I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson's Life in Word and Song

Dec 7, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“Before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr, before Nelson Mandela, there was Paul Robeson.”

First Parish Lexington and First Church Belmont Unitarian Universalist are proud to present internationally acclaimed baritone and peace activist Anthony Brown in the multimedia musical documentary I GO ON SINGING: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs.

Featuring some of Robeson’s most beloved songs, I Go On Singing reveals the artistic, political and intellectual achievements of the American patriot. Accompanied by Simon Andrews (Belmont) and narrated by Lexington icon Regie Gibson (First Parish), Anthony Brown presents Robeson as a towering figure in American history and a champion for peace and human rights.  Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger makes three video appearances, discussing his friendship with Robeson and the music they shared. More information can be found at anthonybrownbaritone.net.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester, MA. The concert has been underwritten by the Social Action committees of First Parish Lexington and First Church Belmont, so 100% of the proceeds of the concert will go to Louis D. Brown to further their work of “Transforming Society’s Response to Homicide”. Tickets are not required. Suggested donation, $20

Winter Solstice Experience

Dec 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Friday, December 20, 2019, First Parish in Lexington will present a Winter Solstice Experience at 7:00 pm.  With music, ritual, candles, dancing, and darkness, we will experience the quiet of the longest night, and welcome the sun as we wait for her return. Led by Rev. Anne Mason and Music Director Rip Jackson, this will be a worship service exploring earth-centered imagery, with an invitation to cherish the darkness. You are invited to set aside your frenetic everyday concerns and take this hour for your own inward journey.  The Solstice is honored by indigenous religions around the world and we will have music, dance and poetry which honor many traditions.  A diverse group of musicians will provide beautiful Solstice-themed music including soprano sax, vocal soloist Natalie Brierre, string bass, piano, organ, synthesizer, rain stick, gong, Tibetan singing bowl, and other atmospheric musical instruments. We will present music from diverse genres including music by Hildegard Von Bingen, Paul Winter, and Loreena McKennitt, and original music by Rip Jackson. Also participating will be Lisa Maria Steinberg, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry, with other youth and adult volunteers. Free and open to the public. Parking is in the rear of the church.  For more information call 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.

Village Harmony World Music Concert

Jan 10, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble, a world music choir of 16 voices, led by Larry Gordon and Carl Linich, presents traditional harmony singing from throughout the world as well as a set of Spanish Renaissance works. The repertoire includes songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria, Corsica, and South Africa, contemporary and traditional American shape-note tunes and villancicos by Francisco Guerrero. Village Harmony is an organization dedicated to the study, teaching, and performance of harmony singing traditions from across the world, and sponsors an extensive program of traveling singing camps both in New England and abroad. The young alumni singers, ages 19-26, are all veterans of many years of these Village Harmony programs, including overseas tours in South Africa, Macedonia and Georgia. A free will offering will be taken.

A Peace Concert

May 3, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:30 PM, First Parish in Lexington will present a Peace concert of music from the gospel, world, jazz and mystical traditions celebrating Peace in the world and in our hearts. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children’s choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a 10-piece Jazz band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, saxophones, woodwinds and brass). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.