This weekend-long event is April 17-19 in Naperville, Illinois. Come and experience the Regional Business Meeting, good food, and time for meeting new friends and old from congregations across our great Region, culminating with the joy of shared worship and musical celebration on Sunday morning. See www.midamericauua.org/RA.
“An Old Fashioned Cabaret”
On Friday, April 24th, FUS’s spring auction event will take place. Mark your calendars NOW – you do not want to miss this amazing evening of fun, laughter, entertainment, good food, and great silent and live auctions. Each year this event raises funds for the general operating budget. Ardis and Teresa Coffman are our team captains. Dan Bradley is heading up a food team that will create tasty finger food for your enjoyment. Carrie Dellinger is returning this year to ensure the kids in child care have a lot of fun!
FUS’s very own Steve Goldberg is offering some great advice and will be the event’s emcee. Marsha Siik is going to be developing some art work and logo ideas. Alice Delaquess is taking on decorations. Michael Schuler and Dan Broner are putting together the entertainment. Ann Puser will be back to run the kitchen team.
How exciting is all of this! Want to help out? There are many ways to get involved. Be in touch with Sally Bowers at www.fusmadison.org/developmentdirector.
You may be hearing from team members about the silent and live auctions. We are looking for events, services and items to be included. Stay tuned for more news as we move forward with the planning!
Please join us this Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.for ‘All Music Sunday”. The Society Choir will be joined by guest singers and instrumentalists in performances of Maurice Durufle’s masterpiece, his opus 9 Requiem.
Details on Maurice Durufle’s Requiem for choir, soloists, orchestra and organ
•Sunday, March 29, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
•Society Choir & Guests
•Tyrone Greive, concertmaster
•Sheri Masiakowski,organ ○ Paul Rowe, baritone
•Heather Thorpe, soprano ○ Dan Broner, conductor
•First Unitarian Society Atrium Auditorium
Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) was a celebrated French organist and composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with the two most important French organist-composers of the day, Charles Tournemire and Louis Vierne, and he surpassed them both. Durufle won every major prize – in organ, harmony, accompaniment, counterpoint and fugue, and composition. In 1939 he gave the world premiere of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and in the 1940s he was named Professor of Harmony of the Conservatoire. It was his exceptional penchant for self-criticism, however, that led to Durufle publishing only thirteen works: six organ pieces, two works for orchestra, a chamber piece, and four choral compositions.
He kept re-writing and revising his compositions for years after they were completed. As a result Durufle is a relatively unknown composer to the general public, but is admired by composers and singers for the impeccable craftsmanship and sublime beauty of his work.
The Requiem for choir, soloists, orchestra and organ was completed in 1947 and is based on Gregorian chants from the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Stylistically it is influenced by the 20th century organ music of Tournemire and Vierne, the impressionist school of Debussy and Ravel, the elegant romanticism of Gabriel Faure, Renaissance polyphony and above all Gregorian chant. These elements form a tapestry held together by Durufle’s command of harmony and structure.
Durufle wrote three different accompaniments for the work: the original for large orchestra, a version for organ accompaniment, and one for organ and chamber orchestra. It is this last version that we will be using for our performances. We will be introducing the new Allen digital organ gifted to FUS by William Wartmann in memory and honor of his late wife, Joyce Wartmann, and her lifelong friendship with retired FUS Assistant Music Director and Organist, Eva Wright. Joining the Society Choir will be guest singers from the Meeting House Chorus and community; baritone Paul Rowe and soprano Heather Thorpe. Retired Concertmaster of the Madison Symphony, Tyrone Greive, will lead the string section, which will be joined by three trumpeters, timpani and harp, all conducted by Dan Broner. Linda Warren will be our harpist and our guest organist will be Sheri Masiakowski, a doctoral student of UW organist, John Chappell Stowe.
Please join us on March 29 to experience some of the most beautiful music ever penned for choir and orchestra.
Postscript: On Sunday, June 7, 41 singers and friends from FUS will be joining singers from around the United States, France and Mexico in a performance of the Durufle Requiem in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. See them practice at http://youtu.be/kzQPp_dQGws
Dear FUS Neighbors…
This coming Sunday the Society Choir, with guest singers and instrumentalists, will present All Music Sunday performances of Maurice Durufle’s masterpiece, his opus nine Requiem.
Please note that the services will be at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium instead of at our normal worship times.
The Durufle Requiem will feature an orchestra led by guest concertmaster,violinist Tyrone Greive, soloists Paul Rowe and Heather Thorpe, and a chorus of over 60 singers.
Attendees will also hear the inaugural performance of the new Allen digital organ played by guest organist Sheri Masiakowski. For young children and their parents, Small Music Sunday will be happening in the Landmark Auditorium at 10 a.m. only. Mr. Steve Lundquist will be on hand to entertain.
Our intern minister, Sasha Ostrom, will be leading our Saturday worship at 4:30 p.m. in the Landmark. Joining her will be singers Gay Thomas, Emily Heck and Mimi Porat accompanied by guitarists Joe Harris and Jeff Hanson.
I hope to see you at the Meeting House this weekend.
Our Friday Musicale features mezzo-soprano Consuelo Sañudo and pianist Jeff Gibbens. Join them in music of Duparc, Debussy, Schoenberg and Schubert on Friday, March 27, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.
Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.
“Holding the Tension”
by Sasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
UUs are sometimes accused by outsiders—and by our own
internal critics—of being a religion where people can believe
just about anything that we want. And it is true that we do
very much value free thought. Yet our UU 4th Principle challenges
us to strive to not only freely seek the truth as we
each personally understand it, but also to do so in a responsible
way, a way that challenges us to recall that our beliefs
are not matters of private opinion, but in fact shape the very
way we act as part of a community.
Soprano Gay Thomas and pianist Linda Warren will play the
Anyone facing uncertainty in their work or career is invited to join this informal drop-in meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month (3/26/15 is next) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 in FUS Courtyard E. We help each other find resources and hope.
Join us then or contact Bob Radford 845-3523 for information.
The FUS Equity Ministry Team meets the fourth Wednesday of every month. Our next meeting is March 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard C. We will discuss upcoming plans which will shape the work of the team over the months to come.
Please contact Becky Schigiel at /socialjusticecoordinator with questions or to reserve free child care.
A child dedication is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist naming ceremony which offers parents the opportunity to have their child blessed by our congregation, their family, and our ministers. During this time, our congregation commits to help the child grow in ways of love, truth, justice, and peace.
Child dedications will be held at all three services on the weekend of April 11 and 12. If you are interested in having a child dedicated please contact Rev. Kelly by calling 233-9774, x. 112 or /MCL.
The March meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in Courtyard E at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, March 24. We will discuss American Jesus: How the Son of God became a National Icon by Stephen Prothero.
Call Ken Gage at 230-5068 for further information.