Concert Choir to perform holiday concert Nov. 18

The Western Washington University Concert Choir sings "The Shepherds Sing," by Conrad Susa, in November 2011. Video by YouTube user ChoirNerdsUnite (http://www.youtube.com/user/ChoirNerdsUnite).
Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Concert Choir and Advanced Women’s Chorale will debut their new annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2117 Walnut St. in Bellingham.

Conducted by Professor of Music Leslie Guelker-Cone and Associate Professor of Music Timothy Fitzpatrick, “A Light in the Darkness: Songs of Hope and Comfort” invites the community to join together to usher in the holiday season with songs that inspire and uplift, bringing light to Bellingham's wintry days.

“This is choral music as it was originally intended to be heard,” said Fitzpatrick, who will serve as conductor. “Many of the songs feature our students’ voices without accompaniment, allowing the acoustics of the stone church to surround our audience with song and warmth.”

As Thanksgiving approaches in the Pacific Northwest and the days grow short in preparation for winter, thoughts often turn to home, hearth and comfort. People are reminded of the joys of family, community and celebration and are thankful for the incomparable surrounding beauty. Bellinghamsters greet the season with a mixture of feelings – nostalgia and loss, gratitude and hope. “A Light in the Darkness: Songs of Hope and Comfort” reflects these varied themes and showcases a range of beautiful choral music.

Tickets are available through the WWU Box Office and cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. A selection of tickets will also be available at Village Books, the Community Food Co-Op and at the door.

WWU Box Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour prior to the performance. For individual tickets or disability accommodations, contact the WWU Box Office at 360-650-6146 or visit http://www.tickets.wwu.edu.

For more information, contact Leslie Guelker-Cone at 360-650-3772 


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