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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SymQuest completes expansion and is hiring

first_imgSymQuest,Larry Sudbay, President and CEO of SymQuest® Group, the region’s leading provider of network and document technology solutions and services, is pleased to announce there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, January 10, at 8:00 am at the SymQuest Service Center, 30 Community Drive. The ceremony is to celebrate the opening of the new 2,800 sf expansion that will house SymQuest’s Network Operations Center (NOC).The NOC is the control center for SymQuest’s 25 top-level engineers who monitor, manage and remediate issues for close to two-thousand servers, workstations and other devices under their care. The newly renovated, secure space will provide enough room for another 12 engineers.SymQuest is experiencing growth throughout the organization. They are currently interviewing to fill 8 open positions at their South Burlington location and anticipate adding 65 positions within the next three years across their territory, which extends from the Adirondacks to the coast of Maine.SymQuest’s Network Managed Services division has been growing exponentially. Using the latest server and networking technologies is a must for companies today, however, maintaining the knowledge to work on these technologies is prohibitively expensive for most small and medium sized businesses. As companies’ networks, security and compliance needs continue to outpace the abilities of their in-house personnel, they are turning to experts like SymQuest to manage their networks.SymQuest’s NOC actively monitors their clients networks and can respond to and remediate issues often before the client has any idea there was a problem. Common errors, such as missed backups or hard drives that are reaching maximum capacity can be remediated with a simple phone call to the client. Other error codes are responded to without any action on the client’s part. The NOC Engineers remotely monitor servers, switches, routers, firewalls, wireless access points, tape drives and storage devices. They monitor spam, virus and malware filters to keep these devices protected from threats and running smoothly.A major differentiator between SymQuest and other companies in the networking business is SymQuest’s commitment to, and requirement for, continuous training to keep their engineers and technicians ahead of the technology curve. SymQuest leverages their partnerships with Cisco, Citrix, VMWare, eCopy, Microsoft, Dell Equilogic and others to stay abreast of changes so that their engineers understand the new technologies prior to their rollout.‘Our commitment to providing the highest level networking services is reflected in the enormous growth we’re seeing in this sector of our company. We’re pleased to be expanding our Network Operations Center to keep up with the growth. Providing high-level jobs in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Maine is a win-win for us and the economies of these states,’ said Sudbay.The SymQuest Group, Inc. maximizes the potential of technology in the business place, and offers networking and document management solutions with:â ¢ Computer-network design and installationâ ¢ Network support and performance monitoringâ ¢ Kyocera and Canon copier sales, service, and suppliesâ ¢ Kyocera and Hewlett Packard printer sales, services and suppliesâ ¢ Digital document storage and retrievalFor more than a decade, SymQuest Group, Inc., headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, (with additional offices located in Rutland, Vermont; Keene and West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Plattsburgh, New York; and Portland, Maine) has upheld its reputation as an affordable and accessible network infrastructure and document solutions technology services company; working extensively with small businesses, as well as larger enterprises. SymQuest Group, Inc. focuses on highly-customized and accessible customer service, innovative document solution programs, and the crafting of high-availability infrastructure solutions. United by the pursuit of excellence in information management, service and corporate responsibility, SymQuest’s experienced people, refined processes and best of technology keep its clients out front.South Burlington, VTlast_img read more

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Free yoga

first_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fenceviewer Staff Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island YMCA is offering free yoga classes outside on Sundays from 11 a.m.-noon this summer. Classes are set for July 13 and 27 and Aug. 10 and 24.Also new this summer, the staff at the MDI YMCA will offer a “La-Z Boy to 5K” program starting July 21 following the popular “Couch to 5K” format. Class ends with participants completing the YMCA’s Fall 5K on Sept. 20.There is space available in a new session of the MDI YMCA’s “LiveStrong at the YMCA” program. LiveStrong is a nine-week program to address the physical needs of cancer survivors and their families. Participants and their immediate family members receive a free three-month membership to the MDI YMCA.Contact the Y at 288-3511 for information on any of these programs.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

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Aleksandra Samardžić Won Silver Medal at the Youth Olimpics in Nanjing

first_imgYoung Bosnian judo representative Aleksandra Samardžić achieved a great success by winning the silver medal at the Youth Olimpic Games in the Chinese town Nanjing.Aleksandra placed herself in the finals by defeating her opponents from Spain and France in the category up to 78 kilograms.Her medal represents a great success for the B&H sport and represents an encouragement to young generations to follow her example.The B&H Olimpic Committee, although not using the budget, has, with no help from the countries authorities, ensured the money for all preparations and the participation at the qualification competition and is very proud of all success and medals young Bosnian sportsman achieve at the Youth Olimpic Games.This is the third medal for B&H at the YOG up to now: in 2010, in Singapore, Damir Džumhur (tennis) and Eldin Omerović (judo) won bronze medals at this highly prestigious sports competition.(Source: Klix)last_img read more

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