Students singing Christmas songs
November 20, 2014

LACEY, Wash. — Saint Martin’s University, the South Puget Sound Community College and the American Legion Band are once again combining their talents to perform two Christmas concerts in December that feature three choirs singing musical pieces spanning the early 16th century to contemporary works.

A carol sing-along will round out both “Sounds of the Season” concerts. The first event will be held Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, located at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd., Olympia. The second concert will take place Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., at Marcus Pavilion, located on the Lacey campus of Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

The concerts will feature the Saint Martin’s University Chorale, both SPSCC Choirs and the American Legion Band. Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born directs the Saint Martin’s chorale. Molly McNamara conducts the SPSCC choirs. Kevin Robertson conducts the American Legion Band, along with Diana Appler, associate conductor.

“It will be so much fun,” says Born, who is also director of the Saint Martin’s Music Program. “The students and members of our community love singing the “White Christmas” tunes and all those famous, early, golden years of Broadway musicals.”

Each concert is composed of three parts. The first part will combine the three choirs, which will sing the early 16th century “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” two early American carols, the “Huron Carol” and “A Virgin Unspotted,” and a beautiful, contemporary piece, “O Magnum Mysterium.”

During the second part, the American Legion Band will perform several traditional, Christmas band pieces, including “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.” The choirs and the band will conclude both evenings with combined holiday pieces, such as the “White Christmas” medley and “A Christmas on Broadway,” before leading the audience through the sing-along.

The concerts are free and open to the public, and free-will donations are gratefully accepted.

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 nearly 1,200 undergraduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. 

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Director of the Music Program
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager