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Carnegie Museums to offer variety of holiday programs

December 9, 2010
From staff reports

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will offer a variety of special programs, including the presepio, holiday trees, a family sing-along and holiday camps.

The Neapolitan presepio, which has been displayed annually since 1957, will be on display through Jan. 6.

Handcrafted by artisans between 1700 and 1830, the presepio features figures and details that re-create the nativity within a panorama of 18th century Italian village life.

More than 100 human and angelic figures, along with animals, accessories and architectural elements, cover a 250-square-foot area and create a memorable depiction of the nativity as seen through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors.

Guided tours will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Five 20-foot Colorado spruce trees line the Hall of Architecture, each with ornaments that celebrate the muses that inspire art, culture and science. They will remain on display until Jan. 6.

A family holiday sing-a-long will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hall of Architecture. Singer/songwriter Frank Cappelli will lead a sing-a-long of seasonal tunes. Cappelli is best known for his television show "Cappelli & Co.," which aired on Nickelodeon. He is an Emmy-award winning artist.

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