Theodicy Jazz Collective

Experience sacred music and liturgy in a fresh, new way with this jazz and vocal ensemble. Theodicy will present works from their original composition, Canterbury Jazz Mass, in concert on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, they will provide liturgical music for morning worship services at Presbyterian Church of the Cross. Vesper Concerts is excited to present Theodicy Jazz Collective in collaboration with the Hastings College Choir and the musicians of Presbyterian Church of the Cross.

Fun fact—lead vocalist Ann Phelps is a native of Nebraska and a graduate of Hastings College!

About Theodicy Jazz Collective

The Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008 to 2012. The band creates and leads services for a multitude of churches and cathedrals from Los Angeles to London, Minnesota to Mississippi, and offers lectures and workshops at high schools and colleges including Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale Universities. Incorporating sounds from the traditions of jazz and gospel music and rhythms from Latin America and Africa, the music is a constant prayer, sometimes a shout of joy, sometimes a call to action, sometimes a cry for hope. Theodicy has provided music for conferences and in communities such as the National Council of Churches, the Washington National Cathedral, The House of Bishops and General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and Canterbury Cathedral.

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Live and Local Interview

Hear more about this concert from Vesper Concerts executive director, Kristi Treu.