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A venerated Detroit institution is handing its musical reins to a rising star. In a bold, forward-looking move, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has hired charismatic young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its music director — the 43-year-old's first time in that role anywhere. Bignamini’s six-year contract will begin with the 2020-2021 DSO seaso...

It was all hands on deck when board member Joe Troiani presented an acclaimed PBS documentary at the museum on Dec. 7. “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan” tells the untold tale of a program that trained more than 15,000 carrier pilots off the shores of the Windy City during World War II. The training took place on a pair of coal-fired,...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Oak Park Public Library, Veterans’ Room, 834 Lake St., 60301 Tickets/Admission: Free (RSVP to info@italianamericantheatreofchicago.com is appreciated.) Join us for the dramatic reading of PASSAGGIO OSCURO (Dark Passage), by Rosemary FrisinoToohey, when the Italian American Theatre of Chicago kicks off its 2020 se...

Sunday January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009. Organizer: Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan. 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...

Anger over the removal of several trees to make room for a new bocce ball court has prompted an Ohio mayor to announce he's slowing down the project for more study. The court in downtown Warren in northeastern Ohio is an important part of the city's annual Italian-American Heritage Festival, including money raised at the festival for scholarships,...

Under the guidance and supervision of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, Brian Sweeney has developed a fine reputation as he approaches his third year on the Tribe coaching staff. The former Team Italy pitcher and coach was recently promoted to Cleveland Indians bullpen coach after assisting the pitching coach and the bullpen coach with thei...

Celebrating 42 years of Italian Americans in Sports, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame hosted its annual star-studded Induction and Awards Gala on Saturday, November 9th at the Westin O’Hare. With 650 guests on hand, the NIASHF welcomed the all-star class of 2019, which included Super Bowl Champion, Glenn Carano; National Hot Rod As...

On the heels of another disappointing season, Mark Dantonio seems to be on shaky ground at Michigan State. Not in the eyes of Tom Izzo, who made a passionate defense for Dantonio during an interview Tuesday with the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.  "The haters are gonna hate, that’s about as normal as you can get. If you look at his recor...

In a converted train station in north suburban Highwood, athletes from as far away as South America gathered Wednesday for what promises to be a fierce three days of competition. You could tell they were athletes because that’s what the tags said dangling from their necks — that, and the sleek warm-up suits with the names of their countries stitche...

Laura De Marchi and Olivia Ghormley of the Michigan Tech volleyball team were named All-Region by two different organizations on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Both juniors were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA). De Marchi earned AVCA All-Midwest Region honors for th...

Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour returns to Detroit! Join us on November 29-December 1, 2019 at the Detroit Film Theatre.  Each summer, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most renowned centers for film restoration, presents a film festival featuring an array of cinematic gems: newly restored classics enjoying their second life, rarities from world film...

In an exceptionally-clean race that saw only two caution periods across 500 miles of battling on-track, Italian driver Michele Costantini was the man left standing at the end to win the inaugural running of the Open-Wheels.com 500 Mile Race on Sunday. Costantini, who pilots the No. 66 Dallara IR-18 Honda for Apex Racing Team with Indy 500 Group, le...