NOEL! performance scheduled December 18

Published on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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Take two violins, a viola and a harp, add a flute, three harps and a dramatic narrator, dress them all like they just walked out of a 12th Century cathedral and put a 100-voice choir behind them, and you’ve got the makings of Blaine’s annual Christmas time visit of the popular group NOEL! The event transforms Blaine’s Performing Arts Center into a living pageant of traditional Christmas music and has become an annual tradition that marks the heart of the Christmas season. Blaine is one of only six venues that the sought-after group chooses each year.

This year the nine member group will be joined by the 100-voice Whatcom Chorale under the direction of Deborah Brown. To the traditional stories and poetry that are interwoven with period music, the choir will perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. It will be quite an evening.

Harpist Jill Whitman, founder of NOEL!, is an accomplished soloist and has performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Poland, New Zealand, Japan and Chile.

She is on the faculty of Western Washington University and plays harp with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and is also principal harpist of American Sinfonietta that performs each year in major European centers.

The performance is set for Friday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. and includes coffee and cookies served during intermission.

Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students, and this year a special family rate of $30 has been added, which includes one or two adults and their children.

Tickets may be purchased online at For more information call Larry or Suzanne Conrad at 360/676-5740.

For more information on NOEL!, go to or call 360/305-7136.