Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 1, 1999

Christmas Festival Concert a Celebration of International Cultures and Traditions

Voices around the world have told the story of Christ's birth through narrative and song for two thousand years. In keeping with this age-old tradition, Whitworth College presents its annual Christmas Festival Concert, "Voices Resound," which will incorporate a variety of languages, cultural traditions and musical styles to celebrate Christ's birth with a global perspective.

The Christmas Festival Concert will feature the award-winning Whitworth Choir, led by Director of Choral Activities Bryan Priddy. In addition to singing classic Christmas hymns, the choir will perform selections from Russia, Haiti, Brazil and South Africa. The choir will also perform music in the styles of Jewish dance and "funk" gospel.

"Voices Resound" will include performances by the Whitworth Chamber Singers, as well as the women's choir, brass quintet, handbell choir and two harpists. Liturgist Pat Stien, associate professor emeritus of theatre at Whitworth, will narrate the concert with scripture readings and poems of Christ's birth from various cultures.

Prior to performing "Voices Resound" in Spokane, the ensemble of 120 musicians will present the Christmas Festival Concert in Bellevue, Tacoma and Seattle.

The Whitworth Choir, considered one of the premiere collegiate choirs in the Northwest, has performed with the Spokane Symphony and Chorale. The choir is frequently selected to perform at conventions for the American Choral Directors Association, the Washington Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference.

The choir recently released "My Song in the Night," a CD featuring sacred music that was performed during the choir's 1999 spring tour to Southern Calif. Also on CD is Montage Musicale, which includes the Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, with accompaniment by members of the Spokane Symphony. Both CDs will be available to purchase at the concert. CDs by the college's wind ensemble and award-winning jazz band will be available as well.

The Whitworth College Christmas Festival Concert will take place Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. Admission is $10. Tickets are available through G&B Select-a-Seat at (509) 325-SEAT or through the Whitworth College Music Department at (509) 777-3280.

Contacts:

S. Bryan Priddy, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4589.

Florence Young, fine arts coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3799.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.

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