Music and Arts
UUCB has a long tradition of incorporating the arts in worship and encouraging artistic expression. Throughout the building and grounds are paintings, sculptures, and other art works, some commissioned or donated, some on temporary loan. Three large mosaics were created by the congregation under the leadership of artist Kim Larson. Our talented actors, musicians, dancers and directors have produced countless plays and musicals over the years. Two longstanding musical traditions at UUCB are the Sing-Along Messiah before Christmas and “Love Songs and Chocolate” around Valentine’s Day.
At Sunday and Thursday night services, congregants sing a wide variety of songs from two Unitarian Universalist hymnals.
On January 17, 2016, UUCB held its first Music and Arts Summit, organized by Gail Simpson. The slide presentation Gail gave may be downloaded here: Arts Summit Slides PPTX. To follow up with any questions, ideas or proposals, contact Gail.
See also the Handicrafters and Write for Your Life groups on the Interest Groups page, the Gamelan Ensemble, and the Youth and Children’s Choir. The Aesthetics Committee (contact Lynne Cahoon) coordinates installations of visual art, and the Altar Flowers Committee (contact Judy Sam) creates a temporary artistic arrangement for each Sunday.
Music is a vibrant presence at UUCB. Luminescence (the choir of adults), the Youth and Children’s Choir, the Gamelan, small instrumental and vocal ensembles, a magnificent organ, a concert grand piano, and an acoustically rich sanctuary all add up to some marvelous music making.
Director of Music Bryan Baker, Principal Organist Katya Kolesnikova, and a quartet of professional soloists make up our music staff. The congregation boasts a number of renowned composers and many keen musicians in diverse styles.
Sundays are filled with a variety of music: from grand organ pieces to lighthearted piano duets; solo songs from Schubert to Sondheim to Sarah Barrielis; choral pieces range from Bach to the Beatles; you might hear Irish folk tunes or songs by Jason Mraz.