Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 24, 2006

Whitworth Choir, Soloists and Chamber Orchestra to Perform
Handel's "Messiah" April 9

The Whitworth Choir, professional soloists, and a chamber orchestra comprising Whitworth students and professional musicians will perform Handel's celebrated oratorio "Messiah" in concert on Palm Sunday, April 9.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, located at 127 E. 12th Ave., in Spokane. Admission is $15 general and $12 students/seniors. For tickets, call the Whitworth Music Department at (509) 777-3280 or contact TicketsWest at (509) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The concert will be conducted by Marc A. Hafso, Whitworth professor of music and director of choral activities, and will feature the following Spokane-area soloists: soprano Darnelle Preston, an adjunct music instructor at Whitworth; alto Olivia Moore; and tenor Steve Goodenberger. George Evelyn, professor of music at the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada, will perform as a bass soloist.

The concert's chamber orchestra comprises Whitworth student-musicians as well as professional musicians including violinist Phillip Baldwin, who is director of string studies at Whitworth; and Whitworth adjunct music instructors David Dutton, oboe; Cheryl Carney, cello; and John Bodinger, harpsichord.

The Whitworth Choir is regarded as one of the premier collegiate choirs in the Pacific Northwest and has a 70-year heritage of fine choral singing. As the senior choral ensemble at Whitworth College, the choir regularly accepts invitations to state and regional music conventions. The Whitworth Choir has also produced six compact discs; its latest recording, Music for the Seasons of the Church, was released in fall 2005.

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:

Joan Lack, music department program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu.

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

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