Music and Choir
A Song in our Hearts
Music and the Arts are very important to the life of our congregation. We have a dedicated and enthusiastic adult choir, active in the fall, winter, and spring. During the summer and during services when the choir is not singing, our Sunday services include special music, much of it integrating the talents of other members of the congregation, many of whom are professional musicians. Our Special Music Committee arranges all special music programming.
January 22, 2017, Emerson Choir, under the direction of Scott Rieker and accompanied by Christy Marshall, singing “Going Over Home,” arranged by Sonja Poorman:
January 15, 2017, Paul Mahdavi-Bernstein performing “MLK” by U2.
December 11, 2016, “The Old Folkies” presented “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen. The musicians are (left to right) Hap Palmer, Larry Swerdlove, Mia Forbes, and Sindy Swerdlove. Hear them in the video, below.
On October 16, 2016, “The Emersons,” consisting of Briana Bandy, Mia Forbes, Hap Palmer, and Rhonda Richard, performed “Glory Bound,” by Ruth Moody. Hear them in the video, below:
“A Part, Not Apart” by Paul Mahdavi-Bernstein
On October 2, 2016, Paul Mahdavi-Bernstein performed his original song, “A Part, Not Apart” during the worship service. Watch his video, below.
Qawwali, a Form of Sufi Devotional Music
On Sunday, August 21, 2016, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church welcomed a group of local musicians into the Sanctuary to perform “Qawwali,” a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia: in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan; in Hyderabad, Delhi, and other parts of India, especially North India; as well as Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, and many parts of Bangladesh. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back for more than 700 years.
The video below shows Sage Khan (voice) as well as several other family members performing. Sage Khan identifies the performers, as follows: “The other band members, from left to right, facing stage in the back row, Ayoub Sanwari my nephew (vocals, percussion, clapping), Zaeem Khan my son ( vocals, percussion, clapping), Shoeb Bhindarwala my nephew (vocals and clapping), and Shiraj Bhinderwala my cousin (vocals and clapping). On tabla and in charge of all technical matters, my cousin Asif Ali.”