Music Events & Overview
We are caroling at various places on December 7, 12,16, 18 – love to have you join in! Singing songs and carols for people in various Newton assisted living homes is a wonderful thing – it brings some beauty and joy to the residents and to ourselves. We absolutely love having FAMILIES come and sing, and we have word sheets for you, or sheet music if you want to sing some harmonies. Here’s the current list of caroling trips (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions):
Saturday Dec. 7 – 1. Carol at the Holiday Fair at 10:30am, then 2. Carol in West Newton Square as part of the Arts Stroll & Shop in the afternoon.
Wednesday Dec. 11 – 3pm at Heathwood Healthcare
Thursday Dec. 12 – 3:30pm at Care One
Monday Dec. 16 – 3:30pm at The Pettee House
Wednesday Dec. 18 – 3pm at Chetwynde Healthcare
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-Baker, 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 FUUSN 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.