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Whitworth University Presents the 34th Annual Christmas Festival Concerts, "Love Be Our Song”

November 6, 2019
Whitworth University’s Christmas Festival Concerts will be presented in Spokane by 120 student performers on Dec. 14 and 15 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

The concerts will include 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, Love Be Our Song, will be elevated through works drawn largely from the English choral tradition, as well as readings and carols for audience and choirs. Presented seamlessly and without pause, the ever-popular concert will be concluded in candlelight.

Featured works include “Have Ye Not Known” and “Ye Shall Have a Song” from Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom and English composer Herbert Howells’ wondrous Magnificat (Collegium Regale) for mixed chorus and organ.

The Whitworth Choir and Whitworth Men’s Chorus will perform under the direction of Marc A. Hafsø. Deborah Hansen, associate professor of music, will direct the Whitworth Women’s Choir. John Bodinger will serve as the organist, and Emma Thackston and Polina Beymanov will serve as accompanists.

The concerts will take place at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 students/seniors (62-plus). Tickets are available at the box office. Click here to purchase, or call (509) 624-1200.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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