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The Night Gives New Light

2020 Candlelight Christmas Concerts

Gonzaga presents its annual Candlelight Christmas Concerts for free in an interactive livestream experience. Concert Choir’s 60 student singers join forces with the Spokane Brass Quintet and with guitar, violin, and percussion faculty in a concert program that finds hope in this midst of the darkness of this year and season. The performance includes choral music recorded before students departed campus pre-Thanksgiving, music recorded by an virtual vocal octet of remote students, and festive brass music, alternating with host Timothy Westerhaus, live at the piano in the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.

Make it a festive event!

Watch from home with your own candles and a warm beverage. Keep your smartphone nearby for lightly interactive elements. Access the program from YouTube to sing along with carols and for translations.

Concert Dates & Times

Saturday, December 12, 7 pm PST (Brass prelude begins at 6:45 pm)
Sunday, December 13, 3pm PST (Brass prelude begins at 2:45 pm)
Follow Along: 2020 Candlelight Christmas Concert Program

Concert Program

The 2020 music draws its inspiration from figurative darkness we have experienced this year: the ongoing pandemic, struggles to achieve racial justice and equity, and ever-increasing hatred and division. Yet, it is in these moments that we see people digging in deeply to re-envision more just communities and a more hopeful future. In addition to traditional carols, the repertoire also draws its inspiration from the cultural backgrounds of our Concert Choir students, including music from Canada, Sweden, Argentina, the Mexican Baroque, the Philippines, and even Scotland with a lively arrangement of Auld Lang Syne as we look ahead with hope to the 2021 New Year.

Performing Musicians

Gonzaga University Concert Choir
Spokane Brass Quintet
Annie Flood & Henry Mauser, piano
Mellad Abeid, guitar
Jason Moody, violin
Roberta Bottelli, cello
Andrew Repsold & Sam Hendricks, percussion
Timothy Westerhaus, live piano host

Thank You to Our 2020 Concert Donors

Our Candlelight Christmas Concerts are normally the largest fundraiser for Gonzaga’s choral program, covering costs of music, collaborating musicians, and innovative commissions and guest composers. Due to the virtual format, 2020 production costs were much higher than in-person concerts, and we were pleased to offer the concert for free, recognizing the economic hardship that many face today.

Over 115 donors stepped forward with generous donations to ensure that we can continue sharing this and future performances. We are so grateful for your support, helping raise over $6,500 towards costs for our 2020 Candlelight Christmas Concert:

John and Sandra Andresen
Gloria and Michael Andrews
Mary Amidei
Greg and Lori Arpin
Lynee Backes
Daryl Baird
Susan and William Barnes
Robert Bartlett
Bennett J. Baur
Mirjeta S. Beqiri
Caleb and Sarah Boettcher
Flora Bowers
Jaclyn M. Brandt
David and Joanne Buehler
Brian and Corinne Burton
Linda and Richard Cannon
Suzanne Capstick
Mary and Peter Carparelli
John Casey
Benjamin Chambers
Elizabeth and Michael Clark
Shannon Dunn
Stephen and Debra Duvoisin
Lili Engels
Ann Fennessy
David J. Flood
Anita Forbes
Daniel and Kimberly Foster
Margaret King
William Klein
Kjerstin Gabrielson
Tomas Guardia
Mary Hainline
Jessica D. Halliday
Gisela J. Hanks
Robert J. Harris
Douglas Elton Hawkins, Sr.
John P. Henry, Jr.
Leah and Lukas Hermes
Joanne Hillary
Craig and Kathryn Ann Hobbsworth
Herschel Housel
Maria J. Howard
Mark and Mary Howe
Patrick and Tami Hughes
Jeffrey V. Johnson
Adam Johnson
James Jopson
Kelly Kennaly
Jane B. Korn
Nicholas Lloyd
Francis A. Mana-ay
Ruth J. Manthey
Robert McCauley
Danielle McCulloch
James and Nancy McEachran
Katherine R. McFaul
Kathryn Mietus
Andrew and Lisa Miller
Michal Moe
Kristina M. Bowman Morgan
Robert W. Morrison
Camilla M. Mounts
Lynn Murphy
Claudia Necke-Lazarrato
Bill Nesbitt
Suzanne and Mark Ostersmith
Gordon Ritchie and Heather Easterling Ritchie
Claudia Rollins
Karen Russell
Erik W. Schmidt
Jerri S. Shepard
John N. Sheveland
William Shugg
Jenifer G. Skjerven
Sharon and Dennis Smith
Gale A. Snyder
Fred and Karen Stahl
Kris Sterling
Susan Stiger
Michelle Takamoto
Roberta Thompson
Paul and Cynthia Thurston
Kelly Tilford
Craig and Jelene Trewet
Richard and Mary Ulring
Thomas Westerhaus
Eric and Jennifer Williams
Mary C. Willis
Maria Esther Zamora

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