Get ready to rejoice and sing!

Nov 22, 2013

Ring in the season

Saint Martin’s University, the South Puget Sound Community College and the Department of Washington American Legion Band are joining forces Wednesday, Dec. 4, to perform “Ring in the Season,” a lively Christmas pops concert with multiple choral groups, holiday band music and a carol sing-along. The event, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, located on the SPSCC campus, 2011 Mottman Rd., Olympia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The joint concert will feature the Saint Martin’s University Chorale, The SPSCC Concert Choir, the Puget Sound Community Choir and the American Legion Band. Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born directs the Saint Martin’s chorale. Molly McNamara conducts the choirs, with Jennifer Hermann as the piano accompanist. Kevin Robertson conducts the American Legion Band, along with Diana Appler, associate conductor and manager.

“I am very pleased with this collaboration – it is really fun to launch the Christmas season with a big batch of holiday tunes,” says Born. “Our performance will include an Irving Berlin “White Christmas” medley, a Russian Orthodox carol and many traditional greats like the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s ”Messiah.”

The choirs will open the concert. Following a brief intermission, the band will join the fun with a variety of musical selections before the entire cast of performers returns to the stage for a big, festive finish.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Meg Nugent Dwyer
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