Monday, May 20, 2024

A symphony performs Sept. 13 for the opening of the Puccini Museum in Lucca, Italy, birthplace of renowned opera composer Giacomo Puccini. The local Associazione Lucchesi Nel Mondo chapter is holding an event Saturday in Cambridge.

Sure, the great Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri was from Florence, not Lucca, and Lucca fought a war against Florence. But Dante would undoubtedly be fine that his namesake Dante Alighieri Society Hall, 41 Hampshire St., Area IV, is hosting a dinner dance Saturday for the local chapter of The Associazione Lucchesi Nel Mondo, which celebrates the culture, cuisine and history of the Tuscan province and Lucca specifically and provides social connections for Lucchesi throughout the world.

After all, he spent a few years in exile in Lucca back in the 14th century. Some of the great families of the city even appear in his “Inferno” — Alessio Interminei is stuck in the eighth circle of hell, for instance, being punished for fraud and flattery.

And now you have something to talk about when you attend the event. (Renowned opera composer Giacomo Puccini was also born in Lucca.)

It takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. at the hall, with tickets costing $60 for nonmembers or $50 for members for food, music and wine — all presumably Italian. For information or tickets, call (781) 729-8721 or send e-mail here.

There are some 80 chapters of The Associazione Lucchesi Nel Mondo on six continents, organizers said. The local chapter was founded just last year.