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      Viva Verdi!

      The Pine Mountain Music Festival is bringing opera to the Rozsa Center in Houghton Thursday night.

      ??Viva Verdi?? will present a collection of Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi??s operas with solos, duets, and ensemble pieces.

      Josh Major, artistic director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, said the mission is educating people in classical music.

      ??We produce live classical music, but we do opera, voice, recitals, chamber music, symphony, and we bring our music to as many communities in the western Upper Peninsula as possible,?? said Major.

      Audiences will experience a dramatic tale of love, sorrow, and infidelity.

      Major said the show has many elements that make it unique.

      "This is not a complete opera; we??re not in sets and costumes, but also it??s not a concert either,?? Major explained. ??We??re giving them a bit of acting, there will be a little movement, so we give them some context and some drama.??

      The Pine Mountain Music Festival is one of the only organizations in the U.P. that produces its own full operas.

      Major said although they did not produce an original this year, he feels the Viva Verdi production hits a high note.

      ??A lot of people want to see an opera,?? Major said. ??So, we??re very excited about this concert, and we will get back to producing full opera. It??s surprising, but there are a lot of people that love opera.??

      Viva Verdi will open Thursday at the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. There will be two more performances Saturday in Iron Mountain and Sunday in Marquette.

      For information about tickets, contact the Rozsa Center box office here.