Music

Music Overview

Music has a rich history of professional and lay leadership and a vibrant role in services at FUSN. The music is chosen to complement each worship service; consequently, the musical styles vary. In addition to professional staff, a number of professional and amateur musicians offer their considerable talents in classical, jazz, folk, and world idioms … Continued

Musings

Here’s a look at our upcoming services: October 15 – More Than a Travelogue: we’ll revisit the FUUSN Musicians Tour to Germany, with great music, reflections by participants, bi-lingual hymns, and an appearance by the No Rehearsal Band. The service on October 22 will feature the simple yet powerful song, “Unity.” This is a translation … Continued

Evening Song, Nov. 5

Evening Song returns to FUSN on Sunday, November 5, and every first Sunday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We welcome all who wish to spend some quiet and restorative time with us to prepare for the weeks to come, with music for four voices, and poems chosen by FUSN’s poetry aficionados. … Continued

Musing

My colleague from First Parish in Concord, Elizabeth Norton, wrote this recently: “I…write with the conviction that the music ministry to which I have been called opens a path to move through these difficult times in solidarity with those who are most vulnerable. Music provides a medium to break our silence, to express our hopes, … Continued

Musings

Summer travel brings with it time to consider one’s work. The root of the word worship, weorþscipe, is worthiness – to give worth to something. Below are some somewhat random thoughts about worship. Rick and I went to the 10:00 am Mass Grégorienne at Nôtre Dame in Paris this past July. We sang responses, psalms, … Continued

Musings

I’m writing this from a hotel in Strasbourg – getting in a little travel before I return to the States. The FUSN Musicians tour concluded yesterday with the closing worship service at the Europäischer Unitariertag – European Unitarians Together assembly. The assembly was organized by many, but Karsten Urban carried the brunt of it and … Continued

Germany Trip

Your FUSN Musicians are busy filling up suitcases with the absolute essentials needed for 10 days on tour. (Here’s hoping we all remember our music, our concert clothing, and our passports.) Of course the main things we need are: patience, curiosity, focus, and open hearts and minds. We’ll be exploring new cities, meeting people from … Continued

Musings

“A single offense looms above 200 concerted voices like a buzzard in a flea market. There is no escaping personal responsibility. Perhaps that is what makes choral singing so great: the grandest of common endeavors — achieved with the utmost of individual effort. Think about it. Then do something. R” (the conductor Robert Shaw, in … Continued

Musings

It must be somewhere, the original harmony,                                                                                                 … Continued

Musings

Random notes re your music program and some of the wonderful people who make it happen! Thanks to all who came to the 2nd annual FUSN Musicians Concert. I love the mix of classical music with almost every other style of music, and it’s wonderful to see the support our folks have from the congregation. … Continued