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Malone University Christmas at Malone concert partners with Canton Museum of Art exhibition of The Saint John’s Bible

November 7, 2013 | Release # 6768

Christmas at Malone

Photo credit: To the Ends of the Earth, Donald Jackson and Andrew Jamieson, 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used with permission.

College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences. The Malone University Department of Music will present "Christmas at Malone — Illuminating the Word" Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The concert is being sponsored by CSE Federal Credit Union.

This special presentation of Christmas at Malone combines the Word and music in a joyful celebration of the Nativity, and is presented in conjunction with the Canton Museum of Art's exhibition, "Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible," opening December 5 and on view through March 2.

In addition, Malone University lecturer of art, Michele Waalkes, will serve as curator for a related exhibit, Sacred Voices. Waalkes and her family lived for a semester in Bahrain while her husband Scott Waalkes, Ph.D., professor of international politics at Malone, completed a Fulbright Scholarship in the largely Muslim country.

Considered a Sistine Chapel of the modern era, The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated (illustrated / decorated) Bible in more than 500 years — all 73 books of the Old and New Testaments presented in seven volumes of approximately 1,150 pages — and produced using entirely medieval techniques and materials. This magnificent exhibit features 34 displays of 68 original pages, and is the first touring exhibit to show works from all seven completed volumes. Also on display will be the materials used to create the work.

In 1995, Saint John's University and Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota initiated a major undertaking to produce a contemporary illuminated Bible using entirely medieval techniques and materials. Work on the Bible started with the first words penned on Ash Wednesday, March 8, 2000, and the last word, "Amen," written on May 9, 2011. The Saint John's Bible was executed by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars.

The Saint John's Bible is monumental in size (nearly 2' tall x 3' wide when open) and was produced on calfskin vellum using goose, turkey and swan quills; lamp black ink from 19th century Chinese ink sticks; cakes and powdered pigments mixed with egg yolk and water; gold leaf; and stencils and stamps used to apply paint and gold powder throughout. The finished pages today remain unbound. The Saint John's Bible is, as Smithsonian magazine proclaimed, "One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time."

The Canton Museum of Art will also feature a related exhibition entitled Sacred Voices, showcasing works from artists around the country who express their faith through their art. In addition, a series of collaborative events are being programmed, featuring the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Canton Palace Theatre, VOCI and a wide range of education outreach events with regional churches, synagogues, musical and choral groups.

The Saint John's Bible is an event not to be missed! This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Malone University. Malone University is the permanent home of a Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible – a rare, numbered, full-sized, signed reproduction of the original masterpiece. Visit www.cantonart.org to learn more about the exhibit.

Concert admission is $10 general admission ($12 at the door) and $7 senior citizens over 60 ($8 at the door). Malone University students with an ID receive free admission. Visit www.malone.edu/christmas or call 330-471-8231 for ticket information or to make reservations. 

For more information about the Department of Music at Malone University, click here.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
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Cell: 330-324-2424

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