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Autumn 2003 | Volume 26, Number 4 | Campus
You’re Invited to Hear the Sacred Sounds of Christmas at Benaroya Hall

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 Philip Eaton.

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 André Thomas.

Tickets for “The Sacred Sounds of ChristThmas” are on sale now through Ticketmaster at 206/292-ARTS, 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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