Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 14 , 2007

Whitworth Choir to Perform on Tour in Colorado March 25-30, 2007

The 45-voice Whitworth Choir will present "Songs of Hope, Joy and Peace" during its spring concert tour March 25-30 in Colorado.

"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-tour performances."

The concert program will include 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.

Following is information for each Colorado concert location. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

  • Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m.
    Wellshire Presbyterian Church
    2999 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver

  • Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church
    219 East Bijou Street, Colorado Springs

  • Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins
    531 South College Ave., Fort Collins

  • Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Boulder
    1820 15th Street, Boulder

  • Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.
    Central Presbyterian Church
    402 Kimbark Street, Longmont

The members of the Whitworth Choir represent a variety of academic majors, and celebrate the joy of singing and community through the study and performance of a wide variety of music. The group 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.

Marc A. Hafso is professor and director of choral and vocal activities at Whitworth College. He holds degrees in music education and choral conducting from Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Arizona, and Michigan State University. A versatile musician, Hafso is active as a guest conductor, guest soloist, clinician, adjudicator and composer. He came to Whitworth from Augustana University, in Alberta, Canada, where he taught for 16 years and directed a nationally recognized program.

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, performing arts tour coordinator, music department, (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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