Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2006

Whitworth Presents 2006 Christmas Festival Concert,
"From Out of Darkness, We Have Light"

The 2006 Whitworth College Christmas Festival Concert, "From Out of Darkness, We Have Light," will take place in Gig Harbor, Bellevue, Seattle and Spokane, and will feature the Whitworth Choir and the Whitworth Women's Choir, with organ accompaniment, as well as accompaniment by brass, wind and percussion student-musicians.

"The theme of this year's concert acknowledges the existence of dark and troubled times in the lives of God's people, and reflects the promise of God's transforming light and love for all," says Marc A. Hafso, Whitworth professor of music and director of choral activities. "The popular concert format moves seamlessly through narration, processionals, choral and instrumental works, and congregational carols."

The concert will feature performances of Daniel Pinkham's "Author of Light," a Missa Brevis by Hafso; Z. Randall Stroope's "Magnificat" for women's voices and piano four-hands; and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols." Other festive choral works and familiar Christmas carols will also be performed.

The Whitworth Women's Choir will perform under the direction of Debbie Hansen, associate director of choral activities. Diana Trotter, associate professor of theatre, will serve as narrator.

Following is concert and ticket information for each performance location:

  • Gig Harbor
    When: Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.
    Where: Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave. NW

  • Bellevue
    When: Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.
    Where: First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE

  • Seattle
    When: Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.
    Where: First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 8th Ave.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 for students/seniors. Tickets for the Gig Harbor, Bellevue and Seattle concerts can be purchased by calling (800) 532-4668. A limited number of tickets may also be available for purchase at the door prior to each concert.

  • Spokane
    When: Friday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    Where: First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 for students/seniors. Tickets for the Spokane concerts can be purchased by calling (509) 467-9397 or by contacting TicketsWest at (509) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com. A limited number of tickets may also be available for purchase at the door prior to each concert.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

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

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, music department program assistants, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu or lswegle@whitworth.edu.

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

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