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Whitworth choirs present 2013 Christmas Festival Concert, “Welcome, All Wonders”

November 12, 2013

The 2013 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, “Welcome, All Wonders,” will take place in Seattle Dec. 7 & 8, and in Spokane Dec. 14 & 15. The concerts will feature more than 120 student-musicians, 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.

Following is concert and ticket information for each performance location:

Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 8th Ave.
Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors (62+)
Tickets available at or, or by calling TicketsWest at 800-325-7328.

Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m.
Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 West Sprague Ave.
Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors (62+)
Tickets available 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.

“I would encourage all who have yet to attend a Whitworth Christmas Festival Concert to come and experience this year’s concert and discover why, for many in our community, their Advent and Christmas celebrations begin with this annual event,” says Marc A. Hafso, director of the Whitworth Choir, and professor of music and director of choral activities at Whitworth.

The concert theme, “Welcome, All Wonders,” 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.

Musical selections will include Randall Thompson’s “Have Ye Not Known?” and “Ye Shall Have a Song”; David Danner’s “Arise, Your Light Has Come” for mass choirs, brass and organ; Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” for women’s chorus; Lara G. Hoggard’s “Personent Hodie” for men’s chorus; and works by Poulenc, Sweelinck, Chilcott and Nelhybel, to be sung by the Whitworth Choir.

The Whitworth Choir and Whitworth Chamber Singers will perform under the direction of Marc A. Hafso. 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. Mary Trotter and Mac Merchant will serve as accompanists.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 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

Loree Swegle, music department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3280 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or