| You’re Invited to Hear the
Sacred Sounds of Christmas at Benaroya Hall
SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY will again usher in the Christmas
season not with jingle bells and flying reindeer, but with the finest
in sacred music. On Tuesday night, December 2, at 7:30 p.m., SPU’s
Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Männerchor
and Symphonic Wind Ensemble bring the music of Advent to Benaroya
Hall’s world-class Taper Auditorium.
“The Sacred Sounds of Christmas” is the University’s
gift to the city of Seattle, says SPU President Philip Eaton, who
hosts the concert with his wife, Sharon. “Through this
event, we share the extraordinary musical gifts of our students while
lifting up our rich Christian heritage of Christmas,” says
Directed by Assistant Professor of Choral Music David Anderson, Instructor
of Music Gerry Marsh and other faculty conductors, the groups will
perform choral, instrumental and spoken pieces. “Our program
presents the story of Christmas from the promises of Christ’s
coming to the advent of his birth,” says Anderson. “It’s
carefully designed to reveal the message of Christ’s birth
through music and texts of high artistic quality and beauty.”
In addition to performing separately, the groups will come together to perform
selected compositions, including Mendelssohn’s “There Shall
a Star Come Out of Jacob,” and “African Noel,” arranged by
Tickets for “The Sacred Sounds of ChristThmas” are on sale now
through Ticketmaster at 206/292-ARTS,
www.ticketmaster.com or regional outlets.
Tickets are also available at the Benaroya Hall box office (cash or checks only).
Seating is reserved, and prices are $15 and $18.
Benaroya audiences will also hear at least one of the pieces from “Sing,
All the Earth,” a new SPU Concert Choir CD released in August 2003. The
CD includes sacred music sung in eight languages from four continents and spanning
four centuries. Among the featured composers are Pachelbel, Distler and Schumann.
The CD also includes the African song, “Dide ta Deo.” Available in
the Benaroya Hall lobby on December 2, “Sing, All the Earth” can
also be ordered by calling 206/281-2933. The cost is $15, plus $3 shipping
for up to five CDs. Limited numbers of other Concert Choir CDs are also available.
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