Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 14, 2004

Whitworth Choir to Appear on National PBS Television Program, Website

The Whitworth Choir performing a portion of its December Christmas concert, Magnificat - We Magnify the Lord, will appear on the national television newsmagazine series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. The program, which will explore how Protestants' views of the Virgin Mary are changing, is scheduled to air on PBS stations nationwide the weekend of Dec. 17-19.

The program will air locally on KWSU-TV (channel 10-broadcast) and on channel 18 Comcast Cable on Sunday morning, Dec. 19, at 7 a.m., with repeats on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. (December 19) and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. (December 22).

An extended excerpt of the choir's performance will also be posted on the series' website. To view the story online and listen to a longer excerpt of the Whitworth Choir's Magnificat performance, visit www.pbs.org/religion on or after Dec. 17.

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly is devoted to news of religion, spirituality and major ethical issues. Its upcoming program including the Whitworth Choir, and possibly commentary by choir director Marc A. Hafso, will explore how beliefs about Jesus' mother, Mary, vary between Roman Catholics and Protestants, and how the Protestant Church's historical view of Mary is changing today.

The Magnificat, also called the Canticle of Mary, is recorded in the Gospel of Luke. It is the Virgin Mary's prayer in response to the Angel Gabriel's announcement to her that she will become the mother of the Son of God. The Magnificat is traditionally sung as a Latin hymn and has been featured in compositions by musicians throughout Christian history, most notably in J.S. Bach's Magnificat, which he composed in 1725 to be performed at Vespers on Christmas Day.

In its annual Christmas festival concert the Whitworth Choir, featuring senior soloist Lindsay Delmarter, sang composer Jean Berger's Magnificat in Latin. The 2004 Whitworth Festival Concert took place Dec. 4 at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue; Dec. 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, where the filming for PBS took place; and Dec. 10 and 11 at First Presbyterian Church, in Spokane.

The acclaimed Whitworth Choir is considered one of the premiere collegiate choirs in the Northwest, and 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, and has released its fifth CD, Gloria.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


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

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