Have you ever wanted to “try out” the Chalice Choir? Curious what it’s like to sing under the acoustic shell? Or do you just want to get together for some no-pressure recreational singing? Have I got the perfect opportunity for you! On Thursdays, July 28 and August 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, we’re holding informal “Summer Sings.” We’ll sing familiar rounds and hymns and maybe learn one or two new things. It’s a lot of fun, and I’d love to see you there!
Folk and Jazz Jam Sessions
Randy Scott has organized monthly jam sessions for folk and jazz musicians. We’ve had a lot of people ask about playing with one or both of these groups without the pressure of preparing music for a service. So these jam sessions will be friendly get-togethers for the purpose of fellowship and music-making, not rehearsal. They’ve been running since February, and Randy reports that they’ve been quite successful. The jazz session is held on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The folk session is the third Tuesday at the same time. All jam sessions are held at a member’s home. For more information, including where this month’s sessions will be held, contact Randy Scott, myself, or any member of the Music Committee.
|Lia Wang, staff pianist|
Call for Musicians
If you’ve ever wanted to provide music for a service, the summer is a great time to do it. I have openings in July and August and would love to provide a great diversity of music. Soloists and small or large groups are all welcome. Just let me know what you’d like to do and when you’re available, and I’ll try to find the perfect spot for you.
Concert Across AmericaOur church will host The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, September 25, 3:00 p.m. Musical groups from across the state will perform hip hop, spoken word, and more to raise awareness about gun violence prevention. This concert will be the culmination of Peace Quest 2016, a week-long local celebration of peace and multicultural understanding, co-sponsored by several peace and nonviolence groups in the Lansing area.
Commissioned Work by Elizabeth AlexanderElizabeth Alexander is a rising star in the world of choral music. She’s a UU composer who has written some great music that our choir has already performed: “How to Sing like a Planet,” “Do Not Leave Your Cares at the Door,” “Song of Kabir,” etc. This year, I have commissioned Elizabeth to write a piece specifically for our Chalice Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Jazz and Folk groups. Each group will be featured in a portion of the work, and we’ll also all perform together. The plan is to premiere it at the building dedication ceremony on Sunday, October 2.
I have asked Elizabeth to help me put into words why it’s important to commission an original work. Here’s what she wrote.
I’m very excited about working so closely with Elizabeth and having a piece that is tailor-made to showcase the talents and abilities of our fantastic service musicians.
-LB, Director of Music