Music Events & Overview
FREE Music Course!
Open to FUUSN members and their friends. We’ll learn the basics about reading music and will have some fun practicing. We’ll decipher what all those symbols in the hymnbooks mean and we’ll do some harmonizing together.
You can come to one or all four sessions (of course, improvement is more likely the more often you come). Please fill out the form here to register.
Dates: August 14, 15, 16 7-9pm, and August 18, 10am-12pm
(There is no fee, but donations to help cover costs and to benefit FUUSN’s music program will be accepted with gratitude.)
TOWER BELL CONCERT The First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (FUUSN) will hold a free tower bell concert at 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic suppers to the church grounds at 1326 Washington Street in downtown West Newton. Listeners can enjoy the music from throughout West Newton Square. The concert will take place rain or shine. Indoor seating will be provided in case of rain. The concert will be played by a group of local musicians (called chimers) who regularly play the FUUSN chime. A variety of music will be played, including popular, classical, and show music. The program will include a piece commissioned in 2016 for the church’s 100th anniversary celebration, called “Tower Antiphonies.” FUUSN’s 11 bells comprise an instrument called a “chime.” Cast in 1916 by the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, they hang in the belfry at the top of the tower of FUUSN’s historic building. They range in weight from 575 pounds to 3,350 pounds, with a combined weight of almost seven tons. The chimer plays them by pushing down 11 wooden hand levers on a playing stand, each lever attached by a cable to the clapper inside a bell. Playing is totally by human effort.
Please join the FUUSN musicians at their annual fall kickoff potluck dinner. This year we’ll be singing together as well as enjoying the always-delicious food. Wednesday September 5, 6.15-7.45pm. Choir rehearsal will follow, at 7.45pm.
Music Program Overview
Several 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.