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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Musical performances enhance the holiday season

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 3, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Musical presentations in the Spokane area offer a variety of expressions of preparation for Christmas. Among the offerings:

• The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the church, will present two concerts of Christmas music.

The first will be Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. Charles Church, 4515 N. Alberta in Spokane, beginning at 6 p.m. The second concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13, at St. Peter Church, 3520 E. 18th Ave. in Spokane, also at 6 p.m. A reception will follow both concerts.

The Sisters will be accompanied by Father Kenny St. Hilaire and Rennie Pelkie.

There is no admission charge; free will offerings will be accepted and greatly appreciated.

• Gonzaga University Choir and Chorale will perform Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. in Spokane. The performance features the Los Angeles Opera Soloists to be conducted by Irene Messoloras.

General admission is $9, $7 for non-Gonzaga University students and seniors; free to GU faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available by calling (509) 624-1200 or visiting the ticket office at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

The featured guest soloists from the Los Angeles Opera are Karen Vuong, soprano; Tracy Cox, alto; Kalil Wilson, tenor; and Injoon Jang, bass.

For the Gonzaga University community, a free shuttle bus will leave from St. Aloysius Church at 6:40 and 7:05 p.m., and will make return trips following the concert.

• Also from GU, the Gonzaga University Choir and Chamber Singers will perform the 123rd annual Christmas Candlelight Concert, featuring the Los Angeles Opera Soloist Karen Vuong, conducted by Irene Messoloras at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 in St. Aloysius Church, adjacent to Gonzaga’s campus.

General admission is $12, $10 for students and seniors presale; the same audiences will pay $15 and $12 at the door, respectively.

The concert will be performed only one night.

American soprano Karen Vuong studied at UCLA, where she performed Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi; Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica; Despina in Così fan tutte; Emmie in Albert Herring; the “Somewhere” soloist in West Side Story; and Shoemaker’s Wife in Lorca Child of the Moon, by Ian Krouse. She participated in the Domingo-Thornton L.A. Opera Young Artist program for two years.

Vuong’s 2006-07 debut season at the L.A. Opera included the Voice of Shepherd Boy in Tannhäuser; Lady of Mahagonny in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; and Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea. In the 2007-08 season, she took part in a student matinee performance as Mimi in La Bohème, conducted by Plácido Domingo; First Playmate in The Dwarf; Shepherd Boy in Tosca; and Yvette in La Rondine.

Vuong has been acknowledged in competitions including the 2007 Jose Iturbi Vocal Competition (semifinalist), the 2006 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition (Culturarte Award), and the 2004 Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition (The Geraldine & Ron Hoeffer Scholarship). Recent engagements include Lay Sister in Suor Angelica at the L.A. Opera, Sophie in Werther at Kentucky Opera, and Soprano 2 soloist in Mahler 8 in Hong Kong. Her upcoming role will be Trang/Nurse in the world premiere opera Amelia at the Seattle Opera.

• On Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday – Holy Names Music Center will present “Ave!,” a musical celebration of Mary, the Mother of God, featuring music ranging from the 16th century to the modern day.

The concert will be presented at the Convent of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr. in Spokane, beginning at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. A reception will follow.


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