Monday, June 18, 2018

Photos from the first Concert of the Dante Chamber Music Series 2018

From left: 
Luca Manghi, flute - Elena Abramova, violin - Greg McGarity, viola - Heleen du Plessis, cello

Thank you all for coming to our first concert in the 2018 Dante Alighieri Chamber Music SeriesThe event was well attended and the music selection included eighteenth-century Italian composers Cimarosa and Viotti, as well as Bach's G major suite for solo cello and Villa-Lobos' exciting "Jet Whistle". Here the full programme:

After the concert we enjoyed meeting the musicians and more conviviality with Italian nibbles. See you at the next concert, Sunday 19 August, with famous violinist and orchestra director Tobias Ringborg. Click here for more info.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Festa della Repubblica - Italian Republic Day 2018 in Auckland

On Saturday 2 June the Embassy of Italy in New Zealand and the Dante Alighieri Society celebrated the Italian National Day, Festa della Repubblica, with an Aperitivo at Palazzo Italia.

Thank you to our Italian Ambassador, Fabrizio Marcelli, for flying up to Auckland to celebrate with us, we truly treasure the collaboration between our Dante Society and the Embassy. A special grazie to all who attended, Italians and Kiwi friends, and to Martina Depentor and Alessandra Zecchini for planning the event.

The evening was also a very special occasion for us, as our friend Sandro Aduso was awarded the title of Maestro del LavoroRead all about it here.

Matteo, chef di Palazzo Italia, prepared some delicious food with great Italian products.

During the evening guests enjoyed delicious Italian food and drinks, courtesy of the Embassy of Italy and the Dante Alighieri Society. We also would like to acknowledge Palazzo Italia for the Prosecco, Peroni for the beer, Casamassima Italian Fare for the truffles and Ghiotti for the Italian cold meats. 
Tutto buonissimo!


Sandro Aduso bestowed the Stella al Merito del Lavoro

In occasion of the Festa della Repubblica celebrations in Auckland Sandro Aduso, President of the ComItEs, past president of the Dante Auckland, and a pillar of the Italian community in New Zealand, was awarded the title of Maestro del Lavoro. The Stella al Merito del Lavoro (Star of Merit for Labour) is bestowed by decree of the President of the Italian Republic on the recommendation of the Minister of Economic Development, and was presented to Sandro by the Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli. It is the first time in history that the The Stella al Merito del Lavoro is conferred in New Zealand.

Friday, June 1, 2018