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BOSTON — The youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was honored Sunday at a Roman Catholic Mass on what would have been his ninth birthday.
The family of Martin Richard was joined by hundreds of people from Boston and the region in Sunday’s tribute at St. Ann Parish in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The congregation cheered as Martin’s 7-year-old sister, Jane, who lost a leg in the explosion, wheeled herself up the center aisle with the pastor.
Martin’s father, Bill Richard, described his son as an outstanding and curious student who loved astronomy, math and solving complicated problems, The Dorchester Reporter reported (http://bit.ly/19dT8VM).
Bill Richard, wearing a peace symbol button, said Martin helped younger students and settled disputes and enjoyed playing and winning at Monopoly.
Martin was one of three people killed in the April 15 bombings. More than 260 others were hurt, including most of Martin’s family.
His mother, Denise, suffered a head injury and lost vision in an eye. Father Bill received shrapnel wounds and burns to his legs and suffered hearing loss. The eldest child, Henry, was unharmed.
The Rev. Sean Connor spoke with Jane as they sat on the altar, surrounded by about 100 other youngsters, many of them friends and classmates. He recalled that Jane’s first words to him when he visited her at the hospital were, “Where have you been? You have to pray.”
The two prayed for the nurses, doctors and first responders and for Martin. Connor said Jane told him that Martin “lives in my heart.”
He advised the children to read the rosary and pray at home with their parents to help ease the pain of Martin’s loss.
“You teach your moms and dads to laugh and to love and that makes hope real for us,” he said.
BOSTON – The youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings has been honored at a Roman Catholic Mass on what would have been his ninth birthday.
The family of Martin Richard was joined by hundreds of people from Boston and the region in Sunday’s tribute at St. Ann Parish.
Martin was one of three people killed in the April 15 bombings.
Martin’s sister, 7-year-old Jane, lost a leg in the explosion. Their mother, Denise, suffered a head injury and lost vision in an eye. Their father, Bill, received shrapnel wounds and burns to his legs and suffered hearing loss. The eldest child, Henry, was unharmed.
The Dorchester Reporter reports (http://bit.ly/19dT8VM) that Bill Richard praised his family’s courage and wore a button with the peace symbol.
If there’s a work that crosses all boundaries of taste, that can speak to everyone, from fans of schmaltz to sworn classicists, it is Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem,” based on the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. To perform it this Saturday and Sunday night, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and the Collegium Singers Choir have invited two solo singers: baritone Oded Reich and soprano Enas Massalha, who…
Two restored World War II military jeeps led a caravan of veterans along River Street in Hyde Park, stopping at memorial squares dedicated to fallen soldiers who never returned to their neighborhoods.
Dressed in the green or tan Army uniforms of the era, a trio of re-enactors got out at each stop. and saluted as an honor guard from the Fogg/Roberts American Legion Post 78 fired three volleys from M1 rifles into the air. A lone trumpeter played â€œTaps.â€�
â€œThis means a lot to our family,â€� said Michael Greeley, 48, a nephew of Anthony Greeley, a deceased Army veteran of World War II and Korea, whose square is at the corner of Ellis Street. â€œThis is where he played. This is where he hung out.â€�
The younger Greeley, dressed as a World War II Army medic, a red cross sewn into the sleeve of a his jacket. â€œI think itâ€™s important that we honor those who served our country,â€� said Greeley, who is not a veteran.
John Moran, a past commander of the post, said the neighborhood salute is a Memorial Day tradition in Hyde Park.
â€œPeople drive by the squares every day, and they probably donâ€™t even notice them . . . But we know, they are for the fallen,â€� he said, after a wreath-laying ceremony at Fairview Cemetery.
The wreath-laying was held at the Civil War Memorial, which five months ago was the site of shocking vandalism.
The bronze statue of a union soldier, armed with a musket as he prepared for battle, was knocked off the large, granite stone where it had stood since 1911. The incident happened five months ago, and the statue is now being restored at a cost of $18,000, Moran said.
â€œThis is a complete desecration,â€� Moran said, addressing the silent crowd.
The American Legion Postâ€™s observance also included a Roman Catholic Mass at Most Precious Blood Church, where 160 veterans and local residents remembered the war dead in song, prayer and reflection.
â€œAmericans must remember that freedom isnâ€™t free,â€� said George Perry, an Air Force veteran, who was the guest speaker at the Mass. â€œWe must never lose focus of what Memorial Day means. Itâ€™s a day to remember.â€�
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St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1288 S. Indiana Ave., Crown Point, will host its free Breakfast and Blessings from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Those in need of a hot meal and anyone who is lonely and in need of company are welcome. A free will donation will be accepted. For more information, call (219) 663-1608.
Comedy on tap
The Stray Dogs Improv Comedy Club will perform a show at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St.
Admission is $5 at the door. All proceeds go directly to support the arts. Included in the evenings activities will be the premier of the club’s new video, “The Rights of Spring.”
Eggs for education
Colonel John Wheeler Middle School will hold its annual Egg Drop Contest for three seventh-grade teams at the end of May. The teams will be competing against each other to determine who has designed the most protective egg container.
The Crown Point Fire Department will help by dropping the containers from its lift. Students will then use their math skills on the collected data to write up their findings.
Chamber hosts expo
Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold the Best of the Northwest Expo – Improving Your Health, Business and Home Starts Here from 4 to 7 p.m. May 29 at the Radission Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville. This free event is open to the public. They do still have vendor space available.
Want to say “I do?”
Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce is also still looking for a couple to marry during this year’s Marriage Mill Celebration at 6 p.m. June 21 on the steps of the Old Lake Courthouse on the downtown square in Crown Point.
One couple will be married and then already-married couples will renew their vows.
For more information, call Farren at (219) 769-8180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Day services
On Memorial Day, May 27, St. Mathias Church will host a Roman Catholic Mass at 10 a.m. at Historic Maplewood Cemetery. Those attending the service at the corner of Wells and Pettibone streets, Crown Point, are asked to bring a lawn chair and encouraged to stay for the American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars program at 11 a.m.
That program will be followed by a tribute to Civil War veterans buried in Historic Maplewood Cemetery.
High school receives honor
Crown Point High School was recently recognized as one of Newsweek magazine’s Best 2000 Public High Schools in the nation. These schools have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates, according to the publication.
Crown Point is one of two area schools ranked in the upper half of the list.
By Dick Uliano
WASHINGTON – Law enforcement officers from throughout the area filled St. Patrick’s Church in Downtown Washington for the annual Blue Mass Tuesday.
The mass stems from a tradition dating back to 1934 when police officers would gather each year to pray for fellow officers who died in the line of duty and ask God’s blessing for their own safety.
In his homily, Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl saluted the first responders’ efforts after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon.
“The remarkable thing about that horrible day was to see those who simply ran to the scene of the tragedy,” Wuerl said.
“We have to keep in mind, at that point, no one knew if there might be additional explosives along that route,” Wuerl added.
Wuerl included firefighters and paramedics in his praise for those running into harm’s way to help save lives.
This year’s Blue Mass paid respect to 120 law enforcement officers nationwide, including 16 form the D.C. region, who died in the line of duty last year.
“Not every law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency responder or medical personnel returns home at the end of their watch,” Wuerl said.
Although the service is a Roman Catholic mass, Wuerl said that “all from every religious tradition and faith conviction are invited.”
The Blue Mass precedes the start of National Police Week this weekend. Law enforcement officers from across the nation will gather in Washington for meetings, seminars, other memorial services, an honor guard competition and a Washington Nationals baseball game.
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Ms. Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager who tried to attend the marathon every year, was buried after a Roman Catholic Mass in this middle-class Boston suburb where she grew up. Hundreds of family members and friends, as well as Gov. Deval Patrick and Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, attended the ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church, filing inside as a single bell tolled.
The church filled up quickly, leaving at least 100 mourners, including Julia Dziamba, 21, a college student who worked under Ms. Campbell at the Summer Shack, to linger outside and reflect with their own remembrances. “She always had a smile on her face, even if she was mad at us for not cleaning up or getting things done on time,” Ms. Dziamba said.
A cohort of police officers lined up as people entered and exited, representing many of the law enforcement agencies deeply tied to the week’s events. The group included members of the transit police, one of whose officers was wounded in a shootout with the bombing suspects; officers from Harvard, where Ms. Campbell used to work in food service; and officers from Medford and Arlington, two communities that she called home.
Members of Ms. Campbell’s family did not speak at the service, which was closed to the news media. The Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sang “Ave Maria” as an offertory hymn, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, offered the service’s final commendation. The Rev. Chip Hines reflected on Ms. Campbell during his homily.
“He talked about how Krystle was a smiling, happy, youthful, selfless person,” said Annemarie Harvey, 52, a family friend from Sandwich, Mass., as she drove from the funeral to Ms. Campbell’s burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Ms. Harvey was driving a pickup truck filled with boxes from a recent move that prevented her from attending the marathon last week. “Otherwise I would have been there, probably standing with her,” she said.
At the cemetery, Ms. Campbell’s family and friends gathered in a tight circle around her coffin, which was piled high with orange, coral and pink flowers — the vibrant colors that she liked, her grandmother, Lillian Campbell, explained after the ceremony.
“She didn’t like me if I wore black,” said Ms. Campbell, 79, who wore pink to the funeral to honor her youngest granddaughter. “She wanted me in bright colors all the time. It hasn’t even sunk in. I’ll miss her, that’s for sure. She was my baby girl.”
Ms. Campbell’s funeral was the first for a victim of the marathon bombings. On Monday night, some 850 members of the Boston University community gathered for a memorial for Lu Lingzi, the 23-year-old statistics graduate student killed as she stood with her friends at the finish line. She was a newcomer to this city, originally from China, and she was excited to attend one of the biggest annual events in her adopted home.
“While she was here, she fell in love with Boston and its people,” her parents wrote in an open letter posted last week on Boston University’s Web site. “We hope that everyone who knew Lingzi, and experienced the positive spirit and joy she had, will help carry on her spirit.”
Her parents, who arrived from China last week, attended the service. “She set her life and career goals early, determined to go abroad and see the world,” said her father, Lu Jun, in a eulogy he delivered in Chinese that was read again in English by Ms. Lu’s uncle, Yee Sherman. “Her compassion, sweet voice and beautiful smiles will stay forever in my heart.”
friends and Boston University faculty members and officials also shared remembrances.
“Neither of us had ever lived in an off-campus apartment and neither of us had boyfriends,” said her roommate, Jing Li, another Chinese graduate student. “We were long-lost sisters and could not wait to begin our adventure in Boston.”
“I had no idea this friendship could only last one year,” Ms. Jing said. “We will keep running to finish the race for you.”
Ms. Lu’s death was deeply resonant within Boston’s community of Chinese expatriates, and the memorial drew a large group of students and young professionals who said her story could easily have been theirs.
Boayuan Tian, 28, of Cambridge, remembered how she, too, had gone to the marathon after she first arrived in Boston five and a half years ago.
“I just feel a connection,” Ms. Tian said.
The university has established a scholarship fund dedicated to Ms. Lu’s memory, to which members of the university’s board of trustees have already contributed over $560,000.
The third person killed in the attack was an 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard.
Dina Kraft contributed reporting from Boston.
THIS charity concert was given by All Saints Players and Singers in aid of British Heart Foundation.
Beginning with Bach’s Sixth Brandenburg Concerto this has the unusual feature of not using any violins in the score and in this performance the two violas and cello are prominent with two other cellos taking the part of the viola da gambas.
There is a beautiful Adagio and lively Allegro which the strings played in a very capable manner.
Brahms Second Serenade was written in 1859 and was dedicated to Clara Schumann. It was revised in 1875 and is scored for standard orchestra but once again without violins.
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The opening theme is given by clarinet and bassoons with responses from the remaining instruments.
There follows a joyous theme started by the clarinets with two fresh ideas cleverly interwoven before the dreamy rhythm of the Adagio is introduced by the strings and this section is considered to be among the most poetic works that Brahms wrote. A lively Rondo brought this work to a pleasing end.
Faure’s Requiem was composed between 1887 and 1890 and is the choral and orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the dead.
It has become one of this composer’s most popular works and he said: “It wasn’t written for anything special – for pleasure if I may call it that.”
The Libera Me, here sung sensitively and with great feeling by Andy Marshall (baritone) was written a lot earlier as an independent work.
In the final version there are seven movements. The Kyrie opens softly before becoming louder and eventually fading away.
In the choruses the choir excelled itself with controlled singing of the highest order. Pie Jesu is really more suited to the softer tones of the treble but Charlotte Newstead used her considerable experience to bring out the different moods successfully. The last chorus In Paradisum is full of expressive melody and then dies away to oblivion.
John Davenport kept his forces under complete control in a stunning performance.
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Mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura will be one of the featured soloists in a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem,” a cooperative effort between the Oakland Choral Society and Friends of the Opera along with the Jackson Chorale, soloists and a full orchestra.
Irina Mishura, mezzo-soprano, will be one of the featured soloists in a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem,” a cooperative effort between the Oakland Choral Society and Friends of the Opera along with the Jackson Chorale, soloists and a full orchestra.
This event, including Quinto Millito’s “Kyrie,” will be conducted by Maestro Frederic DeHaven under Milito’s artistic direction.
Soloists for “Requiem” in addition to Mishura are soprano Ashley Bahri, tenor Carlos Seise and bass Luiz Ottavio Faria. “Kyrie” soloists are soprano Amy Blevins, mezzo-soprano Leah Dexter, tenor Seise and bass Faria.
FYI: The “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Hugo of the Hills, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills. Tickets are $20 and $35. Visit www.oaklandchoralsociety.org, or call 248-391-0184 or Friends of the Opera at 313-582-0997.
Russian-born Irina Mishura’s international career has spanned 25 years, establishing her as one of the world’s most important dramatic mezzo-sopranos. Mishura earned the U.S. equivalent of a master of music degree in vocal arts at the prestigious Gnesinikh Music Institute in Moscow in 1984.
She is a Bloomfield Hills resident, well known to audiences throughout North America, where she has performed at the most prestigious opera houses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Toronto and the Metropolitan Opera. Mishura has starred in many opera houses around the world including London, Vienna, Italy, Germany, Spain, Israel and Japan.
The “Requiem” is the composer’s most famous nonoperatic work. The text is largely based on the Roman Catholic “Mass for the Dead.” Verdi selected the specific text he wanted, omitting the Gloria and Credo, then rearranged the order as he preferred.
In 1873, Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni, whom Verdi admired greatly, died unexpectedly. Verdi was deeply affected by the poet’s death and decided to compose a requiem in tribute to Manzoni. The complete “Requiem” was first performed in the church of San Marco in Milan, exactly a year after Manzoni’s death with Verdi conducting. The “Requiem” was an overnight sensation and Verdi toured with the piece to Italy, Paris, Vienna and London.
John Nelson conduct’s Bach’s Mass in B minor Wednesday night at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Lincoln Park. Photo: Charles Osgood
“It is finished,” to quote a biblical line associated with the season. The first complete cycle of the Chicago Bach Project’s ambitious annual Holy Week presentations of Bach’s three major choral works culminated Wednesday night with the performance of the Mass in B minor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Lincoln Park.
Sponsored by the west-suburban based Soli Deo Gloria—founded twenty years ago primarily as a vehicle for commissioning new sacred works—the Chicago Bach Project is patterned after a similarly successful decade-long French series begun by SDG artistic director John Nelson, which alternated the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion and the Mass in B minor in annual rotation during Holy Week at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
What Bach, a devout 18th century Lutheran, was doing writing such an elaborate Latin setting of the Roman Catholic Mass, which was never performed in his lifetime, we will never know for sure, but the Mass in B minor stands as a cornerstone of Western art. The work not only often heads the short list of greatest mass settings ever put to music, but represents the final statement on sacred music from the composer who, for many, reigns as the supreme musical genius of all time.
The modern-instrument orchestra was the smallest yet assembled for the series as was the chorus. Exquisitely prepared by former Lyric Opera chorus master Donald Nally, there were moments when the balance cried out for either a larger chorus or more projection from the singers, the sound being a bit anemic compared to the orchestra.
As has been true of the entire series, the vocal quartet was uneven with none of the singers possessing early-music technique nor being thoroughly at home with this style of music, which produced mixed results.
Soprano Nicole Cabell certainly gave her sections plenty of heart and beautiful sound, given the difficult task of having to blend with the shopworn and unpredictable vibrato of mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel, who was unable to scale brisk passages and whose upper register was often unfocused. That said, when things slowed down and stayed in the lower range in the Benedictus, Henschel brought considerable beauty and poignancy to the climax of the work.
Tenor Stanford Olsen was reliable throughout the evening; bass-baritone Matthew Brook often sounded dry and raspy, sometimes inaudible in the lower register.
Of course, it is the choruses and chorales that are the highlight of the work, and despite the thin choral sound, Nelson was often able to compensate by having the forces sing transparently and with focus, brilliantly building in momentum and dynamics as needed.
The swimmy acoustic of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, the home of the Chicago Bach Project since its inauguration in 2011, remains problematic, but this year, previously used screens behind the orchestra were dispensed with and the chorus placed as far back in the sanctuary as possible. This, taken with the orchestra spread immediately in front of it, allowed for the half dome behind the sanctuary to act as a natural shell of sorts. That setup produced the best sound of the three years, although there were times when Nelson’s brisk and lively tempos ran ahead of the resonant venue.
The Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, which were presented after an intermission, were by and large more polished than the Kyrie and Gloria that made up the first half of the evening, the climactic choral sections ringing out with immense jubilation, Nelson keeping an eye on the overall structure of the piece during every section.
After three years of presenting these concerts on the Wednesday of Holy Week, next year the Chicago Bach Project is experimenting with the slight change of moving the performance to the Friday evening before Palm Sunday in an attempt to avoid the midweek pre-Easter crunch for church activities, performer availability and the late-night endurance of audience members.
The Chicago Bach Project will present the St. Matthew Passion April 11, 2014 at St. Vincent DePaul Parish. sdgmusic.org; 630-894-4300.
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