In this time of national division, how can we keep our hearts open to those with whom we disagree? What does psychology teach us about the difference between the liberal and conservative approach to politics? Is it possible to find a way to find common ground across the political divide, or will we remain mired in opposition and immobility? Rev. Anne Mason will pose these difficult questions on Sunday in her sermon, “Doors of the Heart.”
There will be Sunday School for Pre-K through 8th Grade. The nursery will be open for babies and toddlers.
This Sunday, guest pianist Hannah Shields and our alto soloists, Julia Jaffe will provide the music for our worship service. Julia will sing Felix Mendelssohn’s reverent “O Rest in the Lord” (from Elijah) and Camille Saint-Saëns’ lovely and passionate “Mon Coeur S’ouvre a ta Voix” (from Samson et Dalila). Hanna will play Franz Schubert’s serene “Moment Musicaux Op. 94, No. 1, “ Robert Schumann’s lyrical “Romanze” (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien) and J. S. Bach lively “Gigue” (from Partita No. 1 in Bb major).
Hannah Shields has performed throughout the US both as a soloist and a chamber musician and is a laureate of the YKAA International Competition, the Fite Young Artist Competition, and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition. She has attended the Yellow Barn, Banff, and Taos summer chamber music festivals. Hannah has lived in the Boston area since graduating from the New England Conservatory, and currently makes her home in Jamaica Plain.
Julia Jaffe, was born in Minsk, Belarus where she attended a specialized music school majoring in piano. At age 15 she immigrated to the USA and pursued dual studies as an opera/classical singer and a linguist. As a singer Julia had been a lifelong learner. After completing a BA in vocal performance from the University of Utah she worked privately with a New England Conservatory teacher as well as Hebrew College Cantor. Julia sang the lead roles with the Lowell Opera House and Commonwealth Lyric Theatre in Boston as well as in the ensembles of Utah Opera House and Opera Tampa. She was a soloist with the Blessed Sacrament Church in Cambridge for nearly 10 years. Currently, Julia is enjoying a stylistically eclectic concert career — she performs programs of Russian and Gypsy romances; Lieder; Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino songs, opera arias and early music.