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Christmas Plays, Concerts Among Advent Programs

The holiday season is upon us, which means area churches are putting the final touches on a wide variety of Christmas plays and concerts. There’s something for everyone who wants to get into the spirit of Christmas.

Here are few of the offerings:

First Presbyterian Church will host the annual Christmas Festival concert “God’s Light Revealed,” performed by the Whitworth College Choir. The event will feature a brass ensemble, a handbell choir and Scripture readings along with the 70-person choir.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and at 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Each performance will also feature a prelude beginning 20 minutes before the start of the concert.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased through any G & B Select-A-Seat location or by calling 325-SEAT. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The church is located at 318 S. Cedar.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry, will present a one-act Christmas musical called “The Christmas That Was.” St. Stephen’s Alleluia Players will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Refreshments will be served following Sunday’s performance.

A donation of $2 per person is requested. All proceeds will benefit the church’s Youth Ministries Department.

For more information, call the church at 838-6158.

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist promises to be bustling with activity on Sunday.

First, the cathedral will host its traditional Advent event, “Lights of Love,” after the 9 a.m. worship service. The event will feature crafts, music and refreshments.

The cathedral will also be the site of a special Christmas concert Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m. “The Glory of Vivaldi - an Olde Italian Christmas Celebration” will feature the Spokane Youth Orchestra, the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus Ensemble and the Gonzaga University Choir. The concerts are free.

The cathedral is located at 127 E. 12th.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes is also planning Advent-related events.

The cathedral’s choir will present an Advent Festival service of lessons and carols at 3 p.m. Sunday. The special service was designed as a devotional and ecumenical liturgy of Scriptures and music.

The cathedral will present the second in a series of free noontime concerts Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday’s concert will feature trumpeter Christopher Cook and organist James Barret.

The program will last about 20 minutes.

The Project Joy Senior Orchestra will present a Christmas concert today at 7 p.m. at Unity Church of Truth, 2900 S. Bernard. The 30-person volunteer orchestra frequently performs in the community. Donations will be accepted, and child care will be available.

Pianist performs Friday

Pianist Marton Terts of Hungary will present a special performance called a “Hungarian Serenade” Friday at 7 p.m. Terts will perform a mixture of Hungarian and American folk songs and be accompanied by several vocalists.

The concert will be at the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. All proceeds will benefit the church’s partnership church in Felsorakos, Romania.

For more information or for tickets, call the church office at 325-6383.

Buy something different

Art from around the world will be featured at the Global Folk Art Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd. All proceeds will be returned to the artists, who are generally from poor countries. xxxx