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Autumn 2006 | Volume 29, Number 4 | Books, Film & Music

New Christmas CD From SPU

Sacred Sounds of Christmas

A MUCH-ANTICIPATED CD OF Advent and Christmas music performed by Seattle Pacific University’s finest musicians is now available to enjoy during the Christmas season. The Sacred Sounds of Christmas features SPU’s nationally recognized Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Women’s Choir, Männerchor, and String Orchestra, along with selected readings by University alumni, faculty, and guests.

With 22 tracks and a total playing time of 73 minutes, the CD offers a collection of traditional and lesser-known hymns, carols, songs, and readings spanning several centuries. Ranging from the awe-inspiring to the lighthearted, from “Hodie Christus Natus Est” to “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” the repertoire was first performed in November 2005 to a sold-out audience in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Creative director for both the annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert and the CD is Director of Choral Activities David Anderson. Recording engineer Ron Haight, who teaches advanced music technology at SPU and serves as director of music at First Free Methodist Church in Seattle, produced the new release.

“Seattle Pacific’s Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert is one way we seek to fulfill our vision to engage the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” says Seattle Pacific President Philip Eaton, who hosts the annual event with his wife, Sharon. “Both the concert and this wonderful CD herald and celebrate the extraordinary good news of an event that happened 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem — an event that forever changed the world.”

For more information about the CD, including sample audio tracks, visit The cost for the CD is $10, and it may be purchased at the SPU Bookstore on campus. All proceeds from the sale of the CD benefit Seattle Pacific’s performing groups, which share their talents with local and national audiences throughout the year.

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