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Whitworth to present 2011 Christmas Festival Concert, "Arise, Shine!"

November 9, 2011
The 2011 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, "Arise, Shine!" will take place in Bellevue, Seattle and Spokane, featuring the Whitworth Choir, the Whitworth Women's Choir, the Whitworth Men's Chorus, and the Whitworth Chamber Singers. More than 130 student performers will include members of the four choirs, as well as student-instrumentalists and narrators. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The concert theme, "Arise, Shine!" will be elevated through choral works, Old and New Testament readings from Isaiah and Luke, and traditional carols. Presented without interruption, the ever-popular concert will be concluded in candlelight.

Musical selections will include Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata" for mixed chorus, brass and organ; Z. Randall Stroope's "Magnificat" for women's voices and piano 4-hands; Michael Cox's "O Holy Child" for men's voices; Marc A. Hafso's "There Is No Rose" and "Sanctus;" a spiritual, "Keep Your Lamps"; and a South African song "Siyahamba" (We Are Marching in the Light of God). Mass choir selections will include Carolyn Jennings' beautiful "Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain"; Russian composer Alexander Grechaninov's expressive "Nunc Dimittis"; and David Willcock's majestic setting of "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

The Whitworth Choir will perform under the direction of Marc A. Hafso, director of choral activities. Deborah Hansen, associate director of choral activities and chair of the music department, will direct the Whitworth Women's Choir. Scott Miller, director of voice studies, will direct the Whitworth Men's Chorus. John Bodinger will serve as organist.

Following is concert and ticket information for each performance location:
  • Bellevue
    Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE
  • Seattle
    Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 8th Ave.
  • Spokane
    Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.
    Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Ave.
Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 for students and seniors 62 and older. For the Seattle and Bellevue concerts, tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 532-4668 or online at Tickets for the Spokane concert can be purchased through those options as well at, by calling the Fox Box Office at (509) 624-1200, or at the information desk in the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth. 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 nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, music department program assistants, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3280 or or

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or