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SFA School of Music to perform classic Christmas opera

November 25, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich
The SFA School of Music will present "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Performing key roles in a past performance are, from left, Garry Leonberger as King Kaspar and Cameron LaGraff as Amahl.
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

All ages will delight in this classic Christmas opera about a poor widow and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the Three Kings as they follow a mysterious star.

Central Heights middle school student Aidan LaGraff, son of Kimberly and Scott LaGraff, and SFA Charter School student Noble Peck, son of Michele and Adam Peck, will alternate in the title role of Amahl.

SFA student performers will include Springtown senior Sarah Jo Martin and Conroe junior Jacqueline Skinner alternating in the role of the mother; Houston senior Toby Otorubio and Greencastle, Pa., graduate student Justin Dunkle alternating in the role of Kaspar; Houston senior Cairee Mayfield and El Paso senior Juan Garza alternating in the role of Melchior; Houston senior Brenton Mattox as Balthazzar; and Baytown junior Zachary Newman as The Page. Dancers are Angela Jones and Adrian Lopez.

The 45-minute opera is performed in English and is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series. Katie Parr of the Gobel Dance Studio will serve as choreographer.

Tickets for the Thursday night performance are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and youth. Tickets for the Friday morning performance are $6 for individuals and $5 each for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.