On Sunday, June 5, 2016, Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington, welcomes you to learn more about the teaching and music of St. Hildegard of Bingen. She was a 12th century abbess, writer, composer, and mystic. Linda Strandberg, Seattle area expert on the life and music of Hildegard, will join us.
For adult education on Sunday, June 5, at 9:30 am, Linda Strandberg presents Hildegard as a Renaissance Woman in Medieval Times: teacher, leader, visionary, healer, feminist, theologian, composer, artist, and herbalist. We’ll discuss elements of her remarkable qualities, especially many of those which seem especially relevant at this time: expressions and observations of ‘visionary beauty and intellectual power.’
During Evening Vespers at 7:00 pm, Strandberg directs the women of the Church of the Redeemer Choir in the music of Hildegard of Bingen. Evening Vespers is a service of readings, music, and silence to help us hear God.
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington.
Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen (1098—1179) was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, scientist, and visionary.
One of Hildegard’s works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama. Hildegard wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts. There are also letters, liturgical songs, and poems that she wrote. While writing the Rupertsberg manuscript of her first work, Scivias, Hildegard supervised miniature illuminations for the book. She invented a constructed language, known as Lingua Ignota.
On October 7, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Hildegard a Doctor (teacher) of the Church. The Roman Catholic Church has only named 35 people a Doctor of the Church. Of those 35, only four are women.
Hildegard is remembered on September 17 in Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006 of the Episcopal Church.
God of all times and seasons: Give us grace that we, after the example of your servant Hildegard, may both know and make known the joy and jubilation of being part of your creation, and show forth your glory not only with our lips but in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Linda Strandberg is a soprano of varied musical interests. She feels fortunate to have been able to explore vocal music from medieval through contemporary times.
She worked extensively with Margriet Tindemans, performing medieval and baroque repertoire. This includes numerous recitals of the music of Hildegard of Bingen. She had been a frequent soloist with the Medieval Women’s Choir under the direction of Tindemans. Strandberg continues to solo with the Medieval Women’s Choir under the direction of Eric Mentzel.
In the Seattle area, Strandberg was a founding member of Choral Arts, were she sang for 15 years under the direction of Richard Sparks. For 20 years, she sang with the Tudor Choir. Presently, Strandberg sings with the Byrd Ensemble.
She studied Art Song at the Academy of Singing in Banff with Herta Glaz, Later Glaz awarded Strandberg a graduate tuition scholarship at University of Southern California.
Strandberg’s undergraduate honors thesis work focused on Renaissance song. She studied French Baroque music at the Aston Magna Institute.
On the West Coast, Strandberg has performed the contemporary works of Trimpin with Rinde Eckert. This has been at the On the Boards series in Seattle and as a part of the Stanford Live arts series in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the East Coast, Strandberg has toured with the Fisher Ensemble, singing several leading roles.
Strandberg’s interest in Hildegard’s music is deepened by a resonance with Hildegard’s focus on the spiritual qualities of nature and natural science, medicine, and art.
Church of the Redeemer
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Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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