Song by Notre Dame Folk Choir featured in ‘Lady Bird’

first_imgNotre Dame shares a connection with the five-time Oscar nominated film “Lady Bird,” as it features a song by the Notre Dame Folk Choir at the end of the movie.“Lady Bird” — which depicts the coming-of-age story of a girl as she attends a Catholic high school, fills out college applications, experiences her first love and navigates a tumultuous relationship with her mother — utilizes the song by the Folk Choir during a crucial point in the main character’s journey, choir director Karen Schneider-Kirner said.“The song is featured at the very end of the movie, when the lead character, played by actress Saoirse Ronan, has an awakening moment and realizes the gift of her family and mother in particular,” Schneider-Kirner said in an email.The song, Schneider-Kirner said, is “Rosa mystica,” a song from the Folk Choir’s 1996 album, “Prophets of Joy.” She said Trappist monk Fr. Chrysogynus Waddell composed the song as a hymn to Mary “with a text dating back to the 16th century.”Senior and choir president William Maher said part of the reason the scene in which the song plays is poignant is because the lyrics to “Rosa mystica” parallel the stage Ronan’s character has reached in her life.“The song, the lyrics themselves talk about changing and the transformation that happens when you accept Christ into your life,” Maher said. “Everything about it was just perfect.”Maher said “Rosa mystica” had a particularly significant meaning to the Folk Choir even before it appeared in “Lady Bird.”“It is definitely a song that we love to sing; it is something that we find really special as well,” he said. “When we are all together at our tours or social gatherings, we sing this song, and it was really special to see and hear that in the context of the movie.”Because the song holds such deep meaning for the choir, Schneider-Kirner said it was important for her and the rest of the choir to hear the song featured at what they believe is a pivotal moment in the film.“A large group of us went to see the film at [the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center] this past Saturday night,” she said, “It was a tear-jerker moment when I heard the song during the movie, as I’ve often directed that piece through the years during my [20-plus] years of association with this choir, and I knew the composer, who is now deceased.”Maher said it is unclear exactly how the production team of “Lady Bird” chose “Rosa mystica” to be in the movie, but he believes the piece must have touched them the way it touches the members of the Folk Choir.“We were just lucky in that we had this piece that we have been singing for decades now that they found to be appropriate,” Maher said.Schneider-Kirner said she is nearly certain there is some kind of Notre Dame connection within the production team of the movie. Either way, however, Schneider-Kirner said she is proud the Folk Choir could contribute to the film in this way.“The most rewarding part of this experience is being able to share this piece that we have long known and loved, appropriately dedicated to Our Lady, with a worldwide audience,” she said. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our choir.”Tags: coming-of-age, Film, Lady Bird, Music, Notre Dame folk choirlast_img read more

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EU Pledges $26.6 Million to Fight Hunger in Haiti

first_img The European Union has pledged $26.6 million (20 million euros) to help improve food security in Haiti, where a study found more than 1.5 million people are at high risk of going hungry. The aid agreement, signed on January 15 by the head of the EU delegation in Haiti, Javier Niño Perez, is aimed in particular at improving food security in five of the most at-risk departments, according to an EU statement. Last month, Haiti and the United Nations called for $144 million to address food security in the Caribbean nation — which was already the poorest in the Americas when it was devastated by a 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people. “The situation of food insecurity has worsened in a very worrying manner in Haiti,” said a recent report by Haiti’s National Council for Food Security. The report highlighted that in areas facing drought, around 39 percent of the population are unable to ensure consistent access to sufficient amounts of safe, nutritious food. And in areas where 2012’s storms brought flooding, 17 percent of the population faces heightened food insecurity. During a recent visit to Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalina Georgieva, said Haiti “was not finished” needing aid, three years after the devastating quake. Haiti is the largest beneficiary of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid in Latin America and the Caribbean, with approximately $347 million (260 million euros) provided since 1995. By Dialogo January 18, 2013last_img read more

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John Lamb’s return to majors spoiled by bullpen in Angels’ loss

first_imgThrough three innings, Lamb didn’t allow a run. Chad Pinder hit a homer in the fourth, the first run of the game. Lamb then tacked on a scoreless fifth, just after the Angels had given him a 3-1 lead on a Chris Young three-run homer.But it didn’t last. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousOakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, celebrates with pitcher Blake Treinen after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lamb throws against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher fields a ground ball hit by Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie before throwing out Athletics’ Chad Pinder at second base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young, right, is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel (21) after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lamb throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young (24) celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young celebrates after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis, left, celebrates with Matt Olson after both scored on an RBI single by Stephen Piscotty during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)A mascot resembling former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dennis Eckerlsey watches action from behind a scoreboard over Los Angeles Angels left fielder Chris Young during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Athletics and the Angels in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) scores past Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jake Jewell throws against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, celebrates with pitcher Blake Treinen after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lamb throws against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lamb throws against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ExpandOAKLAND — John Lamb’s nice comeback story was erased quickly in one disappointing sequence from Noé Ramírez.Lamb, making his first big league appearance in nearly two years, had a one-run lead when he ran out of pitches in the sixth inning, prompting the Angels to give the ball to Ramírez.By the time Ramírez got the next three outs, the Angels were down by two on their way to a 6-4 loss to the Oakland A’s on Saturday.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Lamb gave up two runs in five-plus innings in his debut with the Angels, the latest stop in the winding major league journey for the Laguna Hills High product. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Lamb started the sixth with 84 pitches, which was around his limit for the entire minor league season. Lamb said he’d had no trouble with his back all year, and wasn’t sure why the Angels had been keeping his pitch count so low.Manager Mike Scioscia had said before the game that Lamb “had missed a considerable amount of time” and was “building back into his stamina.” Still, Lamb said he felt “great” before he went back out to the mound for the sixth. On his 88th pitch, he gave up a homer to Marcus Semien, and he was pulled in favor of Ramírez.Ramírez hit Pinder with a curve ball on his first pitch. After an out, he walked Khris Davis, and then he hit Matt Olson in the foot with a changeup, loading the bases. Ramírez struck out Dustin Fowler, to get within an out of escaping.But Ramírez then walked Jonathan Lucroy to tie the game, and he gave up a two-run single to Stephen Piscotty to put the A’s ahead. It was the 14th blown save of the season for the Angels, tied for the second most in the majors.“Noé has been throwing the ball really well for us,” Scioscia said. “He just didn’t have his release point this afternoon. He made some good pitches in between, but a lot of the damage was done on getting in bad counts.”Although it was clear quickly that Ramírez didn’t have it, Scioscia didn’t really have the luxury of giving him a quick hook because of the state of the Angels bullpen. Scioscia said they had a plan to get through the final four innings, but it was based on Ramírez being able to get four or five outs, as he had for much of the season.With Jim Johnson this week following Keynan Middleton and Blake Wood to the disabled list, and with Justin Anderson having thrown 28 pitches the night before, the Angels’ bullpen was thin. They likely needed Ramírez, José Álvarez and Blake Parker to collaborate on those final 12 outs.“We had it lined up,” Scioscia said. “We had enough pitching with what we had. But unfortunately, that sixth inning went the wrong way.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “I had a great time,” Lamb said. “Obviously it’s unfortunate when you lose a ballgame, but selfishly it was definitely fun to be on a big league field, trying to help a team win a ballgame.”Lamb’s last major league game was July 16, 2016, exactly 23 months ago. Since then he’d had his second back surgery and he’d been suspended for 50 games a second violation of minor league baseball’s drug policy. He’d been let go by the Cincinnati Reds, let go by the Angels and re-signed by the Angels.Lamb got a shot to return to the big leagues because the Angels placed three starting pitchers on the disabled list in the last 10 days: Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards and Nick Tropeano. Lamb became the Angels’ 10th starting pitcher this season.Related Articleslast_img read more

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