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November 30, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – What could be more fun than cozying up with friends and neighbors under a big tent to hear Christmas music together? The annual Saint Martin’s University Christmas pops concert, entitled “Christmas Under the Canopy” this year, will, indeed bring the community together to do just that!

The public is invited to join the crowd to hear the sounds of the season at this special outdoor concert, performed by the Saint Martin’s University Chorale and the American Legion Band.  The concert, on Dec. 8 in the yard next to the University’s Kreielsheimer Hall, 5300 Abbey Way, is a free event. The public can join in Saint Martin’s pre-concert tree-lighting ceremony adjacent to the canopy at 7:20 p.m. or go directly to the tent for the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

“On the program are holiday tunes and Christmas greats performed by soloists and groups – almost under the stars,” says Chorale Director Darrell Born, associate prof. of music at Saint Martin’s.

“We’ll be performing traditional carols, as well as such Broadway selections as Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Medley. Come and join us as we celebrate the sacred and the secular sounds of the holidays.”

The evening will end with refreshments and time to mingle beneath the lights of the Christmas tree.

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 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Associate Professor, Music
Director, Saint Martin’s University Chorale

Deanna Partlow
Interim Media Relations Manager
360 412-6126;