History of the Music Program: 2012-2013

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington


Director of Music: Laura Stanfield Prichard
Organist/Pianist: Sarah Haera Tocco
Composer in Residence & Music Director Emeritus: Kenneth Seitz

September 9
Ingathering/Water Communion

  • Prelude: Seeräuber des Neuen Welt by George Pereli
  • Intergen: Paper Bag Princess
  • Water Communion: To the Holy Spirit by Malcolm Dalglish
    Anthem: Let the River Run by Carly Simon, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
  • Offertory: Clair de lune by Claude Debussy (1862-1920)
  • Postlude: Toccata No. 5 in C Major by George Muffat
  • Hymns & Readings: 170, 348, 358, 759

September 16
A Wake Up Call: Thoughts on the Sounding of the Shofar

  • Prelude: Bashana Haba'a (This New Year); original version of Hymn 146
    Laura Prichard, soprano
  • Candle Music: Aylye Lyulye (Yiddish lullaby) arr. by Juliana Graffagna
  • Anthem: Larov by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
    Holly Loring and Jennifer Kobayashi, solo sopranos
  • Offertory: Andante cantabile in F sharp major, op. 6, no. 3 by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)
    Sarah Haera Tocco, piano
  • Shofar Sounding: Laura Prichard and Andee Rubin
  • Postlude: Shalom rav by Ben Steinberg
    Carl Schlaikjer, Jean Renard Ward, Jacob Malin, Jason Merrill, and Andrew Kobayashi, cantorial solos
  • Hymns & Readings: 42, 146, 216, 350, 446, 550

September 23
Where to Find What is True: Thoughts on Emerson's Divinity School Address

Zoltan Gal, minister of our partnership church in Gagy, Transylvania, and his wife Magdika Gal, a psychologist and head of the women's group of the Gagy Unitarian Church, will be visiting our church community from September 20 to October 1.

  • Prelude: Introit from Missa brevis by Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967)
  • Intergen: Szekely Hymnus [Chalice Singers]
  • Interlude: Hungarian Dances by Bela Bartok
  • Conducted by Morgan Jackson
  • Candle Music: Kyrie from Missa brevis by Kodály
    Beth Grzegorzewski, Holly Loring, Jennifer Kobayashi, soprano trio
  • Offertory: Avinu malkeinu by Max Janowski
    Michael Prichard, baritone
  • Postlude: Serba din New York (Romaneasca wedding dance) arr. by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
  • Hymns & Readings: 121, 298, 352, 368

September 30
A Transylvanian Thanksgiving with the Rev. Zoltan Gal

  • Prelude:Hungarian Dance No. 11 in D minor by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sarah Haera Tocco and Kenneth Seitz, pianos
  • Candle Music: Nocturne by Kenneth Seitz
    Mies Boet, flute; Kenneth Seitz, piano
  • Offertory: Bells in the Watch Tower by Kenneth Seitz
  • Text adapted from Hymn 56; melody based on the Hungarian carol "Krisztus urunknak áldott születésén"
  • Postlude: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F-sharp minor by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sarah Haera Tocco and Kenneth Seitz, pianos
  • Hymns & Readings: 68, 318, 404

October 7
Guest Preacher - Columbus Day Weekend

  • Prelude: Homesickness by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Kenneth Seitz, Piano
  • Candle Music: Bell Ringing by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
  • OffertoryCreation by William Billings [in honor of the composer's 266th birthday]
  • Postlude: Homeward by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
  • Hymns & Readings: 34, 131, 151

October 7 
3:30pm Piano Recital by Sarah Haera Tocco

  • Featuring the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Janacek

October 13 Chalice Singers Field Trip to Yale University

Concerts by the Yale Glee Club, Yale Concert Band, Yale Symphony, and Out of the Blue

October 14

Thoughts on Autumn - Ferry Beach weekend

  • Prelude: Calme de nuits, op. 68, no. 1 by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
    Click here for the online score.
    Online midi practice file: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sound/sain-cal.mid
    Saint-Saens, most prolific of the late French romantic composers, wrote in virtually every medium, foreshadowing the neoclassical revivalism of Fauré and Ravel. His chamber choruses, op. 68, celebrate nature as perceived by the artist and as comfort to the sorrowful. The two offer a nice contrast, between the slow, careful layering of harmonies in the first, and the frenetic motion of the second.
    Calm of nights, coolness of evenings,
    Vast shining of worlds,
    Great silence of black caves,
    You charm deep souls.

    The burst of sun, gaiety,
    These are pleasing to the most futile
    Only the poet is haunted
    By love of quiet things.
  • Candle Music: Walking in the Cradle of Our Land by Malcolm Dalglish
  • Offertory: Barcarolle, op. 37, no. 6 (1875) by Piotr Tchaikovsky
    arr. by Julliard bass teacher F. Zimmerman
    Robert Olson, double bass
  • Postlude: Organ Voluntary by Daniel Pinkham
  • Hymns & Readings: 52, 83, 128, 558

October 21 
Vision for First Parish

(In Anticipation of Capital Campaign Vote)

  • Prelude: Surge Illuminare from the second volume of Gradualia (1607) by William Byrd (c1540-1623)
  • Online score - http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/images/9/9a/BYRD-SUR.pdf
    Online midi practice file - http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/5/57/BYRD-SUR.mid
    Translation: "Arise, shine, O people, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Alleluia." (Isaiah 60:1)
    Notes: The greatest English composer of his generation, Byrd was a versatile musician. He remained a Catholic during times of persecution in England, even though all of his Latin-language motets were banned in England after the 1605 Gunpowder Plot. He also served as a member of the Chapel Royal under the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I, providing music for the liturgy of the Church of England which has been sung continuously in English cathedrals for the last 400 years. Biographical website on Byrd: http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/byrd.ph
  • Candle Music: Angel by Sarah MacLachlan
  • OffertoryA Blown-Away Leafby Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
  • Postlude: Scherzetto by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • Hymns & Readings: 131, 357, 407, 490

October 28  
Special UUSC Service: Rev. Gary Smith preaching

  • Prelude: Captain Campbell Srtathspey, Brenda Stubbert's Reel & Miss Shepherd Reel
    Fiddle tunes from the 2012 NH Highland Games
    Maggie MacPhail and Caroline Dressler, violins
    Rainer Dressler, piano
    Anthem: If ye love me by Thomas Tallis (small group) 
    Candle Music: Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
    Carl Schlaikjer, oboe
    Offertory: The Inmans of Allanton March, Thank Goodness It's Monday Reel & Fairy Dance Reel
  • Maggie MacPhail and Caroline Dressler, violins
  • Postlude: Les Fleuers et les Arbres, op. 68, no. 2 by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
    Online score is here.
    Online midi practice file - http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sound/sain-682.mid

    Flowers and trees
    Bronzes and marbles,
    Golds and enamels,
    The sea, fountains,
    Mountains and plains,
    These console our pains.
    Eternal nature,
    You seem more beautiful
    In the bosom of sorrows!
    And art dominates us,
    Its flame illumines
    Laughter and tears.
  • Hymns & Readings: 41, 289, 303

November 4 
On Justice and Fairness

  • Prelude: Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
  • Candle MusicRequiem by Eliza Gilkyson, dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Sandy
  • Offertory: Blessed by Lui Collins
  • Somebody's Mother folk trio
  • Recessional: to walk over to Town Hall
  • Hymns & Readings: 122, 168

November 11 
What is Given, Part 1: Living with Limitation

Veteran's Day Weekend

  • Prelude: Präludium in G minorby J. S Bach (1685-1750)
  • Intergenerational Song: Our intergenerational song and the Offertory anthem were both donated by Carolyn Stevens for today's service.
  • Musical Reflection for the Harvest Moon Fair: She Moved through the Fair by Tomothy Takach
    This Irish folk song was first collected in Donegal by poet Padraic Colum and musicologist Herbert Hughes. It was a popular song in the Traveller community by the 1950s and was featured in the soundtrack of the film Michael Collins, about the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in 1922 in the Irish Civil War.

    My young love said to me, "My brothers won't mind,
    And my parents won't slight you for your lack of kind."
    Then she stepped away from me, and this she did say:
    It will not be long, love, 'til our wedding day.

    She stepped away from me, and she moved through the Fair,
    And fondly I watched her go here and go there.
    Then she went her way homeward with one star awake,
    As the swan in the evening moves over the lake.
  • Candle Music: Trois Beaux Oiseaux du Paradis by Maurice Ravel
  • Click here to hear a recording of this selection
    Online choral score of all 3 Chansons
    Online solo vocal score of all 3 Chansons
    Online midi practice files for Trois beaux oiseaux
  • Holly Loring, "voice of the poet"
  • Jennifer Kobayashi, "white bird"
  • Carl Schlaikjer, "blue bird"
  • Brian Wilson, "crimson red bird"
  • Music for Candle Lighting in honor of Veteran's Day:
    Armistice Day is also celebrated on November 11, and commemorates the cessation of hostilities between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France (on the Western Front). This took effect at 11 o'clock on the eleventh day of November, 1918.

    Composer Maurice Ravel wrote the French poem we sing today in the winter of 1914-1915 to honor three friends who had died on the Western Front. His birds are the color of the French flag.

    Poet: Three beautiful birds of paradise (my love is gone to the wars),
    Three beautiful birds of paradise passed by this way.
    The first was bluer than the sky (my love is gone to the wars).
    The second was the color of snow, the third vermillion red.
    Beautiful little birds of paradise (my love is gone to the war)s:
    What are you bringing here?
    Blue bird (tenor solo, sung pianissimo):

    "I carry an azure glance (your love is gone to the wars)."

    White bird (soprano solo, sing mezzo piano):

    "And I must place on a snow-white brow a pure kiss."
    Poet: Vermillion bird of paradise (my love is gone to the wars)

    What then do you bring?"
    Red bird (bass solo, sung piano):

    "A loving heart, blushing crimson

    (your love has gone to the wars)."
    Poet:  Ah! I feel my heart growing cold; take that as well.

  • OffertoryCan You Hear by Jim Papoulis
  • Andrew Leonard, tenor
  • Postlude: J. S Bach (1685-1750)
  • Hymns & Readings: 95, 159, 164

November 18 
What is Given, Part 2: Living with Bounty

Intergenerational Thanksgiving Service featuring Yale's Out of the Blue

  • Prelude: OOTB
  • Intergen Story: The Cloud Spinner
  • Candle Music: Angel by Sarah Maclachlan
  • Offertory with Chalice SingersFirework by Katy Perry
  • Cornbread CommunionOOTB & Organ Solo
  • Postlude: Irish Blessing
    Combined choirs: OOTB and First Parish Choir
  • Hymns & Readings: 70, 331, 349

November 25 
Thanksgiving Weekend

  • Prelude: Schafe können sicher weiden (1712) by J. S. Bach
    Mies Boet, Elaine Ropi, Anne Quaadgras, flutes
  • Candle Music: Walking in the Cradle of Our Land (2003) by Malcolm Dalglish (1952-)
  • Hymns & Readings: 69, 113, 174, Underneath which rivers flow

December 2 
Hope and the Color Blue

  • Prelude: Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton, arr. by Craig Hella Johnson
  • Jo Guthrie and Jean Reanard Ward, soloists; Carl Schliakjer, oboe
  • Offertory: Piano
  • Postlude: Organ
  • Hymns & Readings: 225, 226, 241

December 7 
Alliance Holiday Party

  • Excerpts from The Sound of Music

December 9 
End of a World Age/Epoch in the Hopi & Mayan calendars

  • Prelude: Wawaki (Festival)by Gerardo Guevara
    Ecuadoran melody sung in Quichua
  • George Pereli and Laura Prichard, duet
  • Intergen: "Calendars and Days of Judgment" -- Laura Prichard, Director of Music
    Dies irae & Mors stupebit from Verdi's Requiem
    The story of Verdi's Requiem begins with the death of the composer Rossini in 1868. Verdi considered the composer to be one of the two great guiding forces in Italian culture. The second great man was the poet/patriot Alessandro Manzoni. Both men were ardent supporters of Italian unification (cuncta stricte discussurus). When Manzoni died in 1873, Verdi was too grief-stricken to attend the funeral. Through his publisher, Ricordi, Verdi expressed his wish to dedicate a requiem to the two men. Verdi uses vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic contrasts—much as he did in his operas—to express the powerful emotions engendered by the text. The terrifying (and instantly recognizable) Dies irae that introduces the Latin Sequence from the funeral Mass is repeated throughout for a sense of unity, which allows Verdi to explore the feelings of loss and sorrow as well as the human desire for forgiveness and mercy found in the intervening movements of the Requiem. A large brass choir produces an inescapable call to judgement in the Tuba mirum (the resulting combination of brass and choral quadruple-fortissimo markings resulting in some of the loudest unamplified music ever written).
    1.Dies iræ! Dies illa
    Solvet sæclum in favilla:
    Teste David cum Sibylla!
    Day of wrath, that day
    Will dissolve the world in ashes:
    As foretold by David and the sibyl!
    2. Quantus tremor est futurus,
    Quando iudex est venturus,
    Cuncta stricte discussurus!
    What quaking there will be,
    When the judge will come,
    Weighing everything strictly!
    3. Tuba mirum spargens sonum
    Per sepulchra regionum,
    Coget omnes ante thronum.
    The last trump scatters its sound
    Throughout the world's tombs,
    Summoning all before the throne. 

    Brass Choir: Brad Amidon, Keith Fischer, Morgan Jackson, Michael Kelley, Andrew Kobayashi, Michelle Markus, Chris Botos, Andrew Leonard, Richard Wagner

    4. Mors stupebit, et natura,
    Cum resurget creatura,
    Iudicanti responsura.
    Death and nature will marvel
    When creation arises,
    To respond to the judge.
  • Offertory: Liber scriptus from Verdi's Requiem
  • Notes: The Book of Life
    Giuseppe Verdi was not a religious man, but he composed many choral masterworks in addition to his operas. Verdi wrote most of the music we perform today while staying in Paris in 1873, and the whole Requiem is dedicated to the Italian writer and humorist Alessandro Manzoni. The whole work was premiered in Milan in 1874 (at the church of San Marco, with the women veiled, and at La Scala). After performances in Paris, Venice, and London (where Royal Albert Hall was less than half full, ironically due to criticisms of such a "Catholic" work), the Requiem was not heard again until the 1930s.
    5. Liber scriptus proferetur,
    In quo totum continetur,
    Unde mundus iudicetur.
    6. Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
    Quidquid latet, apparebit:
    Nil inultum remanebit.
    The Book of Life will be shown,
    In which all is contained,
    So the world shall be judged.
    When the judge is seated,
    Whatever hides will appear:
    Nothing remains unpunished.
    Mezzo Soprano soloist: Cindy Vredeveld
  • Candle Music: Liber scriptus & Rex tremendæ from Verdi's Requiem
  • Candle Lighting: Prayer for Survival
    Most of the sections of the Requiem do not end in triumph: Verdi called these his "musical question marks" about the nature of eternity and salvation. For over five hundred years, the Latin requiem text has been sung on All Soul's Day (Nov. 2) and at funerals. Verdi thought this might be his last work, and sets three poignant questions as a trio for his operatic soloists. The formal (choral) atmosphere of the Rex tremendae creates a sense of unworthiness before the King of Tremendous Majesty.
    7. Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
    Quem patronum rogaturus,
    Cum vix iustus sit securus?
    What shall I say to this?
    Which patron should I ask?
    When the just need mercy?
  • Soprano soloist: Beth Grzegorzewski
  • Mezzo Soprano soloist: Cindy Vredeveld
  • Tenor soloist: Ray Bauwens
  • Bassoon Solo: Jean Renard Ward
    8 Rex tremendæ maiestatis, King of tremendous majesty
  • Meditational Music: Prayer
  • The well-known tenor solo Ingemisco radiates hope for the sinner who asks for the Lord's mercy.

9. Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
Culpa rubet vultus meus:
Supplicanti parce, Deus.
10. Qui Mariam absolvisti,
Et latronem exaudisti,
Mihi quoque spem dedisti.
11. Preces meæ non sunt dignæ:
Sed tu bonus fac benigne,
Ne perenni cremer igne.
12. Inter oves locum præsta,
Et ab hædis me sequestra,
Statuens in parte dextra.
I sigh, like one who is guilty:
My face blushes in shame:
Spare your supllicant, O God.
You who absolved Mary,
And listened to the thief,
Gave hope to me, too.
My prayers are not worthy:
Yet, do good, as you are good,
Let I perish in eternal fire.
Place me among the sheep,
And sequester me from the goats
Setting me on the right side.

Tenor soloist: Ray Bauwens
  • Postlude: Confutatis & Lacrimosa from Verdi's Requiem
  • Hymns & Readings: 27, 244, 251

December 16

  • Prelude: Three Versets on "Away in a Manger" by Mark Blatchly (1960-) Sarah Tocco, organ
  • Candle Music: Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Offertory: Magnificat in G by Charles V. Stanford (1852-1924) Diane Taraz, soprano
  • Postlude: Toccata on "Adeste Fideles" by David H. Hegarty (organist of the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA)
  • Hymns & Readings: 228, 231, 254, 446

December 23 
Intergenerational Service

  • Prelude: Noel Suisse by Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772) Sarah Tocco, organ
  • Candle Music: Gathered Safely In by Diane Taraz
  • Offertory: In the Bleak Midwinter by Gustav Holst with Diane Taraz, soprano and text for the final verse
  • Postlude: Toccata on "Adeste Fideles" by David H. Hegarty (organist of the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA)
  • Hymns & Readings: 235, 237, 239

December 24 4pm & 6pm  
Christmas Eve services

  • Organ Prelude played by Sarah Tocco: Pastorale "Gesu Bambino" by Pietro A. Yon (1886-1772) Sarah Tocco, organ
  • Harp Preludes played by Virginia Crumb: Three Noels by Marcel Tournier (1879-1951); Still, Still, Still (Austrian carol); Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (French carol)
  • Harp Offertory: Interlude from Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Organ Offertory played by Sarah Tocco
  • Postlude: Fanfare on "Antioch" by Gerre Hancock (1934-)
  • Hymns & Readings: O Come, All Ye Faithful; Once in Roayl David's City; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; The First Nowell; Silent Night; Joy to the World; Howard Thurman; Luke 2:1-20

December 30 
Lay-led Poetry Service

  • Service Music: Barbara Tilson, piano
  • Hymns & Readings: 57, 255, 259

January 6 
Guest Speaker: Sarbpreet Singh "The Sikh Religion"

  • Prelude: Psalm of Solstice by Malcolm Dalglish (1952-)
  • Candle Music: Shabad: Charan Kamal Prabh Ke Nit Dyavoh
  • Meditative Morning song in a Punjabi dialect with the First Parish Choir Mehr Kaur, leading vocalist; Leah Raczynski, transcription
  • Offertory: Jaise Mai Aveh Khasam Ki Bani presented by The Gurmat Sangeet Project
  • Mehr Kaur, lead vocal/dilruba; Avneet Kaur, vocal; Simran Kaur, harmonium/vocal; Leah Raczynski, vocal/baglama; Simran Kaur Soin, harmonium/vocal; Amandeep Singh and Angad Singh, tablas
  • Postlude: Music from the Sikh tradition presented by The Gurmat Sangeet Project
  • Hymns & Readings: 6, 113, 148

January 13 
Facing Ourselves

  • Prelude: Selections from the notebook of Edvard Storm (1749-94)
    Manuscript in Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo
    Carol Lewis, treble viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, baroque guitar
  • Candle Music: Adagio and Folies d'espagne for baroque guitar by Johanne Christine Winding (18th century Norwegian)
  • Offertory: Selections for solo lyra viol
    from Oslo U manuscript 294 "Peter Bang notebook" (c1679)
  • Postlude: Three Norwegian Mountain Dances for viola da gamba and baroque guitar
  • Hymns & Readings: 121, 140, 298

January 20 
MLK Weekend with Guest Preacher

  • Prelude: Improvisation on a Hymn Tune by Laura Prichard
  • Intergenerational Song: This Little Light of Mine
  • Candle Music: MLK by U2, arranged for the King's Singers
    Jean Renard Ward, tenor solo
  • Anthem: Up to the Mountain by Patty Griffin, written after hearing Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech
    Meg Candilore, voice and piano
  • Offertory: Guide my Feet While I Run this Race
  • Postlude: Let My People Go
  • Hymns & Readings: 30, 199, We Shall Overcome

January 27 
Mozart's 256th Birthday

  • Prelude: Holy Water, Sacred Flame (St. Brigid's Song)
  • Chalice Singers round for Imbolc (on Saturday)
  • Candle Music: Chorus of the Zoroastrian Priests from The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
  • celebrating the composer's 265th birthday today
    Translation of the German: O Isis und Osiris! The gloomy night drives away the gleam of the sun.Soon each noble youth will feel new life. Soon he will devote himself to our service. His spirit is bold, his heart is pure; soon, he will be worthy of us!
  • Offertory: For I am Under the Same Accusation by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    celebrating the composer's centenary this year

    For I am under the same accusation with my Savior,
    For they said, "He is besides himself."
    For the officers of the peace are at variance with me,
    And the watchman smites me with his staff.
    For the silly fellow, silly fellow, is against me,
    And belongeth neither to me nor to my family.
    For I am in twelve hardships,
    But he shall deliver me out of all.
    from Rejoice in the Lamb by Christopher Smart (1722-1771)

  • Postlude: "Auf Wiederseh'n" Chorus from The Magic Flute by Mozart Translation of the German:
    Three boys, young, beautiful, and wise,
    Will hover over you on your journey. They will be your guides: follow their advice alone.
    So, farewell! We want to go, farewell, goodbye!
  • Hymns & Readings: 1, 86, 315

February 3 
Shinn Service: Chuck Collins, guest speaker in Arlington

  • Prelude: The Seed, played by Somebody's Mother
  • Intergen Song: Hard Times, Come Again No More, played by Somebody's Mother
  • Candle Music: Larghetto from Partita for organ and English horn, op. 41, no. 1 by Jan Koetsier (1911-2006)
  • Carl Schlaikjer, English horn
  • OffertoryOne More Dollar, played by Somebody's Mother
  • Postlude: Interlude II from Deux Interludes by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
    Mies Boet, flute; Carl Schlaikjer, oboe
  • Hymns & Readings: 128, 303, 347

February 3 (First Parish Choir in Newburyport)

  • Welcome Song: Do Not Leave Your Cares at the Door by Elizabeth Alexander (1962-)
  • Choir of the First Society of Newburyport UU, conducted by Jay Lane
  • Candle Music: Locus iste by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
  • Offertory: Hymn to St. Peter by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Musical Reflection: A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen by Vijay Singh (1964-)
  • Postlude: Finale from Sonata No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn
    • Hymns & Readings: 95, 126, 289, 440

February 10

  • Prelude: First Arabesque by Claude Debussy(1862-1918)
  • Welcome Song:Do Not Leave Your Cares at the Door by Elizabeth Alexander (1962-)
  • Choir of the First Society of Newburyport UU, conducted by Jay Lane
  • Intergenerational Music: Velvet Shoes by Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
  • Candle Music: Locus iste by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
  • Musical Reflection: A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen by Vijay Singh (1964-)
  • Offertory: Hymn to St. Peter by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Postlude: Prelude in C Major for Organ by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Hymns & Readings: 126, 273, 274

February 17 
"Lessons from Lizards" Rev. Eliza Blanchard

  • Prelude: Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
    Kenneth Seitz and Sarah Tocco, piano
  • Candle Music: The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
  • Offertory: Allegro from Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
    Kenneth Seitz and Sarah Tocco, pianos
  • Postlude: The White Little Donkey by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
  • Hymns & Readings: 203, 309, 324

February 24 
"The Other One Percent" Brandon S. Harding, US Navy Chaplain

  • Prelude: Romance from Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 495 by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
  • Candle Music: A Winter Prayer by Fenno Follensbea Heath, Jr. (1926-2008)
  • OffertoryAllegro moderato from Horn Concerto No. 4 by Mozart
  • Postlude: Allegro from Horn Concerto No. 4 by Mozart
  • Hymns & Readings: 115, 159, 168

March 3 
Capital Campaign Kickoff "Our Song"

  • Prelude: Let the River Run from Working Girl (1988) by Carly Simon (1945-)
  • Intergen Music: Mairi Bahn (Reel for Mary MacNiven) by John Bannerman
  • Maggie MacPhail and Caroline Dressler, violins
  • Candle Music: Mazurka in a minor, op. 17, no. 4 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • CapCampaign Song: Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Mis by Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Anthem: Defying Gravity from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
  • Grace McKay and Kay MacPhail, soloists
  • Anthem: Finale from Les Mis by Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Michael Prichard, Samantha Fleischman, Andrew Leonard, soloists
  • Postlude: Toccata in F Major by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Hymns & Readings: 121, 124, 128

March 10 
Youth Sunday with Capital Campaign

  • Prelude: Hammer and a Nail by the Indigo Girls
    Grace McKay, Samantha Fleishman, vocals; Tristan Jantz, guitar; Dan Klingsberg, bass; Pete Christmann, drums
  • Candle Music: Return to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins
    Grace McKay, Marianne Henriksen, Tristan Jantz, vocals; Dan Klingsberg, guitar; Margo Kaminski, bass; George Pereli, piano
  • OffertoryLost in my Mind by The Head and the Heart
  • Ruby Kinnamon, vocals and ukelele; Samantha Fleishman, Tristan Jantz, vocals; Adam Kaminski, guitar; Margo Kaminski, bass; George Pereli, piano; Pete Christmann, drums
  • Interlude: Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • Erica Bartle, Chloe Singer, vocals; Andrew Friedman, flute; Nick Madden, piano; Grace McKay, cello; George Pereli, percussion
  • Closing Hymn: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by Paul McCartney and John Lennon
  • Postlude: If I Had a Million Dollars by the Barenaked Ladies
  • Hymns & Readings: 368

March 17 
Spring Music Service for St. Patrick's Day

  • Prelude/Postlude: March of the King of Laois (Irish traditional dance music)
  • Maggie MacPhail and Caroline Dressler, violins; Brian Wilson feadóg stáin (tin whistle); Aaron Bowers, bódhran (frame drum); Paul Franzosa, guitar
  • Chalice Lighting Music: She Moved through the Fair
  • Intergenerational Song: The Rattlin' Bog led by Diane Taraz
  • Candle Music: Cormacus scripsit (based on 12th century Irish chant by Cormacus) by Michael McGlynn (1964-)
  • Laurie Francis-Wright and Patricia Hawkins, soprano soloists
  • Musical Refelection: O Danny Boy by Joseph Flummerfelt (1936-)
  • OffertoryEileen Aroon (14th-century Irish tune) by Diane Taraz
  • Original Irish text by the legendary 14th-century bard Carol O'Daly
  • Anthem: Dulaman by Michael McGlynn
  • PostludeIrish Washerwoman/Swallowtail Jig (Irish traditional dance music)
  • Maggie MacPhail, Caroline Dressler, Brian Wilson, violins; Aaron Bowers, bódhran (frame drum); Paul Franzosa, guitar
  • Hymns & Readings: 36, 91, 157

March 24 
Palm Sunday Rev. Marta Flanagan and Chris Jones

  • Prelude: Chromatic Fantasy in D minor, BWV 903 by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Candle Music: Jubilate Deo (O, Be Joyful) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Offertory: Alleluia, Amen by Kenneth Seitz
  • conducted by the composer
  • Postlude: Prelude in F Major, BWV 556 by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Hymns & Readings: 6, 131, 276

March 31 

  • Prelude: Easter Anthem by Samuel Barber
  • Chalice Singers Song: Now the Green Blade Riseth
  • OffertoryI Got Me Flowers by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Communion Music: Meditation, op. 67, no. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • Postlude: Waltz in F Major, op. 34, no. 3 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Hymns & Readings: 270, 386, When the Spirit Says Do

April 7
Yom HaShoah Service of Remembance

  • Prelude: At the Window by Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)
  • Candle Music: Aylye Lyulye (Yiddish lullaby) arr. by Juliana Graffagna for the professional women's choir Kitka
  • Offertory: Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • Postlude: Sabbath Prayer from Fiddler on the Roof (1964) by Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (1928-2010)
  • Hymns & Readings: 28, 165, 315, 459
  • April 14 Alliance Sunday featuring women musicians and composers

      • Prelude: A Felicitous Frolic by Kenneth Seitz
      • Mies Boet and Willemien Insinger, flutes
      • Candle Music: Andante espressivo, op. 6 by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)
      • OffertoryAria for two flutes by Kenneth Seitz
      • Postlude: Rag à deux for two flutes by Kenneth Seitz
      • Hymns & Readings: 107, 110, 112, 485

    April 14 Montréal, Canada (additional location) 

    Chalice Singers participate in Montréal Unitarian Service

    April 21

    • Prelude: Rainbow by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    • Candle Music: The Succession of the Four Sweet Months by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    • Offertory: Spring Carol (Pleasure It Is) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    • Postlude: The Bee by Edwin H. Lemare (1866-1934)
    • Hymns & Readings: 29, 38, 203

    April 28

    • Prelude: Dror yikra (Freedom Song in Hebrew from Yemen)
    • Candle Music: Fix You by Coldplay, featuring Harmoggedon of Lesley University
    • Offertory: Naked as We Came by Iron & Wine, featuring Harmoggedon of Lesley University
    • Postlude: Count Your Blessings (1954) by Irving Berlin (1888-1989); Carl Schlaikjer, oboe
    • Hymns & Readings: 88, 128, 331

    May 5 Guest Speaker: Marcie Griffith "Finding the Sacred"

    • Prelude: Romance I from Three Romances by Robert Schumann (1810-1856); Carl Schlaikjer, oboe
    • Candle Music: Surge illuminare by William Byrd (1539-1623)
    • OffertoryRomance II from Three Romances by Robert Schumann (1810-1856); Carl Schlaikjer, oboe
    • Postlude: Molto Allegro from Sonata, op. 166 by Camile Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    • Hymns & Readings: 3, 44, 354
    • May 11 7:30pm Vestry

      "Home Cookin' Coffeehouse" sponsored by the Music Committee

      May 12 Guest Speaker: Rev. Ken Sawyer "Reason and Virtue, or Kindness"

      • Prelude: Hava nagila (Let's Rejoice, 1918) based on a Romanian folk dance from Bucovina (lyrics by Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, based on Psalm 118:24) performed by Chalice Singers, Adult Choir, and Klezmer Band
      • Candle Music: Schaffe in mir, Gott, op. 29, no. 2 (1864) by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
      • Offertory: Over the Rainbow Fantasy by Sarah Haera Tocco, based on Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
      • Postlude: Toccata by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
      • Hymns & Readings: 181, 331, 347

      May 19 Senior Recognition

      • Prelude: Flute Tune by Daniel Pinkham; Sarah Haera Tocco, organ
      • Candle Music: Daffodils by Kenneth Seitz, conducted by the composer
      • OffertoryAlleluia, Amen by Kenneth Seitz, conducted by the composer
      • Postlude: Excerpt from Toccata by Geoffrey Hanson (1939-)
      • Hymns & Readings: 12, 124, 90, 354

      May 26 Guest Speaker: Rev. William Gardiner "The Politics of Sorrow"
      Memorial Day Weekend

      • Prelude: I Remember Clifford by Benny Golson (1929-); Jim Austin, piano
      • Candle Music: When Johnny Comes Marching Home/Down by the Riverside Fantasy; Jim Austin, piano
      • Offertory: Consolation by Franz Liszt (1811-1886); Kenneth Seitz, piano
      • Postlude: The Ones We Cherish by Kenneth Seitz, piano
        The music was written to honor the memory of Ted May (1943-2010), who was our organist from 1978-1996.
      • Hymns & Readings: 96, 306, 583

      June 2


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