CAS Theodicy Jazz 2019

Wade in the Water

An Evening of Freedom Songs with Theodicy Jazz Collective

January 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

The Center for Arts and Spirituality welcomes Theodicy Jazz Collective back to NLC for an evening of music and conversation. The concert and discussion will focus on the historical roots of jazz, blues, and freedom songs, and their strong connection to spirituality. With repertoire that spans from Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" to John Coltrane's legendary, "Love Supreme," this concert explores the deep spiritual roots of improvised music. Incorporating sounds from jazz, gospel, Latin America and Africa, the music is a constant prayer, sometimes a cry of joy, sometimes a shout for action, sometimes a deep, silent, hope. Reception will follow the concert. You will not want to miss! Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome!

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And...Worship with Theodicy at NLC!

January 27, 2019 | 8:45am & 10:45am | Sanctuary

Theodicy Jazz Collective lead worship at NLC the following morning with Reverend Andy Barnett preaching.

About Theodicy Jazz Collective

Theodicy Jazz CollectiveThe Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008-2012. The band has performed and created services for a multitude of churches and cathedrals up and down the east coast, including workshops at Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Oberlin, and conferences from Los Angeles to London. TJC has performed for the National Council of Churches, Trinity Wall Street, The General Convention and House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and had a tour of England that culminated in the world premier of the group’s own composition, the Canterbury Jazz Mass, with the choirs at Canterbury Cathedral.  Learn more about Theodicy>


Andy BarnettFounding Director, Rev. Andrew K. “Andy” Barnett is an ordained priest, musician, and teacher at the Washington National Cathedral. Hailing from Minnesota (he grew up just down the street from Normandale and sang in our youth choirs), he earned degrees in music and environmental studies at Oberlin, then attended Yale Divinity School, Yale Environment School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He has performed broadly across the United States and England, including a commissioned jazz mass (with William Cleary) for Canterbury Cathedral incorporating sounds from jazz, gospel, Latin America and Africa. The music is a constant prayer, sometimes a cry of joy, sometimes a shout for action, sometimes a deep, silent, hope. In his environmental work, he researched and wrote for the Presidential Climate Action Project- a menu of policy options that was presented to President Obama and informed that administration’s climate action. He also served on the Episcopal Presiding Bishop's delegation to the UN climate summits in France, Morocco, and Germany.

About the Center for the Arts & Spirituality

Normandale Lutheran Church believes that nurturing the arts is an avenue for the growth of one's spiritual journey. Understanding that all gifts are given from God in Jesus Christ, we facilitate and encourage artistic expression.

cas logoThe Center for the Arts & Spirituality (CAS) strives to cultivate the arts and spirituality in a variety of ways. In addition to written expression, the visual and performing arts invite all to find God in ways beyond words. Sculpture, poetry, music, movement, dance, and more allow us to express our faith and grow on our spiritual journey.

Throughout the year, CAS will host Faith in the Arts, an intergenerational and interactive way to engage in various forms of art. The 2016-2017 Faith in the Arts season kicked off with Peace through the Visual Arts, and will also include a music event in January. A literary arts event is planned for fall 2017-2018. Each season will bring festival events, workshops, and opportunities for all ages.

Center for the Arts & Spirituality Workshops will be held throughout the year and are open to all. Many of the workshops and classes will be with artists featured in the Faith in the Arts series. Other workshops will be held in the summer months, such as the Brass Workshop and the upcoming Woodwind Workshop in the summer of 2017.

In addition, a cultivated concert series brings music to all. From the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra Family Concert to the National Lutheran Choir, the concert series brings exceptional music and makes it accessible to all.

For those interested in music lessons, CAS offers applied music lessons with select instructors teaching a variety of instruments for those of all ages wishing to study music.

Most events are free and all are open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact David Clarke, Director of Music and Worship at Normandale Lutheran Church, at / 952.929.1697 x366.

The Center for the Arts & Spirituality is led by: Dana Arnold, Kris Bigalk, David Clarke, J.D. Devine, Andrea Humphrey, Suzanne Klein, David Linne, and Dorothy Scott.