Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2007

Whitworth to Present 2007 Christmas Festival Concert, "Journey to Bethlehem"

The 2007 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, "Journey to Bethlehem," will take place in Bellevue, Seattle and Spokane, and will feature the Whitworth Choir and the Whitworth Women's Choir, accompanied by brass and string student-ensembles and organ. The concert will also feature tenor Scott Miller, formerly with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who joined Whitworth this fall as assistant professor of music and coordinator of the voice area.

"Journey to Bethlehem" will include presentations of Healey Willan's Behold, the Tabernacle of God; the tenor arias Comfort Ye and Ev'ry Valley, from Handel's Messiah; Rachmaninoff's Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria) sung in Russian by the Whitworth Women's Choir; Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, performed by the Whitworth Choir with brass-ensemble and organ accompaniment; the traditional performance of David Willcocks' hair-raising setting of O Come, All Ye Faithful, for audience, choirs, brass, organ and percussion; and Harold Darke's quintessential setting of In the Bleak Midwinter.

The Whitworth Choir will perform under the direction of Marc A. Hafso, professor of music and director of choral activities. 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, and Bonnie Robinson will be the organist.

Following is concert and ticket information for each performance location:

  • Bellevue
    When: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.
    Where: First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE
  • Seattle
    When: Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.
    Where: First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 8th Street
  • Spokane
    When: Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    Where: First Presbyterian Church of Spokane, 318 S. Cedar St.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 for students/seniors. Tickets for the Bellevue, Seattle and Spokane concerts may be purchased by calling (800) 532-4668. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.whitworth.edu/musictickets. 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 university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

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

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

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