The OLLU Music Program will present Lessons and Carols, an ecumenical Advent service, at 6:30 p.m. today in Sacred Heart Chapel. It will feature the choirs of OLLU, Musica Sacra San Antonio, and Northwood Presbyterian Church.
Lessons and Carols is an ecumenical Advent service inspired by the choral tradition of King’s College, Cambridge. Readings are centered around the birth and second coming of Jesus Christ, and are accompanied by anthems, hymns, and carols of the season. Biblical themes of social justice are brought to the forefront, and glorious music, both ancient and modern, rings through the world-class Sacred Heart Chapel.
Dr. Owen Duggan is the music director. Professor Mark Marty is the co-director and organist. Dr. William Benefield also is an organist.
The OLLU Music Program’s Fall 2021 Recital Series continues on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with Dr. Jacquelyn Mata and Erin McAdams presenting a recital of sacred songs by women composers in Sacred Heart Chapel. Dr. Mata, a mezzo soprano, and McAdams, a pianist, will highlight the works of lesser-known composers, including women of color.
The recital is connected to a larger and ongoing research project focusing on the compilation of lesser-known sacred solo songs for use by sacred music programs with the goal of offering a greater diversity of options in sacred solo programming.
OLLU’s Mariachi de los Santos was recently invited by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to be one of the featured pre-recorded musical performances at the HACU President’s VIP Cultural Presentation Event to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the association’s founding in San Antonio. The presentation will take place virtually on Oct. 26 from 5-6 p.m. This event will pay tribute to HACU’s founders and integrate an educational component highlighting the Hispanic culture and the tradition of the Day of the Dead, a celebration of life.
HACU was founded in 1986 with 18 institutions seeking to advance opportunities for Hispanic Serving Institutions and the students they serve – with Our Lady of the Lake University as a HACU founding institution and the first home to the association. For more information about attending the virtual event, visit the HACU website.