Unitarian Universalist Choir Festival today in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Unitarian Universalist Choir Festival today in Grass Valley

Unitarian Universalist singers from congregations in Grass Valley, Auburn, Davis, Sacramento, Chico and Reno will gather for an informal choir festival at 5 p.m. today at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church Street. The concert is open to the public. The gathering grew out of conversations among several Unitarian Universalist ministers and their music directors, including Alison Skinner, the new choral director of the Sierra Master Chorale. Skinner serves as music director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. Grass Valley native Jordan Thomas-Rose serves as the director of music at the festival’s hosting congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley.

“We saw that music could connect these sister UU congregations spread from the central valley across to Reno, Nevada,” said the Rev. Kevin Tarsa, Grass Valley pastor. “And thereby set the stage, so to speak, for other kinds of connections, around justice making, care for the earth, and compassion, for example.”

The massed choir will rehearse during the afternoon, and share three songs in the 5 p.m. concert, which will be rounded out with songs by individual choirs and several chances for the audience to sing along.

Given the fire last Friday that destroyed the Highlander Center in Tennessee, the iconic training ground for emerging social justice movements since 1932, festival organizers expect to include the singing of “We Shall Overcome,” one of many songs adapted at Highlander for the Civil Rights movement.

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