Music Events & Overview
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Our next Music Sunday, Sing Out, My Soul, is March 28, 2021. The choir will sing music with texts by MLK, William Henry Davies, and more. The incomparable Lois Shapiro will play, Akela Franklin will sing, CreationDance will, well, dance. And of course we will all sing together, with spirit, although muted. It’s a service full of variety, beauty, and joy.
Music Program Overview
In addition to our very active Sanctuary Choir, several FUUSN ensembles have sprung from congregational impetus: the FUUSN Band, CreationDance, and the FUUSN Intergenerational Chamber Orchestra. The music budget includes monies for orchestras to accompany the choir on Music Sundays, and for occasional guest artists, which have included drummers from Mali, professional Baroque trumpet players, and Klezmer musicians.
The Family Choir, under the direction of Akela Franklin, sings in 3-4 services each year and practices several Sundays before those services, from 11:30-noon in the Chapel.
The Sanctuary Choir helps to lead worship on most Sundays; rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9pm.
The FUUSioN Band plays for many Sunday services and rehearses as needed.
2018-2019 kept FUUSN musicians busy. We sang the Fauré Requiem at First Parish Church in Arlington, MA and at FUUSN; we performed John Kramer’s Immigrant Experience in Concord as part of a benefit concert for BIJAN (pronounced like “beyond”), the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network, and sang it again at FUUSN (benefitting the Newton Brookline Asylum Resettlement Committee). In February 2019 we hosted a benefit concert for the UU Urban Ministry; and on April 28 we participated in the Communities Without Borders benefit concert.