Friday, October 13, 2017

Women's Ensemble invite

Two invitations to Chalice Choir members from Women's Ensemble.  First, please come and support us this Sunday, October 15, as we sing "Tree of Peace".  The lyrics are from "O Brother Man" by John Greenleaf Whittier, adapted with gender inclusive language.  The poem and the music by Gwyneth Walker are beautiful and deeply moving.  It is the most difficult piece WE has attempted so far, and I think we're sounding great!

The second invitation is to women to join us Wednesdays from 8:10 to 9 p.m. as we begin rehearsing "Ella's Song" by Sweet Honey for the November 12 Black Lives Matter service.  You may have heard us perform it in June.  It's the song that goes "We who believe in freedom cannot rest!"  It's easy to learn and fun to sing, so please join us.  If interested, please let me know at

Monday, October 2, 2017

Dear BUF Chalice Choir,

Nice singing on "There Is More Love" and "Guantanamera" yesterday!
That constituted our one Sunday service for October.

Our next performance will be Sunday, November 5.
After that we will only have two more gigs in 2017: Nov 22 and Dec 10,
but for those occasions we'll be singing several centuries worth of the most spectacular choral music ever!

If you'd like to review what we'll be singing when, check out our updated  2017-2018 Performance Calendar on this page.

This Wednesday, Oct 4, we'll work on "A Mighty Fortress," which we'll sing in English (the two verses from the Unitarian hymnbook)  and dive into Britten's Ceremony of Carols in earnest, rehearsing #1 "Processional", #6 "This Little Babe" and introducing #10 "Deo Gratias."

Al has put rehearsal tracks for all of these songs on our practice site:

A reminder: there will be no sectionals this Saturday, Oct 7, because of the church retreat, but Ruth Ann will resume them on Sat, Oct 14 as follows: 9:30am Sops, 10:15am Altos, 11am Tenors and 11:45am Basses.
Ruth Ann was absolutely thrilled with how the sectionals went last Saturday!

See you Wednesday.