Northwest NEWS

November 26, 2001

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Columbia Choirs herald the holiday season in Duvall

Festival of Lessons & Carols at Cedarcrest
   by Carolyn Butler
   Special to the Valley View
   DUVALLThe Columbia Choirs ring in the holiday season when the Duvall Arts Commission presents "Festival of Lessons & Carols" at Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
   Directed by Steven Stevens, the Columbia Boy Choir, the Columbia Girl Choir, the Columbia Vocal Ensemble and the Con Brio Women's Choir celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Old Man Winter. The program includes a special version of the traditional "Auld English" Festival of Lessons and Carols biblical lessons tracing the prophecies and story of Jesus' birth interspersed with carols sung by the choirs.
   Columbia Choirs have received awards and accolades nationally and internationally.
   "Very impressive with excellent stage presentation ... beautifully shaped performance ... most distinguished performance ... fantastic sense of line." (Simon Halsey, International Musical Eisteddfod, Llangollen, Wales).
   Founder-Music Director Stevens says, "We believe children deserve the best possible music and training as they develop their God-given talent for singing. We believe singing is the most personal of the ways to make music and a variety of music is the best tool for introducing children to the world of singing. The combination of attention to the details of music (scientific) and using one's voice to express the emotion (art) of music leads children to broaden their awareness of themselves. They learn it is perfectly normal to feel and express emotions to others in healthy ways."
   For this performance, the Duvall Arts Commission will conduct a food and toy drive to benefit Hopelink. Hopelink serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities.
   Their goal is to help people move out of crisis and become self-sufficient. Serving all of north and east King County, Hopelink emergency centers are located in Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Northshore, Sno-Valley and Shoreline.
   Concert-goers are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food and/or new unwrapped toys to brighten the holidays for our neighbors in need.
   The Duvall Arts Commission thanks the Nestle Regional Training Center, sponsor of this performance, for providing catering service to the choirs.
   Tickets are available at Gardens & SunSpaces, Pumps and Grinds and Duvall Books in Duvall, Simply Grand in Carnation, or by mail.
   Mail-order forms can be printed out from the Duvall Arts Commission's Webpage at www.cityofduvall.com/dac.
   Prices have been held at last season's rates: $9 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and free admission for children under five. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20 percent discount. Arts Onstage is presented by the Duvall Arts Commission with support from the King County Arts Commission and community business partners.
   All performances take place at Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center, 29000 NE 150th Street, Duvall. For more information, call 425-788-2983 or 425-844-8516 or visit www.cityofduvall.com/dac.
  
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