March 30, 2016
Communications and Marketing
The college choir performed at Kylemore Abbey during a Spring Break concert tour in Ireland.
The Saint Anselm College Choir will perform its final concert for this academic year, Turas: A Global Journey Through Music, on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church. The concert is free and open to the public.
"Turas" is the Gaelic word for "pilgrimage" or "global journey," so this year's event will feature music from around the world and inspired by the Church's Year of Mercy; fitting given the choir's recent concert tour in Ireland. The performance will incorporate songs with lyrics in Estonian, Swedish, German, Latin, English, Haitian, and French.
"For the spring concert, I have kept with a global or world theme of music that invites the listener to begin a journey," says Choir Director Brandon Ring of the uniqueness of this year's performance. "The musical selections span not only genres, but also musical eras and continents and countries."
Directed and conducted by Ring and accompanied by Brother Andrew Thornton O.S.B. on the organ, the choir is composed of 62 Saint Anselm students of varying majors. The show is dedicated to the graduating senior members of the choir for their hard work and dedication to the program during their time on the Hilltop.
For 27 years, the Saint Anselm Choir has attended important moments in the life of the college community. Since 1987, they have sung liturgies in the Abbey Church. Each year the choir offers two free concerts to the community: DecemberSong and the spring concert. They also perform at the Sunday Choral Eucharist at 7 p.m. and at other events such as Family Weekend.
Story by Lauren Wanless '17