Music: Sun Apr 30

On the outskirts of Barcelona at the summit of Tibidabo, a peak of the Collserola mountain chain, is a playful amusement park known as “Parc d’attraccions”. The site and some of its divertissements are evoked in a charming suite for solo piano by Catalan composer Manuel Blancafort performed this morning. Tibidabo, based on the Latin “tibi dabo”—“I shall give you”---is taken from the Vulgate from the Gospel of St. Matthew. The Devil tempts Jesus, showing him a view of the world from on high—as if from a mountain peak—and suggests, “All these things I shall give you, if though wilt fall down and worship me.” As a tourist destination, Tibidabo features not only the quaint children’s rides and spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean, but also the peculiar image of a huge statue of Christ overlooking the tiny Sagrat Cor church, His arms outstretched over the park’s gigantic Ferriswheel.

The CUUC Choir is also on hand with selections inspired by April’s monthly theme of Mercy, including references to divine compassion as well as poetry by Emily Dickinson.

Finally, song writer and satirist extraordinaire Roy Zimmerman—widely admired in UU circles—returns to CUUC with selections for the morning’s Offertory and Postlude.

Read on for programming details.

Prelude Adam Kent, piano
From Parc d’attraccions
   I.   L’Orgue dels cavallets (The Carousel Organ)
   II.  El tumult desvetlla recorts (The Tumult Awakens Memories)
   III.  Polka de l’equilibrista (The Polka of the Tight-Rope Walker)
Manuel Blancafort

Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow" Music by Charles Gabriel, Words by Civilla D. Marin, arr. by Ruth Elaine Schram

Offertory: Roy Zimmerman
"Citizens United"

Anthem: CUUC Choir
"I Shall Not Live In Vain"   Music by Ruth Morris Gray, Words by Emily Dickinson

Postlude: Roy Zimmerman
"My Vote, My Voice, My Right"

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