LYRA Concert Monday, June 8, 7:30 pm – “Sounds of Russia”

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“Sounds of Russia”

LYRA, an a cappella group of five professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, will be presenting a concert of Russian choral music on Monday, June 8, 7:30 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets), Eureka. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be collected to support the singers’ 2015 Midwest-West Coast Tour.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a part of the enormous Russian musical heritage.
The first half of the concert will be sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church, including works of lesser-known, but remarkable, Russian composers of the 18th-20th centuries as well as famous masters such as Tchaikovsky, Sokolov, and others. The second part of the program will be comprised of Russian folk songs: comic, lyric, dancing, and love songs. LYRA performs its own arrangements of folk songs as well as secular songs by classical Russian composers.

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Come and enjoy the sounds of Russia, performed by Russian musicians! All of the singers in LYRA are professional performers, from choirs and opera houses in St. Petersburg. The smaller touring group is part of a larger community of musicians from many and various professions – including choir conductors, opera singers, and music teachers. Their love for singing unites them. In 2001, LYRA was awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) International Choral Festival diploma. In 2005, the group was given an award by the Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland). Through their tours they hope to introduce the rich musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the traditions of Russian folk music to audiences across the United States.

Christ Episcopal Church is located on H Street in Eureka. Off-street parking is available on the corner of 14th and G streets. Accessible entrance is off of 14th street, between H and G streets. Please join us for this exciting concert and the reception for our Russian guests following the concert. More information on LYRA is available at: The group will have CDs for sale during the reception. For questions about the concert, contact the church: 707-442-1797.

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Sister Alice Lorraine Reid, C.T.

Sister Alice Lorraine Reid, C.T.

Sister Alice Lorraine Reid, C.T.
March 5, 1927 – December 27, 2014



Sister Alice Lorraine Reid of the Episcopal Community of the Transfiguration died quietly from the effects of ALS in the early hours of December 27th. She was surrounded by her Sisters and by loving friends as she slipped gently into eternity. She is survived by her Transfiguration Sisters, by her niece Catherine Lewis, nephew James Lewis and brother-in-law Harold Lewis all of Portland Oregon, nephew John Lewis of Loveland, Colorado, cousins Herb Tookey of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Carl Tookey of Pennsylvania, James Tookey of Ohio, Murray Tookey and Joan Parrish of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada, and by many other cousins in the US, Canada and England and by countless friends. Sister Alice, born Shirley Lorraine Reid, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Always up for adventure, she spent two of her young adult years living and working in London and hitch-hiking around the British Isles and western Europe. She rejoined her family after they moved to California, where she met the Sisters of the Transfiguration in San Mateo. She lived with her aunt Evelyne Tookey who preceded her into the Community of the Transfiguration as Sister Mary Evelyne, and who preceded her in death in June of 2014. Sister Alice entered the Community in 1956. During her decades as a Sister she had a widely varied life. She cared for children at the then Bethany Home at the Convent while also cooking for the Community and the children. She was on the staff of St. Dorothy’s Rest Episcopal Camp in Camp Meeker, California and later served as Director of the camp. She served in Sendai, Japan for 4½ years. She served as Assistant Superior to the Community. She was Superior for 5 years. Her longest and favorite ministry began with Sister Teresa Martin in Ferndale, California. The two traveled all over the western states leading retreats, workshops, quiet days, preaching, teaching and creating a vast network of Associates who expanded and supported the ministry in countless ways. Except for the five years she served as Superior, the remainder of her life was given to that ministry, later centered in Eureka; and to a rich life of hospitality, spiritual direction and diverse friendships. Active in local congregations and the wider Episcopal Church, she influenced many people and lightened many burdens. Sister Alice lived and breathed prayer that flowed from her delight in and love of God. More and more, the words of prayer became irrelevant as the reality of her relationship with Christ deepened and became more intense. If forced into words, she would say that it was about Love, about Light.

Her life as a woman who lived God’s love joyously, generously and fully will be celebrated at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka, California on Saturday January 3rd at 11:00 AM with the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of Northern California, presiding. There will also be a celebration of her life at the Convent of the Transfiguration, 495 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio on January 10 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frances Lana Ordination Education Fund, c/o the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, 350 University Avenue, Suite 280, Sacramento, CA 95825; to Christ Episcopal Church, 625 15th St., Eureka, CA 95501, or to Food for People, 307 West 14th Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Please sign the guestbook at and click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Dec. 31, 2014