Grace Notes: February 21, 2024 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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GRACE NOTESfrom Rev. Kimberley Debus For a few years now, I have watched as other ministers post warnings about fake emails or texts pretending to be them, asking for gift cards or some such, with concerns about hacking, safety, and often a rush to change passwords. I wondered why I wasn’t experiencing this – until …

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MUSIC: Sun Feb 18 – Adam Kent

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Love is in the air at CUUC in the wise message of this week’s worship service and in the warm afterglow of St. Valentine’s Day. This Sunday’s solo piano selections bring the sultry climate of Andalusia in Isaac Albéniz’s “Almería” and the yearning sensuality of Argentinian dance in Alberto Ginastera’s “Danza de la moza donosa.” …

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MUSIC: Sun Feb 11 – Adam Kent

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Music, the universal language, is often said to transcend words, enabling people to commune spiritually beyond the bounds of space and time. But is it really possible to experience music as an abstraction? Can we hear instrumental music without conjuring images, inventing lyrics, or imagining narratives? This Sunday’s solo piano selections beg those questions… Read …

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MUSIC: Sun Feb 4 – Adam Kent

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This Sunday’s solo piano selections anticipate a future of integration and mutuality with respect to the musical idioms of diverse cultures. Included are works by the French composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy that incorporate the language of such historically African American musical styles as ragtime, blues, and jazz. In the Gathering Music is a …

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MUSIC: Sun Jan 28 – Adam Kent

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Francis Poulenc, heir to the Rhone-Poulenc pharmaceutical fortune, would have turned 125 in 2024. His life and music, with their febrile ebullience and solemn introspection, reflect his conflicted identity as a gay man and devout Catholic. His Suite Française is a collection of Renaissance-era courtly dance forms recast in modernist harmonies. Music connected to the …

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MUSIC: Sun Jan 21 – Adam Kent

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In this house that is our sanctuary, I have shared the music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg regularly over the past 34 years. His tuneful, emotionally engaging music embodies the widest possible range of human sentiment, and his faith as a Unitarian makes him the perfect fit for many of our services. The composer himself …

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MUSIC: Sun Jan 14 – Adam Kent

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This Sunday’s piano selections feature the music of composers of African descent from various time periods in a variety of styles. Read on for programming details and stay tuned for spoken introductions. Gathering Music: Adam Kent, piano “Take Me Back”from Appalachia ~ John W. Work III “The Angels Changed My Name”~ African-American Spiritual, arr. Samuel …

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Grace Notes: Thu Dec 21, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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As I write this on Thursday morning, I find myself singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” – thanks in part to a Facebook post extolling the virtues of the version by John Denver and the Muppets. But the version I am singing does betray my age, because it is the version by SCTV characters Bob …

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