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English Language Meeting – September 8, 2021

September 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

When: September 8, 2021
Where: St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave. S, Seattle 98144
Topic: Festa di Bentornato

Members Only Welcome Back Party

To celebrate our being able to get together again, our President, Joyce Ramee, will cook up a splendid pasta dinner for us.  That promises to be quite a treat.  Members are welcome as usual to bring appetizers and desserts to share as well as a bottle of wine for their table.

If you do so, please following the Live Meeting Covid Guidelines:

  • please portion shared offerings for individual servings;  
  • avoid serving common dips and spreads; and
  • all food (including bread) should be served with utensils.

Instead of a speaker and to add the festivities, we are pleased that we will be joined by Renaissance lutenist John Lenti,  who will enhance our socializing with Italian music for the lute, theorbo and baroque guitar.

As usual, preregistration for the pre-Dante pasta dinner is requested to ensure that enough food is available for everyone. You can preregister only through the link included in your email invitation.  Cost is $8.00 per person.

As a special Bentornato treat, we’ll have a glass of bubbly prosecco for all and door prizes for the lucky / fortunati!

Be aware that we have a new location, the Undercroft of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave. S, Seattle 98144.  The entrance is off the small parking lot for the church.  You may park in the church lot and there is ample free street parking in the area as well.

The schedule for the  Festa di Bentornato is as follows:  the hall at St. Clement’s is open at 6:00, dinner is at 7:00 and socializing continues until 8:30.

All members are invited to come if you feel safe to do so.  Bentornati!

One of the world’s great lute players makes his home in Seattle. John Lenti performs nationally and internationally with great baroque ensembles, including Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and many more. John presents an evening of music on lute.

John Lenti specializes in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and has made basso continuo improvisation on theorbo the cornerstone of a career that encompasses work with baroque and modern orchestras, chamber music, recitals, and opera. The 2019-2020 season included performances with Acronym, Quicksilver, the Metropolitan Opera, Helicon Foundation, ARTEK, the Yale Collegium, and the Diderot String Quartet, among others, and that was all before the end of February. He has played at early and modern music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Vancouver, Carmel, the Proms, Aldeburgh, Valletta (Malta), and the San Juan Islands, and with baroque and modern orchestras on both coasts. His recent interests include the lute music of Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder and the metaphysics of historically informed performance. His commitment to the music of our own time is negligible and might be considered more of an aversion, honestly. John went to North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University and studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman, and Elizabeth Kenny. He lives in Seattle.


September 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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St. Clement’s Church
1501 32nd Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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2021-2022 Season

Live Meeting COVID Guidelines

Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these regulations and will continue to stay current as the season evolves. If things get better, we may be able to loosen up the current plans. But meanwhile, we ask that Dante members and those from our wider mailing list cooperate with the plans as outlined below. These are also in keeping with the rules provided by St. Clements, our new residence.

1) Mandatory proof of full vaccination is required for anyone attending any live Dante Meeting. This applies to members, presenters, cooks and guests. Please bring a photo or photocopy of your COVID card with you when you come to any meeting. Dante is not set up to offer secure web-site proof, where you can upload a photo, as some workplaces are able to do. Please just bring the photo on your phone or a photocopy of the card with you. We will make the check-in process as streamlined as possible, hopefully needing to screen your proof only once.

2) Obviously – please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.

3) Masks should be worn at all times at meetings except when seated for dining. This roughly follows the current Washington State rules for indoor restaurant dining and is in line with St. Clements current practice. We will have the windows and doors open as possible in our downstairs dining area. Presentations will take place in the upstairs sanctuary where there is more room for seating at distanced intervals. Presenters can unmask for their talks, as they will be distanced from those seated.

4) Those preparing and/or bringing food to meetings: please mask and wash hands in the preparation of food to be shared. Pre-Dante-Pasta chefs will stay masked in the kitchen. For anyone bringing antipasti or desserts: please portion for individual servings; avoid serving common dips, spreads etc. Food (including bread, cookies, etc) will be served with utensils. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that we all use it each time we return to the table.

Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s eliminate COVID contagion together!!!