David Mariani and Schola Cantorum Lend Talents to Museum Event

By November 3, 2020Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 3, 2020) Los Altos History Museum goes online for its annual “Catch the Spirit” event slated for Wed, Nov 18th at 1pm. Local author David Mariani will share stories from his book, “Poverty of Affluence,” which traces the history of Santa Clara Valley. Following the talk, choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will join up with Lyric Theatre for virtual caroling at 2pm.

Poverty o f Affluence” follows the immigrant journey of the Mariani family, who settled in Santa Clara Valley and built an internationally successful fruit growing enterprise and became the first to develop fresh, ready-to-eat dried fruit in clear packaging. The author weaves stories of the transformation of the Santa Clara Valley from fruit basket of the world to leading edge of technology.

“It’s a story peopled not only by my family but by the major influencers such as David Packard, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Wozniak, Andy Grove, Gene Amdahl with whom we crossed paths,” wrote David Mariani. “Specifically, it is the story of the origins and fulfillment of the entrepreneurial spirit that defined Silicon Valley and continues to nurture its growth.”

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley, a 75-vocal group choir under the baton of Buddy James, continues to make music during the pandemic by joining choirs virtually, currently rehearsing for Schola Around the World. “We feel it is so important for non-profits to support each other during these difficult times until we can all gather again in person,” said Executive Director Dan Morris.

Lyric Theatre of San Jose has performed operetta and musicals in San Jose since 1972, and now streams fully staged productions of classic light operas for free.

All attendees to “Catch the Spirit” will receive a free “goodie bag” to be picked up at the Museum by Nov 29th during store hours, Thurs-Sun, 1-3pm. David Mariani will be on hand to sign copies of his book at the Museum, Saturday, Nov 21th from 1–2pm. His books are available for sale in the Museum’s gift shop as well as its online store.

The Los Altos History Museum’s gift shop, which organized this event, directly supports the programming at the Museum through its all-volunteer efforts. Special seasonal items will be on sale at 50% off.

The event is free, but registration is required at losaltoshistory.org/CatchTheSpirit2020

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The indoor Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The J. Gilbert Smith House remains closed. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information visit losaltoshistory.org or email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact: Marketing@losaltoshistory.org

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org

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