Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 21, 2005

Whitworth Choir Presents March 29 Concert
"Music for the Seasons of the Church"

The acclaimed Whitworth Choir will perform its spring concert, "Music for the Seasons of the Church," on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 428 W. 19th Ave., Spokane. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the choir. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The concert will feature pieces that observe the seasons of the church, including Yea Though I Wander, by Georg Schumann, for Lent; Lord, In Thy Resurrection, by J. Gallus-Handl, for Easter; and I Will Pour Out My Spirit, by Bernard Naylor, for Pentecost; as well as several spirituals, including the Trinidad carol The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen.

"The journey that we embark on through the seasons of the church is similar to seasons of the year," says Director of Choral Activities Marc A. Hafso. "However, rather than focus on the planetary orbits or crop rotations, in the church we focus on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Remembering Christ's journey before us, the Whitworth Choir in this year's spring tour is pleased to present literature that focuses on that spiritual journey."

The 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 recently 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.

Contacts:

Marc A. Hafso, professor of music and director of choral activities, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4589 or mhafso@whitworth.edu.

Joan Lack, performing arts tour coordinator, music department, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu.

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

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