birmingham, Michigan. Your support will be highly appreciated. All funds will be used to pay expenses, finance DAS free cultural activities, and  support Italian language classes in the Public Schools within the jurisdiction of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

The Dante Alighieri Society-Michigan Chapter is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible> Sponsorships available | Program Advertising | Booklet size 5.5×8.5 – Download  the application form here

Tickets are sold by the sections only, subject to availability. First Come First Served.


The Leopard | Film Screening

The Leopard

Luchino Visconti’s best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s. Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, published posthumously in 1958 and subsequently translated into all European languages, the picture opens as Salina (Burt Lancaster) learns that Garibaldi’s troops have embarked in Sicily. While the Prince sees the event as an obvious threat to his current social status, his opportunistic nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) becomes an officer in Garibaldi’s army and returns home a war hero. Tancredi starts courting the beautiful Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), a daughter of the town’s newly appointed Mayor, Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa). Though the Prince despises Don Calogero as an upstart who made a fortune on land speculation during the recent social upheaval, he reluctantly agrees to his nephew’s marriage, understanding how much this alliance would mean for the impecunious Tancredi. Painfully realizing the aristocracy’s obsolescence in the wake of the new class of bourgeoisie, the Prince later declines an offer from a governmental emissary to become a senator in the new Parliament in Turin.

Sunday, February 9, 2020
Film  screening 165 minutes – Time 4:30-7:30pm | In English
Join us for the film screening. Lasagna and salad will be served.
DAS Members $9 – Non Members $15

Registration is required by February 6, 2020

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Gino Bartali: The Invisible Hero

To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, every year, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan organizes activities commemorating those Italians who suffered persecution under the Nazi occupation during World War II and as a result of the Racial Laws imposed by the Fascist government.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in collaboration with the Consulate of Italy in Detroit
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago,

Gino Bartali: The Invisible Hero
Three-time Giro champion helped save the lives of 800 Jews during the Holocaust.
We invite you to a Meet and Greet with Special Guest Speaker: Gioia Bartali
Grand-Daughter of Gino Bartali 

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Time: 4:00pm-6:30:pm
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: 1516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009

Documentary  screening :
My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes, by Oren Jacoby
MY ITALIAN SECRET tells a heroic story that was all but lost to history. The film recounts how WWII bicycling idol Gino Bartali, physician Giovanni Borromeo and other Italians worked with Jewish leaders and high-ranking officials of the Catholic Church, risking their lives by defying the Nazis to save thousands of Italy’s Jews.

DAS Members: $8.00
Non Members $10.00
Price includes:
Documentary Screening;
Light Refreshments
No tickets at the door!  Reservation and payment required by January 23, 2020
The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All member due and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.