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Talent with local connections lends voice to opera


THE CHOIR of St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park in Baltimore is using talent with Annapolis connections to stage the Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

The night visitors in the title are the kings who visit baby Jesus on Christmas. Composer Gian Carlo Menotti wrote the opera -- the first written for television -- in 1951 for NBC, which aired it on Christmas Eve.

Robert Cantrell, who sang the part of Escamillo in last year's Annapolis Opera production of "Carmen," will sing the part of King Balthazar in the St. David's production of "Amahl."

Laura Hewitt Zuiderveen, a mezzo-soprano from Finksburg, will sing the part of Mary. She recently appeared as Katisha in Annapolis Opera's production of "The Mikado."

The set was designed and built by Ted Hendricks, based on the set he created for a 1986 production of "Amahl" by the Annapolis Opera, which has rented the costumes.

The church has invited the children of La Iglesia de los Tres Santos Reyes to attend the opera for free, and the church welcomes sponsorships for them. Los Tres Santos Reyes is an Episcopal mission in Canton that ministers to the Hispanic community. Church officials thought children who attend a mission named for The Three Kings would have an interest in attending an opera about the kings.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 at the church, 4700 Roland Ave. in Baltimore. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $16 at the door and $8 for students.

Information: 410-889-3685.

Tree-decorating party

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is holding a tree-decorating party for children from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 Shady Side Road in Shady Side.

Girl Scouts and pupils at Shady Side Elementary School are making ornaments to deck the tree. Santa Claus will hear Christmas wishes.

There will be Christmas stories for the children, and refreshments. The Centenary Church Rainbow Ringers and local resident Aaron Johnson will provide music.

The event is free and open to everyone. Information: 301- 261-5234.

Holiday craft fair

For another holiday bazaar, visit the annual holiday craft fair at Anne Arundel Community College sponsored by the Student Association and Health Services Office.

Items -- including jewelry, crafts, paintings and baked goods -- will be sold from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the school's cafeteria.

Information: 410-541-2480.

Around the world

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will show its Christmas spirit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with an "Around the World" celebration.

There will be games, stories, crafts, a visit from Santa and refreshments.

The program costs $6 per child. Registration is required.

Information: 410-626-7800.

Pub Date: 11/30/98

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