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Festive Holiday Concert a Seasonal Potpourri of Classical and Traditional Song

In a choral tribute to the joys of the holiday season, Central Washington University Choirs will present a Festive Holiday Concert on December 1. The concert will feature the Wildcat Chorus, Vox Divina, and Chamber Choir.

The choirs will sing perform a brilliant variety of works, including beloved songs—Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming, Silent Night, and other favorites. Vox Divina will feature oboist Vanessa Blily on the stunning Z. Randall Stroope setting of There Is no Rose. The audience will then have a chance to sing some traditional carols with the choir, led by Scott Peterson, adjunct faculty of choral studies.

The Chamber Choir will present Christmas Goes Classical—a medley of everything from Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Bizet’s Toreador, and Verdi’s Anvil Chorus—all composed with Christmas lyrics.

“The finale will be a real treat for the audience,” said Gary Weidenaar, professor of music and director of choral studies. “The concert will be brought to a moving close when the 100 voices present Rutter’s Candlelight Carol and the beautifully serene Still, Still, Still—with the choir singing in the concert hall aisles.”

The Festive Holiday Concert will be held at 7:00 p.m., December 1, in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.  Prior to the concert, the CWU Alumni Association will host a reception for ticketholders in the Choir Room at 6:00 p.m.

General admission is $12, $7 for students, seniors, and alumni. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Parking in the CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,