Noted soprano up next in Saint Martin’s Abbey concert series
Soloist Hope Briggs to perform with pianist Jay Rozendaal
Jan. 28, 2008
Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s Abbey continues
its 2007–08 concert/lecture series with a recital by soprano Hope Briggs
on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. The performance will take place
in the Saint Martin’s Abbey Church on Saint Martin’s main campus, 5300
Pacific Avenue, Lacey, Washington, 98503. The event is open to the
public free of charge but a voluntary offering is suggested. Seating is
limited. Doors open one hour prior to the event.
Accompanied by pianist Jay Rozendaal, Briggs will
perform a program that features works of Richard Strauss, Gabriel Fauré
and Samuel Barber, and concludes with a group of spirituals. The second
half of the program will open with Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”
This marks the first time that this major American work will be
performed in the Abbey Church.
Briggs has been a National Finalist, Metropolitan
Opera National Council Auditions, and has performed with the Houston
Grand Opera, San Francisco Choral Society and Opera Frankfurt. Rozendaal
holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music,
and has studied with Elly Ameling, Maureen Forrester and Dalton Baldwin.
He also holds two degrees in theology and is an Episcopal priest. Since
1991 Rozendaal has served as pianist and assistant conductor for
numerous productions of the Seattle Opera.
The abbot and monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey, Lacey,
established their annual concert/lecture series in 1980 during the
sesquimillenial celebration honoring Saint Benedict of Nursia.
It is suggested that concert patrons enter the
campus via the Sixth Avenue entrance, adjacent to the Lacey City Hall
and public library.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Brother Boniface Lazzari, O.S.B.
Saint Martin’s University
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