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Hometown Holiday Featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Location Date and Time
Schuster Center December 2, 2022 7:30 pm
Schuster Center December 3, 2022 7:30 pm

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Beckel Christmas Fanfare
Coleridge-Taylor Christmas Overture
Arr. Wendel Coventry Carol
Ross T'was the night before Christmas (Sung by Alaina Saliba)
Traditional Austrian Carol (arr. Wendel) Still, Still, Still (With the Kettering Children's Choir)
Amundson Rejoice *
Choplin Unto Us a Child is Born *
Whitacre Glow *
Leontovych (arr. McKay and Ames) Carol of the Bells *
Traditional Carols (arr. Wendel) A Merry Christmas Sing-along *

- Intermission -

Amahl and the Night Visitors (50 minutes)
Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti

* With the Community Chorus

About the Program

The Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Opera join forces to present a holiday spectacular that is sure to fill our hearts with the spirit of the season. In the first half of the program, the Dayton Philharmonic performs a selection of seasonal favorites in a festive atmosphere of music and song that will have the Schuster overflowing with holiday happiness.

After intermission, Amahl And The Night Visitors brings to life the story of three mysterious kings who are following a star to bring gifts to a wondrous child in a fully-staged, brand-new production created for Dayton Opera. The three kings stop for rest at the home of Amahl, a shepherd boy who lives in poverty with his mother, and when Amahl offers his own simple gift to the child, a miracle happens. Since its first performance on Christmas Eve 1951, this holiday classic has been performed on every continent in many languages and has been seen by more people than any other opera in history. A heartwarming story of kindness and generosity, it is the perfect first opera – or hundredth!

Featured Artists

Patrick Reynolds, conductor

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Dayton Opera Chorus

Community Chorus

Kettering Children’s Choir, directed by Christina Smith

Alaina Saliba, soprano

Amahl and the Night Visitors Cast

Amahl’s Mother
King Kaspar
King Melchior
King Balthazar
The Page

Production Team

Patrick Reynolds, conductor
Kathleen Clawson, stage director
Lyn Baudendistel, costume designer
Inseung Park, scenic designer
John Resell, resident lighting designer
John Lavarnway, props coordinator
Thomas Venditelli, wig/makeup designer
Cass Brake, wig/makeup designer
Amanda Sheller*, production stage manager

*Denotes Dayton Opera debut


Amahl and the Night Visitors

Dr. Ron Anderson and Robb Sloan Anderson