Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2007

Whitworth Choir to Perform April 15 Concert, "Songs of Hope, Joy and Peace"

The 45-voice Whitworth Choir will present its spring concert, "Songs of Hope, Joy and Peace" on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, located at 428 W. 19th St., in Spokane. Suggested donation: $5 adults; $3 students and seniors. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

"As a people, we desire words and music that bring comfort, promise and hope to the hard realities of day-to-day living and the uncertainty of our times," says Marc A. Hafso, professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities. "The Whitworth Choir seeks to do just this through its spring performances."

The Spokane concert is the final performance of the choir's 2007 spring tour, during which the choral ensemble performed in locations throughout Colorado. The concert program includes Palestrina and Richard Nance settings of Psalm 42; Hafso's Missa Pacem (Mass of Peace) for mixed chorus, piano and percussion; selections from Benjamin Britten's Five Flower Songs; Charles Ives' Circus Band; and Daniel Pinkham's setting of the Thomas Campion poem Author of Light.

The Whitworth Choir is regarded as one of the premier college/university choirs in the Pacific Northwest and continues to build upon a 70-year heritage of fine choral singing at Whitworth. The choir pursues an active schedule that includes its popular Christmas Festival Concerts in Spokane and the Seattle area, regular tours, performances of major works with orchestra, and recording projects.

Reflecting its commitment to music education and excellence, the Whitworth Choir has appeared at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and state conventions of the Washington Music Educators Association and Music Educators National Conference.

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 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

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

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, program assistants, music department, (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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