Sunday, June 2nd

The month of June kicks off with a special 10am (NOTE THE EARLIER TIME) Pride service on the UUCB lawn before the start of the Pride Parade. The service will begin with Michael Harris and Christopher Sierzchula performing “Love Who You Love” from the musical A Man of No Importance. At the Offertory, the HoUUse Band, UUCB Choir, and Helen Lowry will reprise their stirring rendition of Freddie Mercury’s“Somebody to Love.” As the Reflection, the HoUUse Band, Chris, and the soloists featuring Shaun Doyle will again share “I’ll Cover You – Reprise” from the musical Rent. As the Postlude, we welcome back former UUCB Tenor Soloist Lia Allen for her rendition of Sophie’s “It’s Ok to Cry.”

Sunday, June 9th

This year, Flower Communion is on June 9th. As usual, this will be the last hoorah for our choir and the full music staff until Water Communion in the fall. As the Prelude, Chris will play the lovely solo piano piece “Lavender Field” by Karen Tonaka. At the Offertory, Jessie and Helen will sing an excerpt of the Flower Duet from Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. As the Reflection, the choir will perform the ethereal “Afternoon on a Hill.” Finally, as the Postlude, the Choir – featuring Taryn Goehrig and Shaun Doyle – will sing the stirring “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

Sunday, June 16th

On June 16th, Chris and Jessie will support Cathy’s sermon about “Looking Ahead” with musical selections about facing change. Selections will include a solo piano version of “Changes” by David Bowie and piano and vocal arrangements of “The Times They Are A ‘Changin’” By Bob Dylan and “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison.

Sunday, June 23rd

On June 23rd, Shaun and Chris will share songs about love, stories, and love stories for the sermon “Love Ignites (Stories Unite).”

Sunday, June 30th

Finally, on June 30th, we welcome two-time Casual Concert guests Duo Purla into our sanctuary. They will share special music played on guitar and violin, supporting that day’s theme of “Hope.” We also welcome guest speaker Marissa Linderman who will share something of her experiences as a survivor of the Troubled Teen Industry, as well as how she has been able to move on from that experience.

An Update from Sotto Voce

On Friday June 28th at 7pm and Sunday June 30th at 3pm at St. Joseph University Parish, you can catch Jessie Downs performing the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica with UUCB’s resident opera collective Sotto Voce. Although the original story takes place in a convent, Sotto Voce’s “opera nouveau” production will tie the original story to the experiences of survivors of the Troubled Teen Industry. The show only runs an hour in duration and will be a moving experience that transcends time and place. Tickets are available HERE.

There are also chances to catch previews of the show earlier in the month. On Saturday June 8th at 7pm at UUCB, Jessie, Beth White, and other newer members of Sotto Voce will present a recital with selections from Mozart, Puccini, and more – highlighting the talented vocalists of our growing troupe. On Tuesday June 18th at Randall Baptist Church in Williamsville, come out for dessert, music and a fun yet informative evening of “Let’s Get Together” (a special edition of the “Let’s Do Lunch” series) featuring Sotto Voce. At this event, you’ll get to hear more about Sotto Voce’s “opera nouveau” project, meet our newest members, revisit a couple of excerpts from the The Magic Flute and see previews of Suor Angelica and our shows for the 2024-25 Sotto Voce season and beyond.