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Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall comes to life

Date: 2/24/2011

Josée Vachon has been making a name for herself for over twenty-five years and is well known in communities throughout the Northeast. A Québec native transplanted to central Maine as a child, Vachon's traditional and original songs in French are performed with guitar, spoons, clogging, energy and charm. Vachon has recorded 12 solo albums in French, and two with Franco-American folk group Chanterelle. This Franco-American singer/songwriter will bring her warm engaging humor and upbeat rhythms to Francis Hall Recital Hall.

Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff $5
Adult $10
Student (Non AU) $8

Locally, Vachon has appeared with the Reading Pops Orchestra in the orchestra’s 2010 Father’s Day concert and performed twice as part of the Reading Public Museum’s Bagels and Bach series. Later this season, she will serve as a panelist and guest performer in the “Living Past: Franco-American Identity in a Modern World” conference at the University of Maine and engaged in dozens of performances and school outreach activities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

As part of her engagement with Alvernia University, Vachon will perform a special outreach activity at St. Peter’s church in Reading for participants in the University’s South Reading Youth Initiative Program. The program targets disadvantaged youths ages 7-14.  Students participating in the Salvation Army’s after school program have also been invited, for a total of about 100 youths between the two programs.

Call 610.790.1901 for tickets and information, or click here to order tickets online.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.