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herfirstAmahl

Her first Amahl, Berkeley, CA.

Auntie and Mama flank her as they sing Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the family’s holiday staple, with Grampy on the keyboards. Though she’s adored it for years, this time, the girlie is reading the words herself, and finding them in the score, staff after staff.  A Christmas miracle, indeed.

(Wee sliver, here, of Amahl’s sweet song to his mother — it was commissioned by NBC and premiered in the television broadcast from which that wee sliver is sliced.)