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Spend Sunday afternoon at Manchester!

Symphony Day buffet:  seatings at noon and 1 p.m.

$9.99 plus tax   Reservations:  982-5289

Meet the Artist: Penny French-Deal

Noon to 3 p.m.    Gallery G, upper College Union

Manchester Symphony, soloists,

College choirs unite in Dec. 6

concert, “Holiday with the Americans”

The considerable talents of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the A Cappella Choir and Cantabile women's chorus of Manchester College, and several soloists from near and afar will unite in a holiday performance Sunday, Dec. 6.

As a special treat, the free event includes a concert version of the brief opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. Reservations are not necessary.

Also on the program are MSO performances of A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson and three songs from Home Alone by John Williams.

MSO Conductor Scott Humphries envisions even more collaborations with community, College and visiting artists. Celebrating its 71st season, the 50-member community orchestra presents four concerts annually, supported by Manchester Symphony Society donations and Manchester College.

The A Cappella Choir is well-traveled, twice performing at Carnegie Hall, and also in the cathedrals of Italy, including in the Vatican. Dr. Debra Lynn, chair of the Department of Music, will conduct the opera performance.

Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti is about a visit by the Magi to the hut of a crippled child (Amahl) and his mother.

Soloists include: sixth-grader Coleson Baker (Amahl) of Lincoln Elementary  School in Warsaw, Ind.; Denise Ritter Bernardini (Amahl’s mother), an award-winning performer touring Indiana, Louisiana and Oklahoma; David Moan ’09 (Melchior), adjunct music instructor for the College; James Hutchings ’05 (Kaspar), coordinator of music and choral director for Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill.; Richard Christ (Balthazar) of Harrisburg, Pa., with an extensive musical career in opera, oratorio and concert;  and Zachary Blatz (Page), a Manchester College senior chemistry major from Wabash, Ind.

For more about Manchester Symphony Orchestra, visit or contact Conductor Scott Humphries at 260-982-5331.  

November 2009

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