Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2002

Acclaimed Whitworth Choir to Perform with the Cathedral Concert Orchestra

WHAT: The Whitworth Choir and the Cathedral Concert Orchestra, comprising professional musicians from the Spokane area, will perform in concert as part of The Cathedral and The Arts series at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane. The Cathedral and The Arts Association is a secular organization that provides and coordinates an annual concerts series as well as other events that take place in St. John's Cathedral. S. Bryan Priddy, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at Whitworth, will conduct the concert. This spring program will be Priddy's last Spokane concert before he takes his new position in Atlanta as director of music ministries at Peachtree Presbyterian, the largest Presbyterian church in North America.

For the concert at St. John's Cathedral, Priddy has designed a program that includes pieces reflecting on life's sorrows, dances and joys. Selections will include Herbert Howells' Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, a piece commissioned in 1964 after the death of President John F. Kennedy, and the Spokane premiere of Jubilate Deo, an a capella setting of Psalm 100 by composer and Whitworth Music Professor Emeritus Michael Young. The evening will conclude with Mozart's Requiem, including solos by Whitworth alumni Cynthia Kirkman (soprano), '91, Angela Hunt (alto), '02, Joel Rinsema (tenor), '92, and James Newman (bass-baritone), '98.

The Whitworth Choir performed at the 2002 Northwestern Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention in Tacoma, Wash., in March, and recently released its fifth CD, "Gloria."

This performance is underwritten by the Wasmer Foundation.

WHEN: Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: St. John's Cathedral, Grand Boulevard at 12th Avenue in Spokane

TICKETS: Tickets are $16 for general admission. Seniors and students are $12 and children 12 and under are $8. Tickets are available through G&B Select-A-Seat outlets or by telephone at 325-SEAT (1-800-325-SEAT outside of Spokane). Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketswest.com. Cathedral concerts often sell out, so advance purchase is encouraged. If available, unsold tickets will be placed on sale at the door one hour prior to the concert.


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

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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