Pray during vespers at Church of the Redeemer. The next service is January 29, 2017, at 7:00 pm. This half-hour service of music, scripture, and prayer has the theme of the Beatitudes.
The women of the Redeemer Choir will be joined by members of Seattle Pro Musica to sing at this service. Music for this service includes an anthem by Bern Herbolsheimer, “Blessed.”
Vesper services at Redeemer are similar to compline, with some differences. One difference is that vespers at Redeemer are not strictly sung by the choir. There are spoken readings. The congregation participates with singing some of the chants and saying some of the prayers.
One distinctive difference with vespers at Redeemer is a five minute or so period of silence. You may silently read Psalms in a Book of Common Prayer available at your seat. Or you may meditate. Try contemplating on the meaning of one of the readings.
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. Join us during vespers for meditative prayer and praise.
Bern Herbolsheimer (September 2, 1948–January 13, 2016) received recognition throughout the United States and Europe for over 500 works for ballet, symphony, opera, chamber music, and choir.
A frequent award winner, Herbolsheimer was a Seattle Artist-in-Residence for the Seattle Arts Commission. He was also the Washington State Composer of the Year for the Washington State Music Teacher Association in 1987. (Alan Hovhaness was WSMTA Composer of the Year in 1985.)
Herbolsheimer won the Melodious Accord Choral Music Competition for “Te Deum.” In addition, he won the National Opera Association’s New Opera Competition for Aria da Capo.
He received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Seattle Symphony, and from numerous local organizations.
Herbolsheimer served on the music faculty of Cornish College. At Cornish, he taught composition-related classes and held a private studio. For the 2000–2001 school year he was selected as the Outstanding Teacher of Music at Cornish College.
At the University of Washington, Herbolsheimer was on the faculty where he taught graduate classes in the voice program.
The Listener’s Club had this to say about the anthem for this vespers service:
“Blessed” is a serene, meditative setting of a text from the Beatitudes. There’s something almost hypnotic about the quiet, repeated underlying chords in the piano. We keep getting pulled back to the eternity of E major.
Herbolsheimer was the composition instructor at Cornish for Sheila Bristow, music director at Redeemer.
Seattle Pro Musica
The mission of Seattle Pro Musica is to enrich and inspire audiences, singers, and community through the experience of choral artistry, and to increase access to and appreciation of choral music.
The next Seattle Pro Musica concerts are on February 25-26, 2017, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. These concerts are included in the Herbolsheimer Festival 2017. Along with Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and music by other composers, Seattle Pro Musica will sing “As Water Ascends to a Cloud” and “O Lord, Increase My Faith” by Herbolsheimer. Tickets are available online, along with other concerts.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. The campus is a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. Turn at the Episcopal Church shield sign, and go down the hill. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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