From left, 11-year-old Matthew Goodheart, playing Amahl; Hilerie Klein-Rensi, playing his mother, and the Three Wise Men: Heepyoung Oh, as Balthazar, Brister Hay as Kaspar, and Charles Hyland, as Melchior, star in "Amahl and the Night Visitors," which will be presented at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Music Department to offer sounds of the season
December 1, 2011Tweet
Dual delights of the season are in store on Sunday, Dec. 4, as the Binghamton University’s Music Department presents an afternoon of holiday music with two special concert events in the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts.
At 3 p.m., the University Symphony, the Wind Symphony as well as the Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus, will present a Holiday Sing-A-Long Concert. The hour-long program of seasonal favorites will conclude with an audience sing-a-long of Hanukah and Christmas melodies in Osterhout Concert Theater. Ticketholders are also entitled to attend either performance of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s classic one-hour holiday opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” presented at 1:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. Produced with the help of the Tri-Cities Opera, graduate and undergraduate Binghamton University opera students will bring to life the heart-warming tale of a single mother, a crippled boy and the miraculous visit of three traveling kings.
“Holiday concerts, especially those where the audience gets to participate in a sing-a-long, are one of the most uplifting and enduring of holiday traditions,” Orchestra Director Timothy Perry said. “They reflect the variety of the many things we celebrate this time of year, with music for the season of the winter solstice, as well as the abundance of glorious melodies associated with both the Hanukah and Christmas holidays. To hear old favorites connects us to a rich web of memories of friends and family, extending back to our own childhoods. To raise our voices together in song – whether our own tradition or another’s – and whether your voice is an operatic marvel or resembles a goose with a head cold – singing together this time of year is therapy for the soul, a powerful expression of our human community, our shared purpose, and our enduring hopes.”
The “Amahl and the Night Visitors” performances will be conducted by Zachary Nobile Kampler, with stage director Thomas Goodheart, chorus master John Isenberg and assistant director Christina Kompar. The cast will include Matthew Goodheart as Amahl, Hilerie Klein-Rensi as his mother, Richard Leonberger as King Kaspar, Charles Hyland as King Melchoir, Heepyoung Oh as King Balthazar, Brister Hay as the Page and Jana Kucera as the dancing shepherd. The chorus will include: Christina Kompar, Kathleen Jasinskas, Meghan Çakalli, Kerianna Krebushevski, Molly Adams-Toomey, Christina Santa Maria, Caitlyn Gotimer, Kaitlyn Mulligan, Kimberly Torres, Eun hwan Bae, David Schwartz, Daniel Romberger, Casey Tombs, David DeMoya and Johnny Only.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors was first seen by American audiences as a made for TV opera in 1951,” Thomas Goodheart said. “Composer Gian-Carlo Menotti draws us into the story with soaring melodies and a keen sense of humanity. The universal themes of hope in the face of despair, spiritual searching, transformation and healing still resonate with contemporary audiences.”
Tickets, which will admit the holder to both family-friendly events, are $10 for adults and $6 for faculty, staff, and seniors and $3 for students and children 12 and under. When ordering tickets, specify which Amahl performance you wish to attend. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays by calling (607) 777-ARTS, online at http://anderson.binghamton.edu, or at the door.