Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2008

Whitworth Women's Choir to Perform in Concert April 27 at St. Augustine Church

Who: The Whitworth Women's Choir

What: Spring concert, "Deo Gracias!"

When: Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

Where: St. Augustine Church, 428 W. 19th Ave., in Spokane.

Cost: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The Whitworth Women's Choir concert, "Deo Gracias!," will be directed by Deborah Hansen, associate director of choral activities and music department chair at Whitworth University. Accompanists will be Bonnie Robinson and Whitworth junior Mac Merchant, piano; Leslie Stratton Norris, harp; Cheryl Carney, cello; and Whitworth seniors Nathanael Ankeny, saxophone, and Jacob Hildebrand, guitar.

The concert program will feature songs from A Ceremony of Carols. Composed by Benjamin Britten for treble choir and harp, A Ceremony of Carols is one of the great choral masterworks of the 20th century. The final song from this work is "Deo Gracias!" (Thanks be to God).

The Whitworth Women's Choir, founded in 1997, is a select choir whose repertoire includes sacred and secular music from diverse eras and styles. Choir members represent all class years and a variety of majors at Whitworth. The women's choir has performed at St. Augustine Church each spring since 2001.

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.

Contacts:

Deborah Hansen, associate professor of music/department chair and associate director of choral activities, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4459 or dhansen@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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