34th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Children (6-10yrs) $8.00
Children under 5 are free
Elks Lodge Chico
1705 Manzanita Avenue
1pm to 6:30pm
Includes, spaghetti, meatballs, french bread, salad, and ice cream for desert. Coffee and water are provided. Wine is no host.
The Sons and Daughters of Italy present our 1st Annual Italian Festa, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 10am - 6pm in the Chico City Plaza. Please join us for a day of Italian vendors, food, and fun.
Proceeds benefit Butte County Emergency Services.
More info to follow.
If you would like to be a vendor at the event, the cost is $200. Vendors signed up so far are:
Italian Masks from Venice - Patti Denito
Cannoli & Pizelles, - Kevan Johnson
Minestrone Soup & Savory Biscotti - Sue Golson & Charlotte Martinez
Traditional Biscotti - Susanna Roselli
Our first bowling session will be Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 6pm Socializing, 6:30pm games begin.
Vincenzo Bellini, (born November 3, 1801, Catania, Sicily [Italy]—died September 23, 1835, Puteaux, near Paris, France), Italian operatic composer with a gift for creating vocal melody at once pure in style and sensuous in expression. His influence is reflected not only in later operatic compositions, including the early works of Richard Wagner, but also in the instrumental music of Chopin and Liszt.
Born into a family of musicians, Bellini produced his first works while still a student at the Naples Conservatory, where he had been sent by his father, an organist. Bellini gained the patronage of an important impresario, who commissioned Bianca e Fernando for the Naples opera. The success of this early work led to other commissions. Il pirata (1827), written for La Scala, the opera house at Milan, earned him an international reputation. Bellini was fortunate in having as librettist the best Italian theatre poet of the day, Felice Romani, with whom he collaborated in his next six operas. The most important of these were I Capuleti e i Montecchi (1830), based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; La sonnambula (1831; The Sleepwalker); and Norma (1831). La sonnambula, an opera semiseria (serious but with a happy ending), became very popular, even in England, where an English version appeared. Bellini’s masterpiece, Norma, a tragedy set in ancient Gaul, achieved lasting success despite an initial failure.
Bellini lived briefly in London in 1833 and then went to Paris. There, composer Gioachino Rossini’s influence secured for him a commission to write an opera for the Théâtre-Italien. The result was I puritani (1835), the last of Bellini’s nine operas; although handicapped by an inept libretto, it is in many ways his most ambitious and beautiful work.
Bellini’s fame was closely bound up with the bel canto style of the great singers of his day. He was not a reformer; his ideals were those of Haydn and Mozart, and he strove for clarity, elegance of form and melody, and a close union of words and music. Yet with perseverance he corrected some of the grosser abuses of opera then current. While he subordinated the orchestra accompaniment to the singers and placed upon their voices the responsibility for dramatic expression, his harmony was more enterprising than that of his contemporary Gaetano Donizetti, and his handling of the orchestra in introductions and interludes was far from perfunctory. It is, however, for the individual charm and elegance of his luminous vocal melody that Bellini is remembered.
Originally called “Figli d’Italia,” the Order Sons of Italy in America® was established in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City on June 22, 1905, by Vincenzo Sellaro, M.D., and five other Italian immigrants who came to the United States during the great Italian migration (1880-1923). Their aim was to create a support system for all Italian immigrants that would assist them with becoming U.S. citizens, provide health/death benefits and educational opportunities and offer assistance with assimilation in America.
Who Can Join?
Regular members are those of Italian lineage, their spouses, their children and their spouses; widows, widowers, and divorced spouses of current or former members. Social members are those who, because of their national origin, do not qualify as regular members. Social members may participate in social and cultural activities and regular or special meetings of the Lodge.
Benefits of Joining
There are several benefits to becoming a member of our organization. Our members are close friends and we have a great time when we get together. Of course we also have a common interest.
OSIA Member Benefits
All OSIA members receive: