Facchine To Present Historic Introduction To Opera

April 05, 2009 at 9:43 PM

            Opera will be a first time topic for a presentation at the DuBois Area Historical Society in April. Society President Evo Facchine will present “An Historic Introduction to Opera” on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 27 West Long Ave., DuBois. The program is free and open to the public. The program date is a change from the announced program schedule for the year.

            “My brother was wounded in World War II and spent time in a hospital, where he listened to classical music and opera,” said Facchine about his interest in this fine art. “When he came home he brought that interest in opera to me.”

            Facchine will provide and introduction to opera and provide information on opera’s history in DuBois, such as presentations of “Il Travitore” at the Avenue Theatre. He will give an introduction to the stories of several operas and show video performances of famous and popular arias.

            Eleven members and guests attended the February meeting of the DuBois Historical Society. Don Hanzely, owner of Hanzely’s Nursery and Garden Center in DuBois, spoke about “Hanzely Farms From Fur to Foliage.” Hanzely will highlight the growth and change in his family’s business over the last 60 years.

           Upcoming programs include:

           May 28 – Speaker program, Galen Kilmer, “DuBois High School Local History Projects,” E.D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, 7:30 p.m.

           June 6 – First Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk revisited, programs at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, and 5 p.m. walk.

           September 12 – Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Open House, E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34, W. Long Ave., DuBois, 10 a.m. Special guest, author P. J. Piccirillo.

           October 17 – Second Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk, leaving from the E.D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, 6:30 p.m.

           November 7 – Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, Speaker, Julie Stewart, “Downtown DuBois Then and Now.” Details TBA.

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