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Clarke Holiday Tradition ‘For a Blessed Christmas,’ Dec. 8-9

posted on November 21, 2007

The Clarke College Arts at Clarke Silver Series and the Clarke College Music Department will present “For a Blessed Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, in Sacred Heart Chapel on the Clarke campus. The Saturday performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets can be reserved by calling (563)584-8642 weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

A Clarke College holiday tradition, “For a Blessed Christmas” tells the Christmas story through an exciting mix of narration and musical performances. The concert features Clarke’s music ensembles and this year will highlight guest soloist Monique Whittington, a multi-talented vocalist, actress, songwriter, playwright and 1989 Clarke graduate.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Whittington began singing in her church choir at the age of three. She has gone on to be an accomplished artist, performing at the Apollo, Theater Building Chicago, Ivanhoe, Victory Gardens and the Arie Crown Theater. 

In June of 2006, Whittington was awarded the prestigious Jeff Citation Award for Principal Actress in a Musical for her dual roles as Carrie McDonald and Big Bertha Smith in the new musical “Josephine Tonight!”   She has toured nationally and internationally with the highly acclaimed Gospel musicals: “A Piece of My Soul: The Anthology of Gospel,” and “From Grassroots to Glory,” for which she was nominated in the Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Review category by the Black Theater Alliance.

Whittington recently released her solo debut CD entitled “Livin’ It Up!” The CD features a unique blend of original songs ranging from progressive praise and worship to urban and contemporary Christian music. In addition to her degree in drama from Clarke, Whittington holds a master's degree in educational administration.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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