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A Suggestion for A Live Holiday Broadcast: Bring Back Amahl!


NBC has been making waves with their live musical performances of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan” the last couple of holiday seasons.

So Here & Now’s Robin Young’s former choir director Ron Cohen has a suggestion for next year: revive Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors!”

It was commissioned by NBC and first performed on Christmas Eve in 1951 and became a holiday staple for years. With Ron Cohen, we take a close listen to the music of Menotti’s holiday classic.


  • Ron Cohen,  co-host Robin Young’s former choir director at the John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, Long Island.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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