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Performing Arts and Speaker Series

Holiday Showcase in Music and Dance

Image of the showcase posterTime: December 10, 2006, 4pm

Location: Music Building Concert Hall

TICKETS: General Admission $12; Students with I.D. $6

Drawing on the remarkable talents of the Department of Music's faculty and students, the Holiday Showcase will feature Christmas and Hanukkah music with which to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. This concert will feature music from America and around the world, including vocal solos, choral ensembles, instrumental ensembles, and a guest appearance by CWU's dance troupe "Orchesis." In the second half of the program, the music department will present, for the first time on Central's Music Building Concert Hall stage, Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved classic Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. The Amahl Story - Amahl and the Night Visitors tells a simple tale of Amahl, a shepherd boy with a crippled leg and a penchant for exaggerating, and his mother. One night, the Three Kings, on their star-led way to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn Christ child, stop for shelter at the dilapidated hut where Amahl and his mother live. What ensues is a story of envy, forgiveness, and healing that has become a heart- warming Christmas classic.

About Gian Carlo Menotti - Menotii was born July 7, 1911, in Cadegliano, Italy. At the age of seven, under the guidance of his mother, he began to compose songs. Four years later, Menotti composed his first opera, The Death of Pierrot. In 1923, he began his formal training at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Following the death of his father, his mother took him to the United States where, at the age of seventeen, he was enrolled at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. By far, Menotti's best-known work is Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act Christmas opera composed for NBC-TV in 1951. In 1984, Menotti was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in the arts.