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James O. Welsch, music director for Liverpool First United Methodist Church, looks at music for "Amahl and the Night Visitors" with Eileen Brody, music director for St. Joseph the Worker Church. The two churches are teaming up to present the opera to the community as a gift for Advent.

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Two Liverpool churches to stage Christmas opera

Two area churches have joined forces to put on a classic Christmas story as an Advent gift to the community. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells the story of three kings, a widowed mother, and her crippled son, who gives his only possession, his crutch, to the Christ child and is healed on the first Christmas. The one-hour opera, penned by Gian Carlo Menotti, was first produced for NBC Television Theater on Christmas Eve 1951. Now it’s being brought to the Liverpool community by St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church and Liverpool First United Methodist Church.

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