Music: Sun Mar 26

The March Worship Theme of Mercy is embodied in both instrumental and vocal selections at Sunday morning’s service. CUUC Music Committee co-chair and chorister Kim Force teams up with hubby and trombonist Christian Force, bassist Marty Kounitz, and Music Director Adam Kent in an arrangement of Mosey Allison’s bluesey, soulful “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy”, a song which seems to challenge listeners to assess the depth of their commitment to justice and compassion on earth. Kim also treats us to Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World”, a preview of next Sunday’s Sock Hop concert with the CUUC Choir, featuring danceable delights from 1950’s---the dawn of the rock-n’-roll era.

The Prelude and Opening Music focus on solo piano works by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou, whose Impresiones íntimas offer tender glimpses of every day domestic life. The last number of this suite---Gitano—was written after an encounter with a gypsy near Barcelona. Apparently, the composer’s car had a run-in with an itinerant gypsy, who, according to Mompou, responded to the mishap not with anger or curses, but with good-humored forgiveness and grace.

Read on for programming details

Prelude: Adam Kent, piano
From Impresiones íntimas:
            Planys I and II (Laments)
            Pájaro triste (Sad Bird)
            La barca  (The Boat)
            Cuna (Cradle)
                                                            Federico Mompou

Opening Music:
Canción y danza No. 1

Offertory: Kim Force, soprano; Christian Force, trombone; Marty Kounitz, bass
Wonderful World       
                                                            Sam Cooke

Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy
                                                Mose Allison  

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