Silent Night: A Soldier’s Humanity and the Impact of WWI

Presented by MN Opera, MinnPost, and University of Minnesota School of Music
Monday, October 29, 7pm
Westminster Hall


This free event will include a panel discussion that explores the intersection of art, war, and humanity throughout Silent Night. Specifically, the opera considers the experience the soldiers encountered during the Christmas Eve truce of WWI. The panelists will discuss the impact of war and what soldiers face when returning to their communities – and how it compares then and now.

Panelists will include Eric Simonson, Stage Director for Silent Night; Christopher Gehrz, Professor of History at Bethel University; Andy Steiner, Writer/Editor for MinnPost; and Paul Riedner, founder of Shadow Culture: Veteran Advocacy in Action. Susan Albright of MinnPost will moderate. Additionally, excerpts of the opera will be performed by U of M School of Music alumna and Silent Night performer, Karin Wolverton.

This event is free, but registration is required. To RSVP click below or call MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, M-F, 10am-5pm.

Event Participants

Karin Wolverton

Susan Albright

Andy Steiner

Eric Simonson

Christopher Gehrz

Paul Riedner

Location & Parking

Westminster Hall
1200 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Free parking is available for event attendees in the underground Westminster Parking Garage. Entrance to the parking structure is off Alice Rainville Place (13th St) between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. Access Alice Rainville Place from the south via Marquette Avenue or Nicollet Mall.


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