Saturday, October 25, 2014

An Irish Concert At The Monastery!

This week we had the joy of attending a 'concert' of Irish hymns and songs covering all the seasons in our lives: from All Saints, to All Souls, Advent, Christmas, Lent, St. Patrick's Day, Annunciation, Eastertide, Ascension and inspiring hymns on the journey of hope to Eternal Life...right here in the guest parlor of our monastery!

Thanks to our Novitiate Organ Teacher, Jill Mueller who graciously brought the rehearsal of the concert that will be given to the Nativity Parish Church on Sunday to us so that we wouldn't miss out on this beautiful performance of church songs of Ireland.

The two young talented artists were from Ireland: Alexander Harding Bradley and Luke Edward Harding Bradley.  Currently, they are both students at Nativity School across the street from the monastery.

Alexander is a 13-year-old boy soprano who was trained at Piccolo Lasso in Dublin, Ireland.  At 11 year-old, he was invited to join the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir, with which he traveled and sang as a soloist and choir member in concerts throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australia.  When we asked which country was his most memorable one, he mentioned Australia!

Luke Edward is a 12-year-old treble soloist, though his voice could go as high as his brother!  He was also trained at Piccolo Lasso where he became leader and head boy in 2012.  He has sung in concerts and Masses throughout Europe and has performed in several operas, in Sweden, at Westminster Cathedral in London and even for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in 2012!

The concert will be presented at Nativity Church, on 210 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park on Sunday October 26th from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.  Admission is free, but if desired, contributions may be made to the Nativity Parish Church Music Fund.  It is worth your time and will be the most enriching event spiritually and culturally.

 Alexander and Luke Edward after the rehearsal with proud Uncle David, Mom Elenor, Jill the Pianist and Susann her helper

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