Amahl and the Night Visitors

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 | 7:30pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 | 7:30pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 | 2:00pm

XAVIER UNIVERSITY, AVONDALE
Parking Drive Entrance: 1452 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

“A delightful experience!”
“First rate in every way – appeals to all.”
“The highlight of the holiday season!”
– Amahl patrons

Music, mischief, and miracles combine in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas chamber opera Amahl and the Night Visitors – the tale of the shepherd boy Amahl, his mother, and their miraculous, life-changing encounter with the Three Wise Men.

Opera singers, Pones Inc. dancers, Madcap Puppets, a full choir and the CCO combine in a performance that is the first of its kind, appealing to all ages!

Join us at Xavier University’s Gallagher Center Theater for this 50-minute chamber opera that has taken its place as a holiday must-see in the Queen City.

Original conception and staging by Irina Niculescu. New staging by Madcap.

Tom Merrill, conductor
Shiloh Roby, assistant conductor
Dylan Shelton, director
David Fichter, production design
Original conception and staging by Irina Niculescu. New staging by Madcap.

Cast:
– Mischa Sella, Amahl*
– Thomas Stricker, Amahl Understudy*
– Maria Miller, Mother
– M. Andrew Jones, Kaspar
– Thomas Dreeze, Melchior
– Kenneth Shaw, Balthazar
– K. Michael Young, The Page

* Appears courtesy of the Cincinnati Boychoir.

Madcap Puppets, puppetry
– Mel Hatch Douglas, Kaspar
– Nathan Neorr, Melchior
– Jeff Miller, Balthazar
– Chris Douglas, shadow puppetry
– Kate Stark, Dancing Page

Pones Inc., dancers
– Ian Timothy Forsgren, man
– Ashley Olivia Morton, woman
– David Choate, pig rider and shadow puppeteer
– Kim Popa, baby and choreographer

Combined Choir
– Xavier and Miami University alumni

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI: Amahl and the Night Visitors | More Info | YouTube (Original 1951 NBC-TV recording)

Approximately 1 hour


TICKETS

Adults | $30
Children/Students | $10

BRINGING A LARGE GROUP?

Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call the CCO box office to learn more at 513.723.1182.


A STAR LEADS THE WAY!

The role of Amahl has launched the careers of many young singers, including Cincinnati’s own G. James Sammarco, who understudied for the part in the original 1951 production. The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra recognizes the importance of support to the next generation of young singers and budding musicians. Together with Dr. Sammarco and his wife Ruthann, we have created a scholarship to fund the musical training of our production’s title character. With your participation, we can help tonight’s young star develop as an artist and as a person. Please join us today!

Make a donation of just $20 (or more!) at any Amahl show December 21-23 at Xavier University and as a small token of thanks, you will receive a beautiful, glittering star ornament to adorn your tree (while supplies last)!

Can’t attend the show, but would still like to support the Amahl Scholarship? Please call Lyndsay Coleman at 513.723.1182 x101.

Tom Merrill, conductor

Director: Dylan Shelton, Madcap Puppets

Amahl: Beyond the Stage

LEARN ABOUT THE MAKING OF AMAHL!

Join one of the first Amahls, Dr. G James Sammarco, at 6:45pm on the 21st and 22nd in the Gallagher Center second floor lounge as he shares tales about the original 1951 production.

MEET THE KINGS!

Stick around after each performance for a Q&A session with a puppeteer, Amahl and the Mother vocalists, the director, the conductor and a CCO musician!

CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT OUR OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION!

Enjoy snacks and punch as you mingle with the artists in the lobby immediately following the program.

MAKE A KING BOBBLEHEAD!

Build your own puppet masterpiece on Saturday, December 22nd before the show! From 6-7pm in the Gallagher Center Black Box Theater, we will be building fun and colorful bobblehead King puppets! Open to kids 5-11 years old. Each child who attends the workshop will receive one free admission to the Saturday evening performance. Reservation required. Spots are limited! Contact the CCO box office at 513.723.1182×102 to reserve your seat.

SNEAK PEEK

Check out some images and an audio clip from a previous production of Amahl & the Night Visitors.

EVENT SPONSORS

A Friend of the CCO

Christopher & Jeanne Ziegel Barnes

Founders and supporters of Amahl and the
G. James & Ruthann Sammarco Amahl Scholarship Fund

G. James & Ruthann Sammarco

The Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation

The William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Other organizations TBA.

Parking Drive Entrance: 1452 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Xavier University Gallagher Center Theatre

Parking Drive Entrance: 1452 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207

PARKING
  • Campus Parking: We have arranged for free campus parking during our programs. Please feel free to park in any of the lots except where noted for faculty only and you will not be towed or ticketed.
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Hourly Schedule

7:30pm - 8:30pm
Amahl #1
December 21, 2018 | 7:30pm
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Amahl #2
December 22, 2018 | 7:30pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Amahl #3
December 23, 2018 | 2:00pm

Date

Dec 21 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Time

There are three performances. See event listing for details.
07:30 PM - 03:00 PM

More Info

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Xavier University Gallagher Center Theatre

Location

Xavier University Gallagher Center Theatre
Avondale