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Whitworth choirs to present 2012 Christmas Festival Concert, “Laud to the Nativity”

November 8, 2012

The 2012 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, “Laud to the Nativity,” will take place in Spokane Dec. 1-2, and in Seattle Dec. 8-9. The concerts will feature more than 120 student performers, including members of the Whitworth Choir, the Whitworth Women’s Choir, the Whitworth Men’s Chorus and the Whitworth Chamber Singers, as well as student instrumentalists and narrators. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The concert theme, “Laud to the Nativity,” will be elevated through choral works, readings from the Old and New Testaments, and traditional carols for audience and choirs. Presented without interruption, the concert will be concluded by candlelight.

The Festival Concerts will be centered around Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s masterpiece “Laud to the Nativity,” performed by the Whitworth Choir and student instrumentalists, with solos by Whitworth Lecturer (Voice) Amy Porter; alumna Kyrsten Hafso, ’07; and Director of Voice Studies and the Whitworth Men’s Chorus Scott Miller.

Musical selections will include Healey Willan’s reverent “Behold, the Tabernacle of God”; Gyorgy Orban’s “Kyrie and Gloria,” for women’s voices and piano; Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of “Hodie Christus natus est,” for men’s chorus; and Hugo Distler’s “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming.” Mass choir selections will include Scott Hafso’s joyful “Eja,” which was last heard in the 2005 Christmas Festival Concerts; and David Willcock’s majestic setting of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

The Whitworth Choir and Whitworth Chamber Singers 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:

  • Spokane
    Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m
    Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.
    Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Ave.

  • Seattle
    Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 8th Ave.

Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 for students and seniors (62+). Tickets for Seattle concerts are available at or by calling (800) 532-4668. Tickets for the Spokane concerts can be purchased at or by calling the Fox box office at (509) 624-1200. 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

Andrea Idso, interim public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or