by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & C & lt;/span & hristmas is a season when art and culture flourish. People who normally save their weekends for relaxation tromp out of their colorfully lit, tree-decorated homes and experience their communities with a different perspective. Maybe it's the dreariness that lingers outside -- or maybe the season of giving truly inspires people to try new things. All across Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, music reverberates as a reminder of the season -- and of the spirituality that most reserve for these special holidays.
The Whitworth Choir and Whitworth Women's Choir will hold a Christmas festival concert titled "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 7-8. The deeply spiritual concert will have readings from both poetry and scripture. The two choirs will sing traditional Christmas music from around the world with special guest soloists Scott Miller, Francis Paulen and Bonnie Robinson. The concert will end with the aisles lighted by candles to enhance the Christmas spirit. It will all create, says Director of Choral Activities Marc A. Hafso, "a quiet and heartwarming ending to the concert."
On Sunday, Dec. 9, some not-so-sacred and sacred music will be sung by the Celtic Nots along with the St. Ann's Choir. The traditional Irish music that the Celtic Nots are so locally famous for will begin the concert, with the second half focusing on Christmas carols. In addition to Christmas music, the choir and the Irish band will sing Advent music, which reflects the Catholic tradition of preparation on the four Sundays before Dec. 25. Admission is free, but barrels will be set out to collect food for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and a hat will be passed during the concert to collect money for the East Central Community Lunch Program, which offers a free hot lunch for community members on Sundays after church services.
"Journey to Bethlehem" * Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 pm and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 pm and 7 pm * Free * Tickets: $15; $12, students and seniors * First Presbyterian Church * 318 S. Cedar St. * Visit: www.whitworth.edu/musictickets * Call: (800) 532-4668
The Celtic Nots and St. Ann's Choir * Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 pm * Donations requested * St. Ann's Church * 2120 E. First Ave. * Call: 535-3031
The Singing Nuns * Thursday-Friday, Dec. 13-14, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm * Tickets: $20; $16, students and children * The Bing * 901 W. Sprague * Call: 325-SEAT
Whitworth Jazz Choir * Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 pm * Free * Whitworth, Music Building Recital Hall * 300 W. Hawthorne Ave. * Call: 777-3280
Christmas Concert * Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 pm * Tickets: $10; $8, seniors and students * St. Pius Catholic Church * 625 Hayfield Ave., Coeur d'Alene * Call: (208) 262-1980
"Aussie Holiday" * Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 pm * Free * Auntie's Bookstore * 402 W. Main Ave. * Call: 838-0206
Fireside Caroling * Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 pm * Free * Post Falls Library * 821 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho * Call: (208) 292-2314
"Elvis Family Christmas" * Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 pm * Tickets: $20; $10, children 12 and younger * The Bing * 901 W. Sprague * Call: 868-4671
"Holiday on Pipes" * Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 pm * Free * First Church of the Nazarene * 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. * Call: 467-8986
Spokane Jazz Orchestra presents "Holiday in Jazz" with Dee Daniels * Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 pm * Tickets: $23-$27 * The Bing * 901 W. Sprague * Visit: www.spokanejazz.com * Call 325-SEAT
Spokane Symphony Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops" with Five by Design * Friday, Dec. 21, at 8 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 pm and 8 pm * Tickets: $17-$44; $10, children * The Fox * 1001 W. Sprague * Visit: www.spokanesymphony.org * Call: 624-1200 or 325-SEAT
The Concordia Choir of the German-American Society presents "A German Christmas" * Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 pm * Free * Deutsches Haus * 25 W. Third Ave. * Call: 928-2595
Clarion Brass Christmas Concert * Monday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 pm * Tickets: $15; $10, seniors and students * Opportunity Presbyterian Church * 202 N. Pines Rd. * Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 pm * Tickets: $15; $10, seniors and students * First Presbyterian Church * 318 N. Cedar St. * Call: 489-4633