Music

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We believe that music is at the very heart of the worship experience. Every Sunday we enjoy performed music as well as congregational singing. The music we hear and sing varies from week to week. On any given Sunday we may hear sacred and secular music, art songs, world music, gospel, folk, jazz or Broadway tunes.
Each Second Sunday of the month we have a jazz worship service, led by our music director, Adam Podd, and The Rad Trads - a 6-piece New Orleans style horn band, based here in NYC.

 

A note from our Music Director, Adam Podd, about music in worship:

 

“I’ve grown to treasure church music, my experience with it, and the songs and pieces it has led and introduced me to. I believe music’s role in the worship service is a powerful one, and can vary, not only from one church to another, but also from one service to the next. I take seriously my responsibility of finding and presenting high quality music that brings life, passion, meaning, and beauty to a worship service. I also value the importance of continuing the ancient tradition of improvisation in the church.  I’ve found that leaving room for inspiration, combined with those elements that have been carefully prepared, is what makes for the deepest and richest worship experience. In my eyes, the ability to listen and respond to a congregation’s energy is essential.”

 

The Choir, of about 25 voices, sings every week from September through June and is open to anyone with a pleasing singing voice who is interested in performing great choral music of the past and present, from many sources and traditions. The choir rehearses at 9:00 on Sunday mornings (no regular weeknight rehearsals). We hold a few extra evening rehearsals to prepare for our Palm Sunday and Christmas Eve special music services.  Singing in the choir is a fun and rewarding way to become involved in the church community.

 

Choir director, Adam Podd, encourages any singers who are interested to come and try it out for a week or two, no-strings-attached, to see if it's a good fit for you. (no auditions necessary). Feel free to contact Adam, with any questions or musical concerns/ideas you have at adam@fuub.org.  

May 11th, 11:00AM – Annual Jazz Service with The Ron Vincent Quartet, William Peek, Music Director

2014 May 1
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by DoMC
Our first Jazz Service was offered in 1999, and it has since become an eagerly anticipated annual tradition.  Our choir and soloists are again privileged to be joined by the Ron Vincent Quartet.  Andrew Beals (saxophone), Bill Mays (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), and Ron Vincent (drums) have performed with the greatest jazz artists of our time, |...|

Sunday, April 13th, 11:00AM – Palm Sunday Music Service

2014 April 3
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by DoMC
For many years it has been the tradition of First Untarian to offer a music service on Palm Sunday.  This year, The First Unitarian Choir will offer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata 79, Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn’ und Schild (God, the Lord, is our Sun and Shield).  One of Bach’s most stirring and majestic works, |...|

March Musicale Madness – Friday, March 28th, 8:00PM

2014 March 18
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by DoMC

Melissa Paul, Mezzo-Soprano

The First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights is offering the second concert of the two part series March Musicale Madness: Two Festive Evenings of Song.  The Brooklyn Unitarian Quartet: soprano Marielle Murphy, mezzo soprano Melissa Paul, tenor K’idar Miller, and baritone Andrew Cook-Feltz will perform on March 28th at |...|

Holiday Vespers – Sunday, December 29th, 4:00PM

2013 December 23
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Celebrate Holiday Vespers with us at 4:00 pm. Meagan Henry, Director of Education Ministries will preach.  We will continue a wonderful new tradition begun two years ago – the Holiday Vespers Community Chorus.  Anyone interested in participating is invited to come to church at 2:00 to rehearse a few holiday songs, and this group will sing for the |...|

Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service – 5:00PM

2013 December 22
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The Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service is one of our most beloved traditions at First Unitarian.  The sanctuary, lit by candle and gaslight and decorated with pine trees and boughs, offers a beautiful setting for this timeless service of music and meditation.    This year’s service will feature a special program of Celtic music.  Our choir |...|

Environmental Activist, Tim DeChristopher, to speak at First U on Saturday, November 2nd

2013 October 17
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Tim DeChristopher will speak with activist Jessica Roff about the present and future of the peaceful Environmental Movement locally and globally.  As a group we will raise questions and explore the diversity of approaches to see how we can work together and bring about Peaceful change.  This is an opportunity to explore how climate change |...|

Worship Sunday October 6th – Guest Musician and Preacher, Matt Meyer

2013 October 1
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Guest Preacher and Music Director will lead, “What Can Music Do?” What can music do to make the world a better place?  Does it give us better values or teach us to work for peace? It can certainly help us build communities where those who love peace and justice find the support to act on |...|

“Say Yes” Concert April 4th

2013 March 23
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by First U Bklyn
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary SAY YES! Brooklyn Join the celebration when ActorCor presents “SAY YES!” a concert that interweaves diverse music and sacred texts from Islam, Judaism and Christianity. ActorCor was created by artistic director, Darren Lougée, five years ago when 30 actors came together to make a difference by |...|

Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service

2010 December 20
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by First U Bklyn
Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service Each year, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service is a highlight of the season.  This service has been a treasured tradition for generations.  The sanctuary, lit by candle and gaslight, must seem very much the same today as it was on a Christmas Eve a distant 175 years ago, when |...|