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Whitworth Choirs to Present Christmas Festival Concert, "Emmanuel: God With Us"

November 10, 2017
The 2017 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, Emmanuel: God With Us, will take place in Seattle on Dec. 2 and 3, and in Spokane on Dec. 9 and 10. The concerts will feature more than 100 student-musicians, including members of the Whitworth Choir, the Whitworth Women’s Choir and the Whitworth Men’s Chorus, as well as student instrumentalists and narrators.

The concert theme will be elevated through choral works, readings and traditional carols for the audience and choirs. Presented without interruption, the ever-popular concert will be concluded in candlelight.

Featured works will include David Danner’s powerful setting of Arise, Your Light Has Come, and carols for audience and choirs including David Willcocks’ joyful setting of O Come, All Ye Faithful.

Emmanuel: God With Us, is the 15th consecutive Christmas Festival Concert I will have led at the university,” says Marc A. Hafso, director of choral activities at Whitworth and artistic director of the university’s Christmas Festival Concerts. “In word and song and community, Whitworth’s Christmas Festival Concerts offer light and hope and love to those in need of such things.”

Following is concert and ticket information for both performance locations:

Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 Eighth Ave.
Tickets: $20 regular admission, $15 students/seniors (62-plus)
Tickets available at

Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.
Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.
Tickets: $20 regular admission, $15 students/seniors (62-plus)
Tickets available at the Fox box office, (509) 624-1200 or 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. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or