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Title:A Very Marian Advent Prayer Service
Date:12/10/2023 (Sunday)
Address:4420 Geary Blvd
Location:San Francisco, CA
Hours:4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost/Cover:Please call or email for ticket info/cost.
Details:World premiere 2 new Christmas hymns: Mark Nowakowski's Chesterton Carol and Mina Pariseau's Our Lady Expectant: An Advent Carol

A Very Marian Advent Prayer Service: December 10 at 4 pm Pacific Star of the Sea San Francisco.

W elcome and join us for Benedict XVI Institute's newest annual San Francisco worship service! Archbishop Cordileone will lead us in Marian reflections for Advent, assisted by the Archbishop's Schola. The service begins at 4 pm at San Francisco's Star of the Sea, on December 10, right in between the Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and just before the week of the O Antiphons in the liturgy.

This prayer service will feature not one but two world premieres: the parish version of Mark Nowakowski's Chesterton Carol and Our Lady Expectant: An Advent Carol by a wonderful young woman composer Mina Pariseau that we discovered thanks to the Composer's Institute with Sir James MacMillan last May. These works were commission under the leadership of our composer-in-residence Frank La Rocca.

T his will be a rare opportunity to experience new sacred music as prayer not performance, led by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and four beautiful voices of the Archbishop's schola. Come and hear new sacred music that will thrill the soul and then meet the composers at the reception afterward.

R egister now so we know how many Christmas cookies and pizza to provide for the reception to follow. Your donations to this event make you a patron of the arts in a real sense. Your gifts also help us offer sacred beauty as the Church always has: for free to all, regardless of ability to pay. "Free is a terrible business model." We depend on the gifts the Lord inspires to continue this important work.

The prayer service begins at 4 pm and the reception will follow around 5 pm. Children are welcomed and encouraged.

F ellowship, friendship, creativity, cookies, and most important a chance to lift our hearts to God, staying close to his Mother in these last challenging weeks of her pregnancy as we wait for the Redeemer to be born.

A bout Mina Pariseau

" She is a very, very gifted composer" Sir James MacMillan

"Ms. Esary Pariseau's piece 'Verbum Supernum' is a highly skillful and expressive choral piece, and I am enthusiastic to bring more of her work to the attention of San Francisco Catholics." David Conte; Professor of Composition; Chair - San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mina Pariseau (nee Esary) is a Seattle-based composer who has received recognition for her work from organizations including the American Guild of Organists, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Hymn for Mercy, and Eastman School of Music. Mina's works have been performed by members of the Seattle Symphony, Rochester-based ensemble fivebyfive, and American Creator's Ensemble, and has participated in festivals such as Art Song Lab, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Nief-Norf's Composer-Performer-Improvisor summit, and the CMAA's Sacred Music Colloquium.She is currently writing a chamber opera for Seattle Opera, premiering in June 2024.

M ina Pariseau was one of the 8 composers accepted by Sir James MacMillan into the Composer's Institute we co-sponsored with the Catholic Sacred Music Project in Washington D.C. in May of 2023. "She is a very very gifted composer," Sir James told our executive director. David Conte, composer and professor of composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music agreed.

For this service, Mina Pariseau is setting to music the words of the poem "The Love Song of Our Lady of O" previously published in Catholic Arts Today by the award-winning poet Roseanne T. Sullivan. In 2020, "The Love Song of Our Lady of O was chosen for honorable mention in the Catholic Literary Arts Advent Sacred Poetry Contest.

Mina Pariseau holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters in Composition from Stony Brook University. T o learn more or to commission or rights for her work visit:

A bout Mark Nowakowski

"Intense emotional worldsT he Polish-American composer evokes dramatic and psychological atmospheres as if Bartok and Shostakovich were looking over his shoulder, but with his own sense of urgency, rhythm and colour." Gramophone magazine.

Mark Nowakowski's music has been commissioned and performed globally by such notables as the Kronos Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Silesian Quartet, Three Notch'd Road, Composers Inc, His Majesty's Men, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Orkiestra Camerata Stargard, The Cleveland Chamber Choir, Band of Voices, Stowarzyszenia Mozart, the Canton Symphony, Vox Musica of Sacramento, the "Chaps" Choir of Poland, the Choir of the Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the choirs of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the Cracow Brass Quintet, and many others. He currently serves as the composer in residence for His Majesty's Men, and the director and producer of the Vos Omnes Virtual Choir.

Reviewer David Denton writes of Mark's debut album on Naxos that "Mark Nowakowski has positioned himself among the cutting-edge composers." His second portrait disc - "Metanoia - quickly reached #1 on Amazon's new classical list.

T he Benedict XVI Institute has commissioned several pieces of work from Mark Nowakowski including the original version of The Chesterton Carol , 16 singers with orchestra, which was released during Covidtide via the Vos Omnes Virtual Choir and to date has garnered more than 17,000 views on YouTube.

M ark Nowakowski w rote about his creative process setting this carol for Catholic Arts Today: "Reading the lyrics of the Chesterton's A Christmas Carol , I was shocked at first by the seeming child-like simplicity in the text.Yet on closer read, this simplicity is deceptive: Chesterton's carol opens up into a deep contemplation on the shattering nature of the Incarnation. There is also the sweet Marian devotion subtext, and the way the Christ child seems to grow in each stanza, from infancy (laying in Mary's lap) to being a small child standing on her knee. In the first three stanzas, the parenthetical sections of each stanza look outward towards the world, disappearing in the second half of the final stanza, which strikes me either as the Parousia or its anticipation. Naturally as a composer this excited me: a gorgeous rhythmically simple text with deep, intertwining theological themes."

Beyond the classical and sacred music worlds, Nowakowski has also selectively worked in documentary film scoring. His score for "Discovering Tolkien" was shown internationally on EWTN, while his score for "Mass of the Ages" has become part of a viral hit which has garnered millions of views worldwide.

He has taught at the University of Maryland, Christendom College, Benedictine University, and DuPage College of Illinois and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Kent State University at Stark.

L earn more, for rights, and/or to commission his work at:

" Verbum Supernum," by Wilhelmina Esary Pariseau, sung by the Catholic Sacred Music Project Choir, Tim McDonnell conducting, as part of the 2023 Composer's Institute with Sir James MacMillan at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C.

"A d Te Levavi" by Mark Nowakowski sung by the Band of Voices, Dr. Alfred Calabrese conducting. This work was commissioned by the Benedict XVI Institute for its March 2023 Lenten Prayer Service at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco. National Catholic Register has the story:
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