PITTSBURGH, PA — RESONANCE WORKS announces the return of its beloved holiday tradition, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors , reimaginedin a brand new production at a new venue: the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland. Paired with beautiful contrasting works by Handel, Debussy, and Vivaldi , thisunique program will delight and inspire the entire family. This year’s production continues Resonance Works’ partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Departmentof Theatre Arts, and launches new partnerships with the voice department of Slippery Rock University, as well as the W omen’s Center & Shelter of GreaterPittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank . Performances are Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm.
Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of an imaginative, disabled young boy and his hardworking single mother struggling to get by. When Amahl opens thedoor to three mysterious strangers on their way to Bethlehem, all of their lives are changed forever! Filled with humor, generosity, and hope, this timeless story remindsus all of the precious, unshakeable optimism of a child. Resonance Works is the only professional performing arts organization in Pittsburgh to produce Menotti’sheartwarming holiday classic, which was the first opera written for television (premiering on NBC on Christmas Eve in 1951.)
Starring in the title role of Amahl is Liam McCarthy , Aspinwall native and 8th grader at Sacred Heart Elementary School. Most recently seen as Miles in OperaColumbus’s production of Turn of the Screw (2017), McCarthy, a 7-year member of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, has also appeared with the Pittsburgh Opera, PittsburghSymphony Orchestra, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz (Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera) makes her Resonance Works debut in the role of Amahl’s Mother. Playing the Three Kings are tenor Andrew Maughan (Santa Fe Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux), bass-baritone AndrewAdelsberger (Ash Lawn Opera, Annapolis Opera), and bass Jonathan Stuckey (Cleveland Opera Theatre, Opera Western Reserve). Resonance Works’ Artistic &General Director Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct.
Stage director Craig Joseph , who most recently directed Resonance Works’ production of Side by Side by Sondheim , returns to spearhead this new production. “Iremember going to see a local production of Amahl and the Night Visitors several times when I was a child,” Joseph recalls. “Now, as an adult, it strikes me that, inaddition to the miracle of the Christ child’s birth, the story is also about the miracle
of a child’s imagination: how Amahl begins to dream about and actualize a better world in which he and his mother can live. Over the course of the story, what he believesbecomes reality –a second miraculous incarnation. It’s this transformation I hope to capture in our upcoming production.”
The first half of this year’s program features instrumental soloists from the company’s flagship ensemble, the Resonance Chamber Orchestra . Harpist MarissaKnaub Avon is featured in Debussy’s Dances Sacrée et Profane for harp and strings. Bassoonist Andrew Genemans , who just won a position with the Grand RapidsSymphony, will perform Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in E minor. The performance will open with Handel’s exuberant Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Samson.
Resonance Works is also proud to connect this production to important causes in the Pittsburgh region. This holiday season, the company will partner with both the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank . Volunteers will be on hand before and after eachperformance to collect both non-perishable food items and other essential needs for these organizations. “We hope that when people come to our Amahl this year, theywill also take the opportunity to help our neighbors in need this holiday season,” says Artistic and General Director Maria Sensi Sellner.
This production also launches a new collaboration with the voice department at Slippery Rock University and Dr. Christopher Scott. Students in SRU’s voicedepartment will understudy the roles in Amahl , gaining invaluable professional experience, and will have the opportunity to star in their own performance with theResonance Chamber Orchestra on December 16th at 7:30 pm at Slippery Rock United Methodist Church. The Slippery Rock Chamber Singers will serve as the chorus forall of the performances.
For the first time, Resonance Works is offering reserved seating for performances at the Charity Randall Theatre. Tickets are available online at resonanceworks.org orat (412) 501-3330 and start at just $9 . Group rates are available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Resonance Works | Pittsburgh
Resonance Works is a multi-modal, artist-led performing arts company that showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musicaltheater – often on the same program. Featuring repertoire that is championed by its artists and themes that resonate with the current climate, Resonance Works connectsthe arts to today’s audience. Founded in 2013, the company has quickly become an important part of the professional arts ecosystem in Pittsburgh, and is committed tomaintaining a rich and vibrant community of professional musicians in the region. Dedicated to meaningful collaborations with other local organizations and artists, thecompany regularly features dance, visual media, and spoken word in unique venues that heighten the performance experience for both artist and audience.
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