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The magic of the Magi continues

"Amahl and the Night Visitors," written for 1950s TV, is one of the sweetest treats of the Christmas season. The one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti tells of a little disabled shepherd boy who opens the door one night to behold the Three Kings, on their way to worship the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. He and his mother welcome the Kings inside, and end up experiencing a Christmas miracle.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is making it an annual tradition to perform "Amahl" for Epiphany, the feast that marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. The church's third annual performance, taking place Jan. 5 through 7, features a chamber orchestra, period costumes, and what the church promises are lavishly designed sets. Returning from last year’s performances in the role of the Mother is Rochester native Jessica Best, and reprising his role as Amahl is Ian Torres, a 13-year-old student from Buffalo City Honors.

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Ave.). Admission is $20, children $10. Tickets are available at the door. For info, visit

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