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WNY native Michael Christie conducting Xmas opera on PBS

Silentnight

By Mary Kunz Goldman

Conductor Michael Christie, who grew up near the airport, went to Oberlin College and has been music director of a number of orchestras around the country, is making a high-profile appearance on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He can be seen on PBS, conducting the Minnesota Opera's production of Kevin Puts' "Silent Night."

"Silent Night" is an opera based on the movie "Joyeux Noel," which was based on a true story from World War I -- when on Christmas Eve, up and down the Belgian border, German troops initiated a Christmas truce. The British troops reciprocated and the result was a miraculous, if temporary, lull in the fighting, as soldiers who were enemies only minutes before shared gifts, treats and camaraderie.

The opera, which has been praised by critics, will be broadcast on PBS on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 11:30 p.m. 

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