SMU Chorale to perform Puccini’s ‘Messa’
Local talent collaborating on sacred work
February 26, 2008
Lacey, Washington — The Saint Martin’s University
Chorale will be teaming up with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, South
Puget Sound Community College Choir and Opera Pacifica to perform
Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria” this Saturday, March 1. The event begins at
7:30 p.m. in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget
Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia, WA 98512.
Under the direction of Claudia Simpson Jones, the
performance will feature tenor soloist Brother Aelred Woodard, O.S.B.,
artist in residence at Saint Martin’s University. “We are fortunate to
have a nationally recognized tenor in our midst,” says SMU Assistant
Professor of Music Darrell Born. “Our students benefit from the
opportunity to hear and perform with Brother Aelred. He is a superb role
model and mentor to our young vocalists.”
Born has spent the first part of the semester
preparing Saint Martin’s choral students for the “Messa,” a sacred work
consisting of five movements. “It is a beautiful piece,” remarks Born.
“In it, Puccini doubles the vocal lines with strings for a rich,
Ticket prices for the performance are $18 for
general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and $5 for children. No
advance tickets are available; tickets must be purchased at the door.
For more information, call the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
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:
Music Department director