Music plays an important role in the life of this church, from the singing of the choir on Sunday to the Concert Series, contra dances and informal musical gatherings. Member participation makes all these events possible whether you sing in the choir or simply sing from the pews. On the next pages you’ll find more information about musical opportunities taking place at the Winchester Unitarian Society.
We are blessed to have a very talented group of 25-30 singers who comprise our Adult Choir. This group of native talent is augmented by four tremendous soloists who also serve us as section leaders. The choir is always welcoming of new members and you are invited to contact Music Director John Kramer if you are interested. The choir rehearses most Sunday mornings from September to June at 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary and sings at most Sunday services. We also meet for occasional choral retreats on Saturday mornings from 9-12.
First rehearsal of the program year is Saturday, September 9th from 9-12.
Opening Sunday is September 10th and our regular rehearsals begin at 8:45am that morning!
One of the best things about summer is Summer Choir.
We meet at 9:45am the following Sundays:
A Dream of Hope
By John Kramer
Commissioned by WUS in commemoration of our 150th Anniversary, first performed 22 November 2015
No. 1 History
No. 2 The Opening Door
No. 3 The Earth
No. 4 Let Your Light
No. 5 I Dream a World
The Children’s Chorale is an enthusiastic group of young singers who meet from September to June. Singing is a great way for children to be involved in a larger community and learn valuable musical and non-musical skills. This group currently meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7pm in the Spirit Play room in the RE wing. Please contact Music Director John Kramer if you are interested in this program. All are welcome!
Hymn Sings: First Tuesday of the Month at 7:15 in the Chapel
Concert Series 2017-2018
Friday, November 10th, at 8:00 p.m.
An Evening of Chamber Music by Johannes Brahms.
Katherine Matasy, Clarinet
Sam Ou, Cello
John Kramer, Piano
Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 99
Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Friday, January 26th, at 8:00 p.m.
Jazz in the Sanctuary
Every year, Jazz in the Sanctuary brings some of Boston’s best freelance jazz players to Winchester for a fabulous night of music. This year’s theme is food: think Salt Peanuts, Watermelon Ma, and Scrapple from the Apple.
Friday, March 16th, at 8:00 p.m.
With ten critically acclaimed albums, Vance Gilbert continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy. Vance is now on tour with his brand new CD, “Bad Dog Buffet.”
Suggested donation for all concerts: $20 adults/ $15 seniors/ $5 students.
A Look Back at Concert Series 2016 – 2017
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Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
A special St. Patty’s Day celebration with the legendary performer Robbie O’Connell. A native of Waterford, Ireland, he started performing at the age of thirteen. After touring with the Clancy Brothers, he released his first solo album in 1982. He hasn’t stopped since and we are delighted to have him along with fiddler Rose Clancy.
Friday, January 27th, 2017
Jazz in the Sanctuary
The always popular night of jazz features Boston’s top players. Though it occurs during the heart of winter, we will do our best to keep you warm with music from the rest of the year. Think about Summertime, Autumn Leaves, and Joy Spring! Leave the cold behind.
$20 adults $15 seniors $5 students
We do not sell tickets in advance, sorry. If you would like to make sure you get a seat, please arrive as the doors open at 7:30 pm.
These concerts are made possible by your generous contributions. Please consider becoming a concert series sponsor.
Concert Series Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
Sponsors $125 Forte Sponsors $200 Fortissimo Sponsors $300
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