Sundays, November 29 and
December 6, 13, and 20, 2020
3:30 pm (Central Time via email)
Seven short verses are sung before the Magnificat during the Evening Prayer of the Church on the seven days before the vigil of Christmas. Each begins with the exclamation “O.” Each ends with a plea for the Messiah to come.
In these pre-recorded Advent Evensongs spanning the four Sundays of Advent, Lumina Women’s Ensemble will progressively sing through the first four O Antiphons: Wisdom, Adonai, Radix Jesse, and Clavis David as well as feature a Marian motet.
Interwoven into each Evensong, you will find Artist Ansgar Holmberg’s, CSJ, O Antiphon images which invite a transformation from the traditional O Antiphons into the context of evolutionary cosmology. Music will bookend poetry by Joan Mitchell, CSJ, which complements these images celebrating the incarnation of God as one of us in Jesus.
Please RSVP. You will receive each pre-recorded Advent Evensong on each of the four Sundays of Advent at 3:30 pm Central Time in your email inbox. Use the gift of this beautiful music, imagery, and poetry as a contemplative meditation in your Advent journey
- To accompany this experience, you are invited to visit Ansgar Holmberg’s O Antiphon exhibit at the Carondelet Center from December 1 – 31. The exhibit is available for viewing when the building is open. Building hours.
- Make December brighter, more prayerful with Praying the Advent Names of God. This book is beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, with prayers and poems by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. The images and prayers are rooted in Israel’s longings for a messiah, reimagined in our evolving cosmos today.
Linda Kachelmeier (Artistic Director, 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.
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.