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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No. 25 West Florida Clinches GSC Tournament Berth

first_imgNo. 25 West Florida Clinches GSC Tournament Berth April 28, 2007 Box Score  VALDOSTA, Ga. – It took a few innings for 25th-ranked West Florida (35-16, 9-7 GSC) offense to awaken, but when they did they pounded out 14 hits en route to a 9-4 victory over Valdosta State (26-27, 7-9 GSC) Saturday afternoon in game one of their three-game series in Valdosta, Ga.In the fourth inning, Valdosta State broke open the scoreless game on a two out two-run home run over the left field wall by Blazers catcher Richard Flores. Sydney Spell scored on the play after reaching on a bunt single.West Florida cut in the Valdosta State lead in half with one run in the fifth inning. Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) lead off the inning with a two base error on a deep drive to center field. Antoske would score on a Clay Wallace (Bay Minette, Ala. / Faulkner State CC) single to center field.The Argonauts took the lead in the game with a four-run sixth inning. Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) and Kyle Brown (Gulf Breeze, Fla./ Gulf Breeze HS) lead off the inning with back-to-back singles. Antoske knocked in both runners with a two-run triple down the right field line and would score on an Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) single to left field. Jason Kohl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) scored the final Argonauts run of the inning from third when Justin Wood (Pensacola, Fla./ West Florida HS) hit a sacrifice fly to right field, making the score 5-2.The Blazer struck back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Two walks and a Flores double loaded the bases for Valdosta State and they scored the first run on a fielder’s choice. D. Muniz hit an RBI single through the right side of the infield making the score 5-4.In their next at bat, West Florida pushed the lead to three once again with a two-run in the top half of the seventh. Huggins opened the inning with a double to right field and advance to third on a Brown sacrifice bunt. Kyle DeBos (Panama City Beach, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) walked to place runners on the corners and Antoske drove in his third RBI of the game with a single to center field. DeBos would score on a sacrifice fly giving the Argonauts a three-run lead.West Florida added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning, coming on four-consecutive base hits by Huggins, Brown, Kyle Andrews (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Fort Walton HS) and Antoske.Brett McCullough (Cantonment, Fla./ Lipscomb University) picked up his eighth win of the season tossing six complete innings allowing four runs on seven hits.Kit Powell (Daphne, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) picked up his first save of the season pitching the final three innings of the game for West Florida. Powell did not allow a single run, striking out four, walking one and giving up three hits.With the win the Argonauts clinch a berth in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. Game two of Saturday’s double header will is set to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. Follow the “Live Stats” and listen to the live broadcast at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers pick wrong time for photo op with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error People are speaking out on social media against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision to have Adrian Gonzalez present Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto with a customized jersey this week.The gift and photo op come while families wait for closure and others stage protests and hold vigils following 43 teaching students going missing after a confrontation with police in late September. The police have cartel ties and the students are presumed dead.If you have trouble viewing this on mobile, click herelast_img

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