At this General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, over
100 members of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network (UUMN) will join
together to perform Sources: A Unitarian
Universalist Cantata. Made
possible by the loving support of Daniel and Suzanne Boyce of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
and John L. Norris of Nashville, Tennessee, this performance will bring this
unique work for choir and orchestra, for the first time, to an audience of
Unitarian Universalists from all cross the nation.
When they heard that an effort was in motion to bring the Sources Cantata to General Assembly, Dan
and Sue Boyce were delighted to have the opportunity to support it. Both trained musicians, Dan served as
the choir director at the Birmingham
Unitarian Church in Michigan for 24 years. As founding members of the UUMN, they
feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community of
musicians on the national level—a community which they have come to consider a
family. And most importantly, they
feel blessed to be able to give back in this meaningful way.
John Norris shares the Boyces’ deep passion for music and
singing. He attends the First
Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville and sang in the choir there for many
years. Introduced to the Sources Cantata at its debut performance
at the Nashville
Church, John sees his gift
as an exceptional way to support the Unitarian Universalist music, and
musicians, that have long played an important role in his life and his faith.
A UUMN member and friend of Dan and Sue Boyce, Sources composer Rev. Jason Shelton
serves as the Associate Minister for Music at John Norris’s church in Nashville. Shelton was first inspired in 2005 to compose a
major Unitarian Universalist piece—one that would tell the story of our
theological diversity through musical settings drawing on Unitarian
Universalism’s Six Sources. But he
needed a lyricist. Touched by the
words she had written for Lady of the
Seasons’ Laughter, hymn #51 from Singing the Living Tradition, Shelton decided to
cold-call Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, minister of the First Unitarian Society of
Minneapolis, Minnesota to ask if she would lend her talent to the libretto for
Shelton and Gibbons ended up forging an
incredible creative partnership and together, in collaboration with other
musicians, including hip hop artist Justice Whitaker, created an unprecedented
work—featuring Latin jazz, gospel, Broadway, hip hop and classical styles—full of musical and poetic variation.
John Norris plans to be at General Assembly to hear the Sources Cantata performed live,
again. Dan and Sue Boyce will also
be traveling to Fort
Lauderdale to perform with their fellow UUMN members,
under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. They are thrilled to be a part of
sharing this first-of-its-kind work with thousands Unitarian Universalists at
this General Assembly.
Read more about the Sources Cantata at uuworld.org.
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
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