First Unitarian Society in Newton

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Evening Song: Come for Music and Contemplation

Evening Song at FUSN, on the first Sunday of each month, is designed specifically for the diversity of spirit and thoughtful meditation that is First Unitarian Society in Newton, with music and poetry chosen especially to fit FUSN's monthly theme.

FUSN's Evening Song is just half an hour—a way to set aside the noise and stress of daily life; to spend some time in stillness and mystery. Hear a sample [droxbox download].

The lay-led service is based on the ancient monastic service of vespers, one of the four Daily Offices of the ancient Christian church, descended from Jewish traditions of singing the psalms on a regular basis.

The Evening Song service is a chance to find solace or affirmation in these ancient arts:

  • Chant: Mozarabic, Byzantine, Ambrosian, or Roman or Greek;
  • Polyphony: Renaissance or modern settings of sacred texts from a variety of traditions;
  • Spiritual readings: Poetry chosen and read by FUSN's Catherine Morocco, Holly Zeeb, Alice Wood, and Carol Siemering.

The music is performed by Vermilion: Amy LeClair, alto and director; Courtney Elf Rowe, soprano; Ethan Rowe, tenor; and Julian Cole, bass.

Our faithful and wonderful usher is Moragh Ramage.

Come experience Evening Song for yourself the first Sunday of each month. Check the home page for information on the Evening Song selections for the month.

—Amy LeClair


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