The Music of First Church Boston

Service Music

July and August

Even with the First Church Choir on vacation during the summer month, choir members will be singing as soloists at our summer services in Hale Chapel, accompanied by pianist Bob Winkley. The schedule is as follows:

July 1: mezzo-soprano Christina English
July 8: baritone William Thorpe
July 15: mezzo-soprano Hilary Anne Walker
July 22: soprano Christine Teeters
July 29: mezzo-soprano Carola Emrich-Fisher
August 5: tenor Nick Hebert
August 12: mezzo-soprano Renée Hites
August 19: soprano Rebecca Teeters
August 26: tenor Ethan Bremner

Sunday, June 24

guest musician: Peter Neuendorffer, piano and vocals

Prelude
Wonderful: P. Neuendorffer (improvisation)
Musical Meditation
Looking Out of the Window in my Room:  P. Neuendorffer (2011)
Offertory
The Candy Store: P. Neuendorffer (2010)
Postlude
Wild Mountain Time: arr. P. Neuendorffer

Sunday, June 17

tenor soloist: Richard Saunders

Prelude
To Kill a Mockingbird: Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)
Musical Meditation
Song for My Father: Horace Silver (b.1928)
Offertory
The Lord’s Prayer: Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Postlude
Two Toccatas in C Major: Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Sunday, June 10

The choral music in today’s service is from First Church member Larry Thomas Bell’s four-movement work, Emersonia. Written for the choir of First Church and designed for our service format, the original title was A Unitarian Service.

Prelude
The Rhodora, Op. 113, No. 1: Larry Thomas Bell (b. 1952)
Choral Meditation
Two Rivers, Op. 113, No. 2: Bell
Offertory
Give all to love, Op. 113, No. 3: Bell
Postlude
Concord Hymn, Op. 114, No. 4: Bell

Sunday, June 3

Prelude
Improvisation on Lattimer: Charles Callahan (b. 1951)
Choral Meditation
“Humming Chorus” from Madame Butterfly: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Offertory
Cantate Domino: Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Postlude
Fanfare on McKee: Callahan

Sunday, May 27

Guest instrumentalists: Asako Takeuchi, baroque violin, and Héloïse Degrugillier, recorder

Prelude
selections from Concert de chambre (1737): Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738)
Musical Meditation
Sonata, BWV 1038 (Largo-Vivace): Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Offertory
Beatitudes: Russian Orthodox, arr. R. Proulx
Postlude
selections from Airs à danser (1737): Mouret

Sunday, May 20

Today’s guest musicians: Voices Rising, under the direction of Leora Zimmer

Prelude
Welcome Out!: David Maddux
True Colors: Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly,arr. D. Sharon
Colors of Love: Mark Koval
Choral Meditation
Everything Possible: Fred Small, arr. J.D. Moore
Offertory
Life is Not a Garden: Elizabeth Alexander

Sunday, May 13

Choral Introit
The 23rd Psalm (Dedicated to My Mother): Bobby McFerrin (b. 1950)
Musical Meditation
Dreams: Nigel Harvey (2010)
Christine Teeters, soprano; Carola Emrich-Fisher, mezzo-soprano
Offertory
The Coolin: Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Postlude
Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin (1971)

Sunday, May 6

Coming of Age service
Prelude

Planctus II, Op. 951: Carson P. Cooman (b. 1982)
Musical Meditation
Imagine: John Lennon (1940-1980)
Richard Saunders, tenor soloist
Offertory
Let It Be: John Lennon, Paul Mc Cartney, arr. D. Sharon
Postlude
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude
Fantasia 10, BWV 797: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Invention No. 2 (from Five More Inventions): Frank Warren (b. 1950)
Choral Meditation
The Succession of the Four Sweet Months, Op. 47, No. 2: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Offertory
Der 92. Psalm (D 953): Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
William Thorpe, baritone soloist
Postlude
Ciacona, e minor, BuxWV160: Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)
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