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Joseph’s Gift, A Christmas Opera

Music at St. Matthew’s presents the world premiere of Joseph’s Gift A Christmas Chamber Opera by Evanston Composer Francis L. Lynch and Librettists Francis L. Lynch and Doris J. Reeser

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Joseph’s Gift is a retelling of the story of Christ’s nativity from the viewpoint of the forgotten man, Joseph.

The opera runs approximately 80 minutes with no intermission and is sung in English with supertitles. There are 30 singers and a 20-piece, professional orchestra. This reverent and family-friendly view of Joseph’s role in the Christmas story is appropriate for all (ages six and up).

“Francis Lynch has created a beautiful work in Joseph's Gift that will make you laugh one minute and cry the next,” said James Janssen, Music Director of the production. “Its tender moments of devotion and affection followed by celebratory choruses of shepherds and angels will have you bursting with Christmas joy!”

Tickets range in price from $25 to $50 for adults and $15 for students 12 years and under. Tickets may be purchased at www.josephsgiftopera.org, by emailing info@josephsgiftopera.org, or by calling 847-869-9447. Group sales are available.

"I decided to write something about Joseph, because I wanted to bring him out of the shadows of the Nativity and focus on the humanity of this quiet but important figure,” said Lynch, the Producer of Joseph’s Gift, who also composed the music and co-wrote the libretto. “I chose the medium of opera, because I wanted to infuse the story with music, and to use the emotional power of singing voices to express the mystery and the joy of the story.”

In addition to Janssen and Lynch, members of the Joseph’s Gift’s production team include Sally Craige Christensen (stage director) and Mark Crayton (production coordinator).

The production is sponsored by Sheet Music Back in Print Inc. and an anonymous donor. 

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