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WCSU Stages 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' In Danbury

"Amahl And The Night Visitors" will take the stage at Ives Concert Hall at Western Connecticut State University's Midtown campus in Danbury this weekend.
"Amahl And The Night Visitors" will take the stage at Ives Concert Hall at Western Connecticut State University's Midtown campus in Danbury this weekend. Photo Credit: Ives Concert Hall on Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut State University Opera will present the holiday classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in two performances Friday in Danbury.

This year’s presentation will mark the 21st annual WCSU Opera production of the English-language opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, originally commissioned for broadcast on the NBC television network in December 1951.

The opera, which runs about 50 minutes, tells the story of an impoverished and crippled shepherd boy’s encounter with the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem and the heartwarming outcome of their chance meeting.

Margaret Astrup, WCSU professor of music, is the director and producer for the opera, which will feature a different cast of student and community performers for each of the two presentations.

General admission tickets are $10; $5 for senior citizens and children younger than 12. Advance reservations may be made online or call 203-837-TIXX.

Tickets also will be sold at the door.

The performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury.

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