Saturday, December 21, 2019
Exploring mystery, beauty, and hope in music spanning centuries, Lumina creates a richly diverse program from medieval carols to pieces by living and local composers.
Featuring music for Solstice, Advent, and Christmas, these four radiant voices will illuminate our darkest days.
Lumina is a professional women’s ensemble in the Twin Cities dedicated to the mystery, beauty, and hope inherent in music. Our goal is to share the spiritual experience of music with others in both sacred and secular settings, with a focus on churches, schools, and care facilities for older adults. Our programming draws from a rich well of musical sources, including Medieval chants, Renaissance motets, folk song traditions, and works by living and local composers
Linda Kachelmeier (Artistic Director and Alto) is a singer, composer, pianist and conductor. Linda has performed with such diverse professional groups as The Dale Warland Singers, VocalEssence, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Dare to Breathe, and the internationally acclaimed early music group, The Rose Ensemble, of which she is a founding member.
Besides LUMINA, Linda can be seen as a freelance singer in various groups around the Twin Cities. As a composer, she was awarded a 2017 McKnight Fellowship, and is a two-time recipient of both the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program for Emerging Composers, and the Faith Partners residency through the American Composers Forum. Since 1991 she has been Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul.
Angela Grundstad (Soprano) hails from Iowa, where she started her musical journey performing with groups such as the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, StageWest Theatre Company, Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum, Des Moines Metro Opera, and as adjunct voice faculty at Drake University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Simpson College where she was a member of the internationally known Madrigal Singers, and her Master of Music Degree from Louisiana State University.
Angela started singing with Lumina Women’s ensemble when the group was founded in 2014. She is also a member of the Mirandola Ensemble and Consortium Carrissimi. Angela is very fortunate to have performed with Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Magpies and Ravens, and various other freelance groups in the Twin Cities. She is currently a section leader and voice instructor at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park.
Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee), Clara Osowski (Alto) is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee and in most recent competition, Clara was the winner of the Houston Saengerbund Competition and became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. Clara received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in Voice from North Dakota State University in 2008, and Master of Arts Degree in Voice from the University of Iowa in 2010.
Clara’s passion for contemporary music is exhibited in the song-cycles she has premiered by numerous composers with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa, and her most recent collaborations with Linda Kachelmeier (Stars), Jeremy Walker (Alma Gentil), Linda Tutas Haugen (Gjendine’s Lullaby), Paul Rudoi (Midnight Songs) and James Kallembach (St. John Passion and Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams). As a recitalist, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, the International Workshop on the songs of Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway, and traveled to Tours, France, to attend the Académie Francis Poulenc. She was also featured in the 2014 Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, in Berea, Ohio.
In addition to her solo work, she participates in a number of ensembles, including Lumina Women’s Ensemble, the Rose Ensemble and Seraphic Fire.
Kim Sueoka (Soprano) is an active performer and teaching artist with Lumina Women’s Ensemble, Lau Hawaiian Collective, and COMPAS. She also delights in her work as a music enrichment facilitator at EXPO Elementary School in St. Paul and a staff singer and vocal coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. She is an artist-in-residence at Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education and an associate teaching artist with Kairos Alive.
Kim received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance at The University of Evansville and the University of Minnesota. She has performed nationally and internationally with The Rose Ensemble and appeared as a guest artist with the Neuss Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Ames Chamber Artists, Des Moines Choral Society, and the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival.
Her solo recordings include Clear or Cloudy: The Lute Songs of Dowland with lutenist Phillip Rukavina, Wai: Hawaiian Fresh Water Songs with Lau Hawaiian Collective, and The River Inside of Trees with composers Todd Harper and Paul Cantrell.
We Toast the Days by Linda Kachelmeier
Lumen (Abbie Betinis) – chant & 3-part canon | Performed by Lumina
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