Santa Clara University


Plegaria de liberación

Paying a musical tribute to the martyrs

Photo: Charles Barry

There was new music in the Mission in November—composed by SCU student Sally Lynn Mitchell ’11 and performed by the Santa Clara Chamber Singers. Fr. Sobrino’s lecture was preceded by a performance of Mitchell’s choral composition Plegaria de Liberación (Prayer of Liberation), commissioned especially for the occasion.

A music major with an emphasis in composition, Mitchell used vocal forces symbolic of the events of November 1989 in El Salvador: Male voices in the choir allude to the Jesuit martyrs, and the female voices recall the women who tragically lost their lives while faithfully serving the Jesuit household. The use of English in tandem with Spanish in the piece suggests that people from all over the world must actively engage with one another to promulgate this theology of equality.