Look forward to an exciting Sacred Music Concert
October 14, 2016

LACEY, Wash.  — Saint Martin’s University will celebrate All Saints’ Day and the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours with its annual Sacred Music Concert. The Saint Martin’s University Chorale will perform two free public concerts, the first at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and the second at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Both concerts are at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church on the University campus, 5000 Abbey Way, SE. Doors open 15 minutes before the concert. No reservations are necessary, and both concerts are free.

With the declaration by Pope Francis of 2016 as the Holy Year of Mercy, Saint Martin’s will perform the  “Jubilee Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy,” to commemorate it, says Darrell Borne, Associate Prof. of Music and Saint Martin’s Chorale director.

Verses of the piece will be interspersed throughout the concert to give audience members space to reflect on the themes of mercy and justice in their lives, he said.

Also on the program:

  • Music from “Tumekuja Kuimba!” (“We Have Come to Sing”), a musical celebration for percussion and   a cappella voices from Kenya.
  • Gaelic hymns.
  • A new setting of the gospel favorite, “All My Trials,” by Gwyneth Walker, featuring talented faculty pianist Hannah Cho.

“We also will be doing a beautiful setting of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. I am super excited about this concert,” Born said.

The concert is a collaboration of the University’s music department, Office of Campus Ministry and Benedictine Institute. The tradition began 14 years ago as a way of honoring the University’s patron saint, Saint Martin of Tours, whose feast day is Nov. 11. Saint Martin lived during the early fourth century and was a Roman soldier as a young man. Legend has it that while in Gaul (now France), he chanced upon a shivering beggar one bitter day, and with nothing else to give him, split his heavy wool cloak in two, giving half to the beggar. Later, he saw a vision of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he’d given the beggar. After Martin’s conversion to Christianity, he became a monk, known for his care of the sick, needy and downtrodden, something he continued to do even after his election as bishop of Tours, France. Saint Martin is known for his service to the poor and for establishing Christian monasticism in Western Europe.

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 242 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:
Darrell Born
Associate Professor, Music
Director, Saint Martin’s University Chorale
360-438-4506; dborn@stmartin.edu

Deanna Partlow
Interim Media Relations Manager
360 412-6126; dpartlow@stmartin.edu