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Both Firm and Flexible
1/29/23 at 10:30am
This will be a hybrid service, with the in-person portion being held in the sanctuary of First Universalist, and the virtual portion being held over Zoom.
Beginning the seasonal theme of Boundaries, let's explore when boundaries must be held firm and when they can move and sway. What situations call us to rigidity? And where can we embrace more fluidity in our lives?
Speaker: Rev. Lane-Mairead Campbell
Masking in the First Universalist church building is now optional, please respect any distancing requests by fellow attendees. A mask-required section of the sanctuary is designated for those preferring to stay masked.
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January 29, 2023
Eastman Organists’ Community Concert
The first Community Concert of 2023 will take place Sunday, January 29th at 4:00pm at First Universalist Church of Rochester.
The concert features
the church’s very historically significant 1908 pipe organ built by pioneering English organ-builder, Robert Hope-Jones. This instrument is one of the only of its type in the world that remains essentially in its original condition, utilizing some quite advanced mechanical and electrical systems, many of which were pioneered by Hope-Jones, and became standard parts of organ building in generations since.
Tonally, the instrument is conceived in a wholly orchestral style, meaning its many and varied sounds often mimic the sounds of orchestral instruments.
Notably, Hope-Jones is credited with inventing the Wurlitzer theater-organ, which came to massive popularity in the 1920s silent film era, so this instrument is a rare look into Hope-Jones’ sound-world prior to the conception of the full theater-organ style.
Held monthly at various churches around Rochester, upcoming concerts will be posted on the Eastman School of Music ‘Organ Events’ webpage. Please refer to the link below for up-to-date info on location, times, and performers.
For more information on the Community Concert Series, please visit
February 12, 2023
Book Group: "Gravel Heart" by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Book Group will meet on February 12 at noon in the Chalice Room to discuss "Gravel Heart" by Abdulrazak Gurnah.
It is a book not to be missed. The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021 for this fascinating read. The main character knows his father did not want him so when his beloved Uncle Amir invited him to study in London, he accepted. After a very lonely childhood and teen years in a strange city the loneliness just kept getting worse for this chap. The author shows us that there is nothing romantic about the immigrant experience.
We should be able to have a lively discussion about this novel so please consider joining us. We love piquing interest and we certainly appreciate seeing you there. Any questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 5, 2023
In-Person Drop-In Discussion: Democracy and Ignorance
In our democracy, should the ignorant and uninformed have an equal voice with the educated and well-informed?Facilitated by Phil Ebersole.
This will be the topic of our next in-church drop-in discussion, which are held at 9:15am in the Chalice Room on the first Sunday of the month.
All are welcome. If you have a topic you'd like discussed or, better still, would be willing to facilitate a discussion, speak to Phil Ebersole.
Drop-in discussions have resumed in the Chalice Room and will continue to be held there on the first Sunday of each month.
Eastman at Washington Square - Spring 2023
The Eastman Community Music School is proud to present free weekly concerts featuring artists from the Eastman School of Music and ECMS. Faculty and Student Performances from both schools offer an excellent opportunity to hear some of the best musicians that Rochester has to offer and all performances are absolutely free!
Celebrate the start of a new year, and a new season of Eastman@Washington
Square, with clarinetist Andrew Brown and pianist Irina Lupines.
Join Eastman students Aliceyn Covington on french horn, Cole Henslee on tuba,
and Kathryn Carley on euphonium, in appreciating the low-end of the musical
Four Centuries of Songs Across the World
Monica Ramich, soprano and Kenneth Kam, guitarist and lutenist, will be sharing
music by Bach, Dowland, Hahn, Villa-Lobos, Seiber and the Beatles.
Guitarist Alex Nazaretski, from the studio of Nicholas Goluses, will perform the
music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Mario Castelnuvo -Tedesco, and Dionisio
Something Old, Something New
Bassoonist Blaire Koerner and pianist Zack Peterson will be returning to
Eastman@Washington Square. Don’t miss this much anticipated reprise!
Piano Extravaganza I
Come hear the students from the studio of Professor Douglas Humpherys perform
fabulous works for solo piano.
Piano Extravaganza II
A second installment of masterpieces for piano performed by students from the
studio of Professor Douglas Humpherys.
Come hear a virtuoso recital featuring violinists from the studio of Eastman
professor Renée Jolles.
Enjoy the ECMS Krustenjerna Scholarship Flute Choir, performing under the
direction of Sophia Gibbs Kim, as they help us usher in the spring with beautiful