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Fall Arts Celebration Holiday Gift: 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

Fall Arts Celebration Holiday Gift: 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

Monday, December 3, 2012
8:00 PM

Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids

Fall Arts Celebration, Music & Dance

One of the most popular works ever written for the American stage, Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," was also the first opera composed specifically for U. S. network television. Originally broadcast December 24, 1951 on NBC, the beloved Christmas special quickly became an annual holiday tradition.

Fall Arts Celebration 2012 concludes with this holiday gift to the community, performed at Fountain Street Church. The program brings together Grand Valley faculty members, students and guest artists to present a grand revival performance of this timeless story set to Menotti's finest music, too-rarely performed today.

The story tells how a crippled, young shepherd boy's life changes forever when he sees an amazing star "as big as a window." Three foreign kings following the star, in search of a wondrous child, encounter Amahl and his mother. The result is a Christmas miracle.

All Fall Arts Celebration events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit, call (616) 331-2180.

Grand Valley State University thanks the following sponsors for their commitment to the arts and their generous support of Fall Arts Celebration 2012: Ginny Gearhart and the Gearhart Family, Liesel and Hank Meijer, Elaine and Larry Shay, Judy and Peter Theune, John R. Hunting, Allendale Greatest Needs Fund of the Allendale Community Foundation, and Media Sponsor WOOD 106.9 FM & 1300 AM.