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Christine Westhoff’s “HARK”: Sacred #CHRISTMAS Music MUST HAVE for THIS Season!

12 November 2016

Hello Readers,

Once in a great while I come across something I feel very strongly about. I usually come to you for prayer intentions and I also love to share beautiful people and things with you. Right this moment in Little Rock, Arkansas; Christine Westhoff is stocking her second CD and first Christmas CD, aptly named “Hark!”.

I am a musician and have a particular love of sacred music and, of course, Christmas music. I am letting you, my readers know about this fabulously talented young woman. Her voice, truly a gift from God, has been given back to Him as a humble gift from Westhoff. She could have embraced a secular career of opera and, in my humble opinion, would go far for sure. Instead, Christine gives her voice to the sacred.

In this time in history, there are few people who understand this kind of selflessness. What you are about to find out is what type of person she is, from this following article and then you will hear the best version EVER of “O Holy Night”. Best. Version. Ever.

A Blessed Christmas Season to all: ALL FORTY Days,

Sofia

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Lyric Soprano Christine Westhoff and her Christmas CD, “Hark”

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For information on Christine Westhoff, her concert schedule, to purchase her music or schedule a master class with Christine, please visit www.christinewesthoff.com , cdbaby.com or at iTunes search “Christine Westhoff” album: Hark.

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CLASSICALLY TRAINED SOPRANO FOCUSES ON GOD RATHER THAN WAGNER

Classically trained as a lyric operatic soprano, Christine Westhoff is becoming one of the leading American artists in the area of oratorio and sacred music, attracting the attention of a widening public including the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and the United States.

The 32-year-old singer is unique in that, although trained as an operatic singer, she has devoted her career to sacred music that was written some 500-700 years before her birth, “I assumed I was going to be an opera singer. I’d trained as one. I sounded like one. I just couldn’t figure out why the idea of having to sing opera for the rest of my career left me with a hollow feeling.” Westhoff says an accidental discovery changed her path, “One afternoon I stumbled onto an old oratorio book of music. Just as a priest is called to the collar, I instantly knew that God was showing me where he wanted me.”

As a Catholic, Westhoff’s 2013 concert tour kicked off in the city where faith is foremost–Rome, Italy, where she performed in the ancient and beautiful San Silvestro Chapel, with an audience that included various princes, priests, and prelates of the Church.

Christine Westhoff at Belleville Cathedral asking Saint Cecilia for her blessing

Christine Westhoff at Belleville Cathedral asking Saint Cecilia for her blessing

In addition to the sacred and oratorio pieces Westhoff performed, her 2013 tour included pieces by contemporary U.K. composer, Ash Madni. Qatar-born Madni, known for compositions that fuse Western and Eastern classical music, has high praise for Westhoff; “Christine’s singing is beautiful, pitch perfect, powerful and radiates passion, rare to find these days.” Westhoff sang his “An Aria for Fatimah,” which sets Percy Shelley’s poetry to music.After her premier in Italy, Westhoff continued with a concert schedule in the U.S.

When asked about how she views her job as a singer, Westhoff mused, “I feel blessed that I was chosen for this job. Humbled that this is my small part of His work. Grateful that I can call some of the great cathedrals of the world my office.”


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7 Comments to “Christine Westhoff’s “HARK”: Sacred #CHRISTMAS Music MUST HAVE for THIS Season!”

  1. […] some of you may remember, the Always Catholic blog held a Christmas and Sacred music CD giveaway last November, of which I was the winner. I am very grateful to Sofia Guerra of Always Catholic, […]

  2. […] some of you may remember, the Always Catholic blog held a Christmas and Sacred music CD giveaway last November, of which I was the winner. I am very grateful to Sofia Guerra of Always Catholic, […]

  3. Fantastic!! :) This has got to be the best version of “O Holy Night”, that I have ever heard. I have heard other artists renditions of this particular hymn, but all others pale in comparison to Christine’s recording of it. She is truly gifted. I know great vocal talent when I hear it. God has blessed her with such an amazing voice. God bless her!!! :)

  4. “O Holy Night” – my all time favorite! Amazing voice!

  5. She is awesome!!! Would love a CD!!!!

  6. She is from Little Rock, Arkansas (AR). Not Arizona (AZ). Going to purchase her album now!

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